burnish

Definitions

  • Burnishing the heel
    Burnishing the heel
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v burnish polish and make shiny "buff the wooden floors","buff my shoes"
    • n burnish the property of being smooth and shiny
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • 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 Burnish The effect of burnishing; gloss; brightness; luster.
    • v. t Burnish 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. "The frame of burnished steel, that east a glare
      From far, and seemed to thaw the freezing air."
      "Now the village windows blaze, Burnished by the setting sun."
    • v. i Burnish 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."
      "My thoughts began to burnish , sprout, and swell."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • burnish To cause to glow or become resplendent.
    • burnish To polish by friction; make smooth and lustrous: as, to burnish steel.
    • burnish To grow, as a child; thrive; flourish; become fat and sleek; hence, to become bright or brilliant; show conspicuously.
    • n burnish Polish; hence, gloss; brightness; luster.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Burnish burn′ish to polish: to make bright by rubbing
    • n Burnish polish: lustre
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. burnischen, burnissen, burnen, OF. burnir, brunir, to make brown, polish, F. brunir, fr. F. brun, brown, fr. OHG. brn,; cf. MHG. briunen, to make brown, polish. See Brown (a.)

Usage

In literature:

On all sides the burnished ocean, hot and breathless.
"Civilization" by Ellen Newbold La Motte
The ceiling was emblazoned with the Hauteville arms, and was radiant with burnished gold.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
In one corner of the room stood a tall clock with a burnished copper face, and in another a cupboard containing glass and china.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
The roof and the upper halves of the walls were covered with plates of burnished silver.
"The Romance of Golden Star ..." by George Chetwynd Griffith
They cast deep black shadows on the walls behind them, and threw burnished, rippling ribbons over the dark water below.
"The Adventures of Uncle Jeremiah and Family at the Great Fair" by Charles McCellan Stevens (AKA 'Quondam')
Her hair was light brown and had a burnished look in the sun.
"Grace Harlowe's Problem" by Jessie Graham Flower
It was not higher lifted nor brighter burnished than her spirit then.
"The Coast of Chance" by Esther Chamberlain
Here is his library, which seems a mass of burnished gold, from the splendid binding of the books.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
The shopkeeper burnished up the setting of the diamonds and placed the ring among many others in the show-case upon his counter.
"Stories and Sketches" by Harriet S. Caswell
There, slowly riding in over the waves all burnished and aflame with ruddy sunlight, was the "Gull"!
"Culm Rock" by Glance Gaylord
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In poetry:

Looking like some burnished eagle
Hovering o'er a fluttered bird;
Not unseen of silver Naiad,
And of wistful Dryad heard!
"Daphne" by George Meredith
The heart thoughts all bright and burnished
By high poetic art,
As sweet as the wood-bird's warble
Touching the very heart.
"Thoughts" by Nora Pembroke
Her locks as they were burnished shone
In many a massy fold,
Or fell in their profusion down
Like bursting sheaves of gold.
"Cora" by Charles Harpur
"O stay me not ye gallant youths,
For soon it shall appear;
This burnish'd coffer doth contain
ALL THAT I HOLD MOST DEAR !"
"Sir Raymond of the Castle" by Mary Darby Robinson
Far o'er the glowing western main
His wistful brow was upward raised,
Where, like an angel's train,
The burnished water blazed.
"Monday In Easter Week" by John Keble
And where the flowers were thickest shed,
Each blossom like a burnished gem,
A creeping baby reared its head,
And cooed at them.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

Presidential debates on international affairs almost always invoke a lot of tough talk, and Monday's was no exception, as Barack Obama and Mitt Romney used the topic of Iran to burnish their macho credentials.
This automotive Tier 1 supplier reduced scrap on its variable valve timing (VVT) stator bores by replacing roller burnishing operations with a Sunnen VSS-2 single-stroke honing machine.
Marco Rubio, the Florida GOP's candidate for US Senate, loves to burnish his conservative chops.
Burnished by Starbucks, upstart Square battles payment giants.
Could President Obama use a second term to burnish his legacy on the climate not only to his country, but also to the planet.
It draws more tourists than any attraction in the state, with its 1836 story burnished by Hollywood and a reputation as a monument to lessons of courage and self-sacrifice.
Presidential candidates emplane for Europe, the Mideast or anywhere else they can burnish their foreign policy credentials and attract some media attention.
Skip the sequins this holiday season and ornament yourself in rich fabrics, burnished metallics, and jeweled accessories.
In a bid to burnish its reputation as a forward-thinking brand , Ford has released a 74-page internal consumer trends report for 2013 that forecasts major disruptions among numerous industries, including.
Hoping to burnish her credentials for a possible run at Horse of the Year honors, Fred and Buff Bradley will send their.
Machines engineered specifically to perform skiving and roller burnishing operations deliver precise roundness tolerances and quality surface finishes.
Combining Skiving and Burnishing for Cylinder Bores.
Combination skiving/roller burnishing tools to produce geometrically round holes with quality surface finishes for hydraulic cylinders .
Johnny Manziel will try to burnish his Heisman Trophy credentials Saturday when Texas A&M plays host to Missouri.
He adds a hipster burnish to "have you ever noticed".
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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
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