What does burnish mean?

burnish meaning in General Dictionary

The effect of burnishing gloss brightness luster

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  • To shine forth to enhance to be smooth and glossy as from swelling or completing hence to develop huge
  • To cause to shine to produce smooth and bright to polish especially to polish by rubbing with one thing hard and smooth on burnish metal or report
  • polish and make shiny
  • the house of being smooth and shiny
  • To cause to shine; to produce smooth and bright; to polish;u000du000a particularly, to polish by massaging with something difficult and smooth; since,u000du000a to burnish metal or report.
  • To shine forth; to brighten; to be smooth and glossy, as from swelling or filling out; ergo, to cultivate large.
  • the end result of burnishing; gloss; brightness; luster.

burnish meaning in Etymology Dictionary

very early 14c., from Old French burniss- current participle stem of burnir, metathesis of brunir "to shine, gleam, sparkle" (trans.), "to polish, make glow, make bright, shine," from brun "brown; polished," from Frankish or other Germanic origin (compare Old tall German brun, Old Norse brunn "bright, polished; brown;" see brown (adj.)). The text to "brown" might-be explained if the original objects in your mind were wood people. Relevant: Burnished; burnishing.


burnish meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Resulting in to shine; which will make smooth and bright; to polish; especially, to polish by massaging with something hard and smooth; since, to burnish metal or report.

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  • (v. i.) To shine forth; to enhance; in order to become smooth and shiny, as from swelling or filling in; for this reason, to develop large.
  • (n.) The consequence of burnishing; gloss; brightness; luster.

Sentence Examples with the word burnish

Yet, in saying this, I do but indirectly burnish a little brighter the noble merit of the poem and the poet.

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