varnish
I. noun Etymology: Middle English vernisch, from Anglo-French vernis, from Old Italian or Medieval Latin; Old Italian vernice, from Medieval Latin veronic-, veronix sandarac Date: 14th century 1. a. a liquid preparation that when applied to a surface dries to form a hard lustrous typically transparent coating b. the covering or glaze given by the application of varnish c. (1) something that suggests varnish by its gloss (2) a coating (as of deposits in an internal combustion engine) comparable to varnish 2. outside show ; gloss I 3. chiefly British a liquid nail polish • varnishy adjective II. transitive verb Date: 14th century 1. to apply varnish to 2. to cover or conceal (as something unpleasant) with something that gives an attractive appearance ; gloss II 3. adorn, embellishvarnisher noun

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  • Varnish — Var nish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Varnished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Varnishing}.] [Cf. F. vernir, vernisser. See {Varnish}, n.] [1913 Webster] 1. To lay varnish on; to cover with a liquid which produces, when dry, a hard, glossy surface; as, to varnish a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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