Burnished
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 {Brown}, a.] 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. [1913 Webster]

The frame of burnished steel, that east a glare From far, and seemed to thaw the freezing air. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Now the village windows blaze, Burnished by the setting sun. --Cunningham. [1913 Webster]

{Burnishing machine}, a machine for smoothing and polishing by compression, as in making paper collars. [1913 Webster]


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  • burnished — burnished; un·burnished; …   English syllables

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  • burnished — adj. Burnished is used with these nouns: ↑bronze, ↑copper, ↑gold …   Collocations dictionary

  • burnished — adjective made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbing; reflecting a sheen or glow bright silver candlesticks a burnished brass knocker she brushed her hair until it fell in lustrous auburn waves rows of shining glasses shiny black patents • Syn …   Useful english dictionary

  • burnished — adjective Polished, made shiny by rubbing (especially with a burnisher) …   Wiktionary

  • burnished — adj. shined, polished bur·nish || bɜːnɪʃ v. make shiny or smooth by rubbing, polish n. gloss, shine, luster …   English contemporary dictionary

  • burnished — adjective polish by rubbing. → burnish …   English new terms dictionary

  • burnished — See: burnish …   English dictionary

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