planish
transitive verb Etymology: Middle English planysshen, from Anglo-French planiss-, stem of planir to make smooth, from plain, plan level, from Latin planus — more at floor Date: 14th century to smooth, toughen, and finish (metal) by hammering lightly • planisher noun

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  • Planish — Plan ish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Planished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Planishing}.] [OF. planir, F. planer. See {Plane}, v., and { ish}.] To make smooth or plane, as a metallic surface; to condense, toughen, and polish by light blows with a hammer. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • planish — [plan′ish] vt. [< MFr planiss , extended stem of planir, to flatten < plan, flat: see PLAN] to toughen, smooth, or polish (metal) by hammering or rolling planisher n …   English World dictionary

  • planish — verb To repeatedly hammer (a sheet of metal) so as to shape and smooth it or create a decorative indented finish. With gentle, overlapping blows, use a planishing hammer, first to work down the fused seam, and then to planish the entire cylinder …   Wiktionary

  • planish — /ˈplænɪʃ/ (say planish) verb (t) 1. to flatten or smooth (metal) by hammering, rolling, etc. 2. to finish off (metal, paper, etc.) with a polished surface. {Middle English, from French (obsolete) planiss , stem of planir, for planner. See plane2… …   Australian English dictionary

  • planish — planisher, n. /plan ish/, v.t. 1. to give a smooth finish to (metal) by striking lightly with a smoothly faced hammer or die. 2. to give a smooth finish to (metal, paper, etc.) by passing through rolls. [1350 1400; ME planyssyng (ger.) < OF… …   Universalium

  • planish —    To smooth metal by hammering with overlapping blows. Planishing produces small indentations on the metal s surface. This is often done to silver when either raising, sinking or embossing it. (pr. plan ish) …   Glossary of Art Terms

  • planish — [ planɪʃ] verb flatten (sheet metal) by hammering or rolling. Derivatives planisher noun Origin ME: from obs. Fr. planiss , lengthened stem of planir to smooth …   English new terms dictionary

  • planish — plan·ish …   English syllables

  • planish — plan•ish [[t]ˈplæn ɪʃ[/t]] v. t. mel to give a smooth finish to (metal) by striking lightly with a smoothly faced hammer or die • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME planyssyng (ger.) < OF planiss , long s. of planir to smooth, der. of plan level < L… …   From formal English to slang

  • planish — v.tr. flatten (sheet metal, coining metal, etc.) with a smooth faced hammer or between rollers. Derivatives: planisher n. Etymology: ME f. OF planir smooth f. plain PLANE(1) adj …   Useful english dictionary

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