burnish

UK [ˈbɜː(r)nɪʃ] / US [ˈbɜrnɪʃ] verb [transitive]
Word forms "burnish":
present tense I/you/we/they burnish he/she/it burnishes present participle burnishing past tense burnished past participle burnished
1) to rub metal until it shines
2) to improve your reputation or the way you appear to other people

Derived word:
burnished
UK [ˈbɜː(r)nɪʃt] / US [ˈbɜrnɪʃt] adjective

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • 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. [1913 Webster] A slender poet must have time to grow, And spread and burnish as his brothers do. Dryden. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Burnish — Bur nish, n. The effect of burnishing; gloss; brightness; luster. Crashaw. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • burnish — early 14c., from O.Fr. burniss prp. stem of burnir, metathesis of brunir to make brown/bright, polish, from brun brown, polished, from a Germanic source (Cf. O.H.G. brun, O.N. brunn bright, polished, brown; see BROWN (Cf. brown)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • burnish — [v] polish, brighten buff, furbish, glance, glaze, gloss, luster, patina, put on a finish, rub, sheen, shine, smooth, wax; concepts 202,215 Ant. dull, tarnish …   New thesaurus

  • burnish — ► VERB ▪ polish by rubbing. ► NOUN ▪ the shine on a polished surface. DERIVATIVES burnisher noun. ORIGIN Old French brunir make brown , from brun brown …   English terms dictionary

  • burnish — [bʉr′nish] vt., vi. [ME burnishen < OFr burniss , extended stem of brunir, to make brown < brun: see BRUNET] to make or become shiny by rubbing; polish n. a gloss or polish SYN. POLISH burnisher n …   English World dictionary

  • burnish — [[t]bɜ͟ː(r)nɪʃ[/t]] burnishes, burnishing, burnished VERB To burnish the image of someone or something means to improve their image. [JOURNALISM] [V n] The European Parliament badly needs a president who can burnish its image. Syn: improve …   English dictionary

  • burnish — burnishable, adj. burnishment, n. /berr nish/, v.t. 1. to polish (a surface) by friction. 2. to make smooth and bright. 3. Engraving. to flatten and enlarge the dots of (a halftone) by rubbing with a tool. n. 4. gloss; brightness; luster: the… …   Universalium

  • burnish — verb To make smooth or shiny by rubbing; to polish; to shine. In pottery, a stone is sometimes used to burnish a pot before firing, giving it a smooth, shiny look …   Wiktionary

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