Tarnish

Definition of Tarnish

Tar´nish
v. t.1.To soil, or change the appearance of, especially by an alternation induced by the air, or by dust, or the like; to diminish, dull, or destroy the luster of; to sully; as, to tarnish a metal; to tarnish gilding; to tarnish the purity of color.
[imp. & p. p. Tarnished ; p. pr. & vb. n. Tarnishing.]
v. i.1.To lose luster; to become dull; as, gilding will tarnish in a foul air.
Till thy fresh glories, which now shine so bright,
Grow stale and tarnish with our daily sight.
- Dryden.
n.1.The quality or state of being tarnished; stain; soil; blemish.
2.(Min.) A thin film on the surface of a metal, usually due to a slight alteration of the original color; as, the steel tarnish in columbite.

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