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varnish

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noun var·nish \ˈvär-nish\

Simple Definition of varnish

  • : a liquid that is spread on a surface and that dries to form a hard, shiny coating

  • : the hard, shiny coating that is produced by varnish

Full Definition of varnish

  1. 1 a :  a liquid preparation that when applied to a surface dries to form a hard lustrous typically transparent coating b :  the covering or glaze given by the application of varnish c (1) :  something that suggests varnish by its gloss (2) :  a coating (as of deposits in an internal combustion engine) comparable to varnish

  2. 2 :  outside show :  1gloss

  3. 3 chiefly British :  a liquid nail polish

var·nishy play \-ni-shē\ adjective

Examples of varnish

  1. She accidentally scratched the varnish.



Origin of varnish

Middle English vernisch, from Anglo-French vernis, from Old Italian or Medieval Latin; Old Italian vernice, from Medieval Latin veronic-, veronix sandarac


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with varnish


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varnish

verb var·nish

Simple Definition of varnish

  • : to cover (something) with varnish

Full Definition of varnish

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to apply varnish to

  3. 2 :  to cover or conceal (as something unpleasant) with something that gives an attractive appearance :  2gloss

  4. 3 :  adorn, embellish

var·nish·er play \ˈvär-ni-shər\ noun

14th Century

First Known Use of varnish

14th century



VARNISH Defined for Kids

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varnish

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noun var·nish \ˈvär-nish\

Definition of varnish

  1. :  a liquid that is spread on a surface and dries into a hard coating




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varnish

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verb var·nish

Definition of varnish

var·nishedvar·nish·ing

  1. :  to cover with or as if with a liquid that dries into a hard coating




Medical Dictionary

varnish

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noun var·nish \ˈvär-nish\

Medical Definition of varnish

  1. :  any of various liquid preparations that when spread and allowed to dry on a surface form a hard lustrous typically transparent coating and that include some used in dentistry to line deep cavities in order to protect the pulp of a tooth

  2. varnish transitive verb





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