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burnish

verb bur·nish \ ˈbər-nish \

Definition of burnish

transitive verb
1 a :to make shiny or lustrous especially by rubbing
  • burnish leather
  • burnishing his sword
b :polish 3
  • attempting to burnish her image
2 :to rub (a material) with a tool for compacting or smoothing or for turning an edge
  • pottery with a smooth burnished surface

burnisher

noun

burnishing

adjective or noun

Examples of burnish in a Sentence

  1. burnished the floor of the ballroom to a soft luster

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Origin and Etymology of burnish

Middle English burnischen, from Anglo-French burniss-, stem of burnir, alteration of Old French brunir, literally, to make brown, from brun

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burnish

noun

Definition of burnish

Examples of burnish in a Sentence

  1. after some much-needed polishing, the silver tea set had a brilliant burnish

Recent Examples of burnish from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of burnish


BURNISH Defined for English Language Learners

burnish

verb

Definition of burnish for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something, such as metal or leather) smooth and shiny by rubbing it


BURNISH Defined for Kids

burnish

verb bur·nish \ ˈbər-nish \

Definition of burnish for Students

burnished; burnishing
:to make shiny


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