veneer

Definitions

  • Claw-Hammer.  Riveting-Hammer.  Upholster's Hammer.  Magnetized Hammer.  Veneering-Hammer
    Claw-Hammer. Riveting-Hammer. Upholster's Hammer. Magnetized Hammer. Veneering-Hammer
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v veneer cover with veneer "veneer the furniture to protect it"
    • n veneer an ornamental coating to a building
    • n veneer coating consisting of a thin layer of superior wood glued to a base of inferior wood
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Veneer A thin leaf or layer of a more valuable or beautiful material for overlaying an inferior one, especially such a thin leaf of wood to be glued to a cheaper wood; hence, external show; gloss; false pretense.
    • v. t Veneer To overlay or plate with a thin layer of wood or other material for outer finish or decoration; as, to veneer a piece of furniture with mahogany. Used also figuratively. "As a rogue in grain Veneered with sanctimonious theory."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • veneer To overlay or face, as an inferior wood, with wood of a finer or more beautiful kind, so as to give the whole the appearance of being made of the more valuable material; cover with veneers: as, to veneer a wardrobe or other article of furniture.
    • veneer To cover with a thin coating of substance similar to the body, in other materials than wood, as in ceramics.
    • veneer Hence To impart a more agreeable appearance to, as to something vicious, worthless, or forbidding; disguise with a superficial attraction; gild.
    • n veneer A thin piece of wood of a choice kind laid upon another of a more common sort, so as to give a superior and more valuable appearance to the article so treated, as a piece of furniture. Choice and beautiful kinds of hard woods, as mahogany or rosewood, are used for veneers, the wood to which they are attached by gluing being usually deal or pine. Ivory, mother-of-pearl, and other ornamental substances are sometimes used as veneers for small articles, as cabinets or caskets.
    • n veneer A thin coating covering the body of anything, especially for decorative purposes: used when the material of the outer coating is similar to that of the body, as in ceramics or in paper-manufacturing.
    • n veneer Show; superficial ornament; meretricious disguise.
    • n veneer In entomology, a veneer-moth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Veneer ve-nēr′ to overlay or face with another and superior wood: to cover with a thin coating of any substance other than wood: to disguise with artificial attractiveness
    • n Veneer a thin coating, as of wood: false show or charm
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Quotations

  • George Santayana
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    “It is veneer, rouge, aestheticism, art museums, new theaters, etc. that make America impotent. The good things are football, kindness, and jazz bands.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
G. furnieren, fourniren, fr. F. fournir, to furnish. See Furnish

Usage

In literature:

Just now, notwithstanding the veneer of his too perfect clothes and civilised air, the beast had leapt out.
"The Double Four" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
The veneer of gentility had underneath it the pure gold of character.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
Its resemblance to the regiment which bore the name before the war is superficial, a thin veneer.
"A Padre in France" by George A. Birmingham
Very, very thin upon us all is the veneer of civilization; very, very swift is the reversion to the primitive when opportunity presents.
"A Breath of Prairie and other stories" by Will Lillibridge
Another question is how thin a veneer of feminine beauty weathers indefinitely the wash of circumstances.
"Blue-grass and Broadway" by Maria Thompson Daviess
Or is it a factory, disguised with a veneer of the Puginesque?
"The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Harry Furniss
He became attentive, and with a veneering of the usages of polite society managed to fascinate the farmer's daughter.
"The Mysterious Murder of Pearl Bryan" by Unknown
These baskets are made of thin wood veneer with a light wood binding at the top and bottom.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
Why didn't I see through this veneer of a good time that these Gorgeous Girls manage to have painted over their real selves?
"The Gorgeous Girl" by Nalbro Bartley
But the veneer of civilisation is very thin.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
The primitive came through the veneer of culture and showed him the man he really was.
"The Pirate Woman" by Aylward Edward Dingle
Mr. Wilfer was a clerk for a Mr. Veneering, a man who had made a big fortune in the drug business and wanted now to get into Parliament.
"Tales from Dickens" by Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
Cut into thin layers of veneer it is very flexible, but is only used for the construction of boxes and desks.
"Intarsia and Marquetry" by F. Hamilton Jackson
So we wear the veneer of materialism, and beneath it we are intense idealists.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
There is no veneer in its presentation, no artificiality about it.
"Ringan Gilhaize" by John Galt
Perhaps on ours there is a trifle less veneering.
"Neighbors" by Jacob A. Riis
But the thin veneer of civilization sloughed away and left him with the naked bones of truth.
"Black Amazon of Mars" by Leigh Brackett
Like most men who outwardly are very pompous and dictatorial, his blustering was only veneer.
"The Heart of a Woman" by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
The new rural civilization must be indigenous to the soil, not a mere urbanizing veneer.
"The Challenge of the Country" by George Walter Fiske
Bombay cloaks her stenches with a veneer of assafoetida and tobacco; Calcutta is above pretence.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
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In poetry:

And now, when battle draweth nigh,
'Neath modern culture's slight veneer,
The Briton feels his heart beat high,
Showing that Viking blood is here.
The manlike destined still to last,
The childlike buried in the past.
"A Norseman" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Behind Veneer , Doubt on Future of Natural Gas.
Watch Veneering , Part 8: Cutting Veneer Into a Background in the Wood Magazine Video.
Description After you've created your veneer figure, you need to to install it into a veneer background.
There's a new profile to check out: StoneCraft's new DutchCraft veneers .
StoneCraft's new DutchCraft veneers .
The Elma facility employs 60 people and produces green and dry veneer , which was sold to internal customers.
VENEER By Steve Yarbrough.
Description Learn about the different tapes you can use when assebling your veneer project.
Stone Veneer Products Offer Green Alternative.
Life Beneath the Veneer: The Black Community in Asheville.
Behind Veneer Of Gentrification , Life Gets Worse For Many.
When you strip away the tech veneer, Facebook truly is an advertising company, similar to Google in that it uses its technology to deliver advertising and usage data to its customers.
Nick Oak owner Nick Gonzales shows a stack of veneer that is ready to be used in the production process.
It includes a high-gloss wood veneer, Italian leather trim, and a 12-inch dual-concentric driver.
The company now offers recycled leather solutions for the wood industry where the product can be used as wood veneer and as an sustainable and more economical option than traditional leathers for paneling and diverse applications.
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In science:

The deliberate process we call reasoning is, I believe, the thinnest veneer of human thought, effective only because it is supported by this much older and much powerful, though usually unconscious, sensor motor knowledge.
To study the phenomenon of the Moravec's Paradox
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