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Meaning of VARNISH

Pronunciation:  'vârnish

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  paint that provides a hard glossy transparent coating
  2. [v]  cover with varnish

VARNISH is a 7 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: seal
 See Also: coat, fixative, lacquer, paint, shellac, shellac, shellac varnish, surface



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Var"nish\, n. [OE. vernish, F. vernis, LL. vernicium;
    akin to F. vernir to varnish, fr. (assumed) LL. vitrinire to
    glaze, from LL. vitrinus glassy, fr. L. vitrum glass. See
    1. A viscid liquid, consisting of a solution of resinous
       matter in an oil or a volatile liquid, laid on work with a
       brush, or otherwise. When applied the varnish soon dries,
       either by evaporation or chemical action, and the resinous
       part forms thus a smooth, hard surface, with a beautiful
       gloss, capable of resisting, to a greater or less degree,
       the influences of air and moisture.
    Note: According to the sorts of solvents employed, the
          ordinary kinds of varnish are divided into three
          classes: spirit, turpentine, and oil varnishes.
          --Encyc. Brit
    2. That which resembles varnish, either naturally or
       artificially; a glossy appearance.
             The varnish of the holly and ivy.     --Macaulay.
    3. An artificial covering to give a fair appearance to any
       act or conduct; outside show; gloss.
             And set a double varnish on the fame The Frenchman
             gave you.                             --Shak.
    {Varnish tree} (Bot.), a tree or shrub from the juice or
       resin of which varnish is made, as some species of the
       genus {Rhus}, especially {R. vernicifera} of Japan. The
       black varnish of Burmah is obtained from the
       {Melanorrh[oe]a usitatissima}, a tall East Indian tree of
       the Cashew family. See {Copal}, and {Mastic}.
  2. \Var"nish\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Varnished}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Varnishing}.] [Cf. F. vernir, vernisser. See
    {Varnish}, n.]
    1. To lay varnish on; to cover with a liquid which produces,
       when dry, a hard, glossy surface; as, to varnish a table;
       to varnish a painting.
    2. To cover or conceal with something that gives a fair
       appearance; to give a fair coloring to by words; to gloss
       over; to palliate; as, to varnish guilt. ``Beauty doth
       varnish age.'' --Shak.
             Close ambition, varnished o'er with zeal. --Milton.
             Cato's voice was ne'er employed To clear the guilty
             and to varnish crimes.                --Addison.