In cabinets, this is the act of putting on a transparent coating after a cabinet is painted or stained to create a polished The surface painted appearance of a cabinet, usually indicating its glossiness or reflectiveness. They range from most shiny to flat: Glossy... More. But this applies to a faux finishing technique that gives cabinets depth by artificially applying age to the wood.
When you see cabinets with darker paint to augment the edges or details, that technique is glazing. This is a purely aesthetic application.