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Burnish meaning

burnish - 5 dictionary results

  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2. To shine forth; to brighten; to become smooth and glossy, as from swelling or filling out; hence, to grow large.
  3. 3. The effect of burnishing; gloss; brightness; luster.
  4. 4. To become bright.
  5. 5. To polish by friction.

burnish - examples of usage

  1. My mother, who was never shy, and very good at mental diagnosis, added that burnish without which good manners often lose half their power. - "The Adventure of Living", John St. Loe Strachey.
  2. A mist of smoke had switched off the gleam of starlight, and the moon and mock- moons wore the tarnished hue of silver that has lost its burnish. - "The Heart of Unaga", Ridgwell Cullum.
  3. The perfect night sky shone coldly with the burnish of its million stars. - "The Heart of Unaga", Ridgwell Cullum.
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