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5 definitions found
 for Burnish
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Burnish \Bur"nish\, n.
     The effect of burnishing; gloss; brightness; luster.
     --Crashaw.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Burnish \Bur"nish\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Burnished; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Burnishing.] [OE. burnischen, burnissen, burnen, OF.
     burnir, brunir, to make brown, polish, F. brunir, fr. F. brun
     brown, fr. OHG. br?n; cf. MHG. briunen to make brown, polish.
     See Brown, a.]
     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.
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           The frame of burnished steel, that east a glare
           From far, and seemed to thaw the freezing air.
                                                    --Dryden.
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           Now the village windows blaze,
           Burnished by the setting sun.            --Cunningham.
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     Burnishing machine, a machine for smoothing and polishing
        by compression, as in making paper collars.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Burnish \Bur"nish\, v. i.
     To shine forth; to brighten; to become smooth and glossy, as
     from swelling or filling out; hence, to grow large.
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           A slender poet must have time to grow,
           And spread and burnish as his brothers do. --Dryden.
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           My thoughts began to burnish, sprout, and swell.
                                                    --Herbert.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  burnish
      n 1: the property of being smooth and shiny [syn: polish,
           gloss, glossiness, burnish]
      v 1: polish and make shiny; "buff the wooden floors"; "buff my
           shoes" [syn: buff, burnish, furbish]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  22 Moby Thesaurus words for "burnish":
     buff, dress, finish, furbish, glance, glaze, gloss, luster, polish,
     rub, rub up, sand, sandblast, sandpaper, scour, shine, sleek,
     slick, slick down, smooth, varnish, wax
  
  

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