burnish

  • 1 Burnish — Bur nish, v. i. To shine forth; to brighten; to become smooth and glossy, as from swelling or filling out; hence, to grow large. [1913 Webster] A slender poet must have time to grow, And spread and burnish as his brothers do. Dryden. [1913… …

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  • 2 Burnish — Bur nish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Burnished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Burnishing}.] [OE. burnischen, burnissen, burnen, OF. burnir, brunir, to make brown, polish, F. brunir, fr. F. brun brown, fr. OHG. br?n; cf. MHG. briunen to make brown, polish. See… …

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  • 3 Burnish — Bur nish, n. The effect of burnishing; gloss; brightness; luster. Crashaw. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 4 burnish — early 14c., from O.Fr. burniss prp. stem of burnir, metathesis of brunir to make brown/bright, polish, from brun brown, polished, from a Germanic source (Cf. O.H.G. brun, O.N. brunn bright, polished, brown; see BROWN (Cf. brown)) …

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  • 5 burnish — [v] polish, brighten buff, furbish, glance, glaze, gloss, luster, patina, put on a finish, rub, sheen, shine, smooth, wax; concepts 202,215 Ant. dull, tarnish …

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  • 6 burnish — ► VERB ▪ polish by rubbing. ► NOUN ▪ the shine on a polished surface. DERIVATIVES burnisher noun. ORIGIN Old French brunir make brown , from brun brown …

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  • 7 burnish — [bʉr′nish] vt., vi. [ME burnishen < OFr burniss , extended stem of brunir, to make brown < brun: see BRUNET] to make or become shiny by rubbing; polish n. a gloss or polish SYN. POLISH burnisher n …

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  • 8 burnish — [[t]bɜ͟ː(r)nɪʃ[/t]] burnishes, burnishing, burnished VERB To burnish the image of someone or something means to improve their image. [JOURNALISM] [V n] The European Parliament badly needs a president who can burnish its image. Syn: improve …

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  • 9 burnish — UK [ˈbɜː(r)nɪʃ] / US [ˈbɜrnɪʃ] verb [transitive] Word forms burnish : present tense I/you/we/they burnish he/she/it burnishes present participle burnishing past tense burnished past participle burnished 1) to rub metal until it shines 2) to… …

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  • 10 burnish — burnishable, adj. burnishment, n. /berr nish/, v.t. 1. to polish (a surface) by friction. 2. to make smooth and bright. 3. Engraving. to flatten and enlarge the dots of (a halftone) by rubbing with a tool. n. 4. gloss; brightness; luster: the… …

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  • 11 burnish — verb To make smooth or shiny by rubbing; to polish; to shine. In pottery, a stone is sometimes used to burnish a pot before firing, giving it a smooth, shiny look …

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  • 12 burnish — verb Burnish is used with these nouns as the object: ↑credentials, ↑image …

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  • 13 burnish — bur|nish [ˈbə:nıʃ US ˈbə:r ] v [T] formal [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: brunir to make brown, cause to shine , from brun brown ] 1.) to polish metal or another substance until it shines 2.) to work hard in order to improve something ▪… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 burnish —  to BURNISH, to grow fat or increase in flesh, look jolly, or rosy. Ex moor …

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  • 15 burnish — I. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English burnischen, from Anglo French burniss , stem of burnir, alteration of Old French brunir, literally, to make brown, from brun Date: 14th century 1. a. to make shiny or lustrous especially by rubbing b.… …

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  • 16 Burnish — Burnishing is a form of pottery decoration in which the surface of the pot is polished, using a hard smooth surface such as a wooden or bone spatula, smooth stones, or even glass bulbs, while it still is in a leathery green state, i.e. before… …

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  • 17 Burnish — Полировать; шлифовать; отделывать; Удалять (с клише) неровности резцом; Корректировать (клише) с помощью резца …

    Краткий толковый словарь по полиграфии

  • 18 burnish — Synonyms and related words: buff, dress, finish, furbish, glance, glaze, gloss, luster, polish, rub, rub up, sand, sandblast, sandpaper, scour, shine, sleek, slick, slick down, smooth, varnish, wax …

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  • 19 burnish — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. polish (See light, smoothness). II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. polish, buff, shine; see polish , shine 3 . See Synonym Study at polish . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. polish, smooth, brighten, furbish …

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  • 20 burnish — bur|nish [ bɜrnıʃ ] verb transitive 1. ) to rub metal until it shines 2. ) to improve your reputation or the way you appear to other people ╾ bur|nished [ bɜrnıʃt ] adjective …

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