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Meaning of BURNISH

Pronunciation:  'burnish

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the property of being smooth and shiny
  2. [v]  polish and make shiny; "buff the wooden floors"; "buff my shoes"

BURNISH is a 7 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: buff, flush, furbish, gloss, glossiness, polish
 See Also: effulgence, French polish, glaze, polish, radiance, radiancy, refulgence, refulgency, shine, shine, smooth, smoothen, smoothness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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 {Brown}, a.]
    To cause to shine; to make smooth and bright; to polish;
    specifically, to polish by rubbing with something hard and
    smooth; as, to burnish brass or paper.
          The frame of burnished steel, that east a glare From
          far, and seemed to thaw the freezing air. --Dryden.
          Now the village windows blaze, Burnished by the setting
          sun.                                     --Cunningham.
    {Burnishing machine}, a machine for smoothing and polishing
       by compression, as in making paper collars.
  2. \Bur"nish\, v. i.
    To shine forth; to brighten; to become smooth and glossy, as
    from swelling or filling out; hence, to grow large.
          A slender poet must have time to grow, And spread and
          burnish as his brothers do.              --Dryden.
          My thoughts began to burnish, sprout, and swell.
  3. \Bur"nish\, n.
    The effect of burnishing; gloss; brightness; luster.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: buff, dress, finish, furbish, glance, glaze, gloss, luster, polish, rub, rub up, sand, sandblast, sandpaper, scour, shine, sleek, slick, slick down, smooth, varnish, wax