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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Burnisher A tool with a hard, smooth, rounded end or surface, as of steel, ivory, or agate, used in smoothing or polishing by rubbing. It has a variety of forms adapted to special uses.
    • Burnisher One who burnishes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During the Renaissance blond hair became so much de rigueur in Venice that a brunette was not to be seen except among the working classes. Venetian women spent hours dyeing and burnishing their hair until they achieved the harsh metallic glitter that was considered a necessity.
    • n burnisher One who burnishes or polishes.
    • n burnisher A tool of various shapes and material, but commonly with a smooth, slightly convex head, used for polishing in various processes and operations, as in porcelain-painting, dentistry, etc.
    • n burnisher An instrument of tempered steel, with slightly curved polished sides and rounded point, used by etchers and line-engravers to remove roughnesses, scratches, and stains from the surface of a metal plate. Wood-engravers who wish to take by hand a trial-proof of a block, finished or in progress, ink the raised lines, lay over them a piece of India paper and a card, and then, by even friction with the burnisher, obtain the desired impression.
    • n burnisher In shoemaking, a polishing-machine which holds the shoe firmly while a heated steel tool is pressed with force against the heel or sole, previously moistened with a preparation of varnish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Burnisher an instrument employed in burnishing
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In literature:

Her hair was parted and the burnished braids lay heavy on her lovely neck.
"The Trumpeter Swan" by Temple Bailey
Boy sat by the fire in the kitchen and drank her tea, an alert little figure, her burnished hair neatly coiled, and hat beside her.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
The Corinthian pillars near them changed into burnished gold.
"Roads from Rome" by Anne C. E. Allinson
Being arrayed in a frock coat and somewhat burnished up, I suppose I had the appearance of a possible customer.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
The shopkeeper burnished up the setting of the diamonds and placed the ring among many others in the show-case upon his counter.
"The Path of Duty, and Other Stories" by H. S. Caswell
When it is dry, burnish it well with a tooth.
"Arts and Crafts in the Middle Ages" by Julia De Wolf Addison
Her hair was parted and the burnished braids lay heavy on her lovely neck.
"The Trumpeter Swan" by Temple Bailey
In triple gold arrayed, Each grasps the burnished shield, and girds the trusty blade.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
It was like a burnished shield.
"The Place Beyond the Winds" by Harriet T. Comstock
A bubble or two, like globules of quicksilver, were detached from the burnished skin of air that clothed him, and came glittering upward.
"Police!!!" by Robert W. Chambers
This meadow in June, for instance, when the buttercups are high, is one broad expanse of burnished gold.
"Nature Near London" by Richard Jefferies
His armour was burnished and his sword was once more girt by his side.
"Undine" by Friedrich de la Motte Fouquée
The mountain peaks alone glisten as though they were built of silver burnished by an agate.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
The glassy waves were no longer encumbered with ice, but shone like burnished gold in the light of the summer sun.
"Ungava" by R.M. Ballantyne
They were all clean-run, and shone in the bright sunshine like bars of burnished silver.
"Fort Desolation" by R.M. Ballantyne
Burnish them if necessary, and you will see a band of light reflected from each wire.
"The Aeroplane Speaks" by H. Barber
The brass shines with the lustre of burnished gold, and the dark wood-work has the polish of old mahogany.
"Helen and Arthur" by Caroline Lee Hentz
Who knows of the weapon burnished, the cartridge filled and the sabre sharpened by that light for the morrow?
"Edmond Dantès" by Edmund Flagg
The canoe still floated motionless on the calm ocean, which shone like a sheet of burnished gold.
"Mary Liddiard" by W.H.G. Kingston
Was it that city of golden gates and burnished towers?
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

So lily-white, the tree, behold,
Seems set on fire by burnished lights,
And shoal on honeying shoal alights,
And turns the snowy boughs to gold.
"Echoes Of Spring" by Mathilde Blind
Of even valour's temperate heat,
And toils to stubborn patience sweet;
Of nodding plumes, and burnish'd arms,
And glory's bright terrific charms.
"The Origin Of Song Writing" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld
Where yesterday rolled long waves of gold
Beneath the burnished blue of the sky,
A silver-white sea lies still and cold,
And a bitter wind blows by.
"Prarie" by Virna Sheard
Golden shadows, silver light,
Burnish bright
Air and water, domes and skies;
As in some ambrosial dream,
On the stream
Floats our bark in magic wise.
"Spring Longing" by Emma Lazarus
Whate'er thou hadst, no mere delight
Was thine the glittering prize to hold;
Not thine the form that met thy sight,
Replying from the burnished gold;
"To The Venus Of Melos" by John Lawson Stoddard
The air was bright for looking:
Most far in blue, aloft,
Clouds steered a burnished drift;
Larks' nip and tuck arising
Came in for my love's praising.
"Song For A Summer's Day" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Yesterday I noted that Louisiana Governor and hardline Republican Bobby Jindal is contemplating turning down stimulus funds as a way to burnish his conservative credentials in advance of a 2012 or 2016 presidential run.
Private development company working with the US government is searching for an agency to burnish investor perceptions of Egyptian business opportunities through international media.
Lazio Eyes Green Support to Burnish Moderate Image.
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Gallego's environmental credentials burnished by League of Conservation Voters endorsement.
Unlike his Heat teammates, Chris Bosh's image burnished after playoffs.
The more level the surface, the better the burnish .
So, if you are starting out and have to select equipment, and if the only consideration is the burnish finish, you will probably go with centrifugal barrels.
The Orbis Ultra High Speed Battery Burnisher from Truvox International is a quiet, cordless floor-care machine designed to offer total maneuverability and increased productivity.
Tennant has introduced the newly designed Model 2370 burnisher , engineered to offer smooth and quiet operation, uniform burnishing results and high-quality dust control, according to the company.
Chagall 's reputation needs no burnishing and yet refinements are always welcome.
Gallego 's environmental credentials burnished by League of Conservation Voters endorsement.
Maple- Glazed Roast Turkey With Riesling Gravy Covering a turkey with a glaze of maple syrup and butter in the final 30 minutes of roasting results in a beautifully burnished, slightly sweet bird.
The 3050 increases image clarity and improves gloss in 18 percent fewer passes than similar burnishing pads .
We the people should lead our lives to serve, not to burnish our obituaries.

In science:

The logical status of risk-to burnish or to dull.
Informal Control code logic
The logical status of risk-to burnish or to dull.
Informal Control code logic