Burnish

Definition of Burnish

Bur´nish
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Burnished ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Burnishing.]
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.
v. i.1.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.
- Herbert.
n.1.The effect of burnishing; gloss; brightness; luster.

Related Words

dress, finish, furbish, glance, glaze, gloss, luster, rub, rub up, sand, sandblast, sandpaper, scour, sleek, slick, slick down, smooth, varnish
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