- the laying on of paint thickly.
- the paint so laid on.
- enamel or slip applied to a ceramic object to form a decoration in low relief.
"In the darkness and confusion and rain, Indians, Africans, and Europeans on both sides smashed clumsily at each other with sticks and blades... Covered with a thick impasto of blood and earth, shouting and sobbing, the two forces assailed each other without compunction."
- Charles Mann, 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created