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tr.v. bur·nished, bur·nish·ing, bur·nish·es
1. To make smooth or glossy by rubbing; polish.
2. To rub with a tool that serves especially to smooth or polish.
3. To improve or make more impressive: achievements that burnished her reputation.
A smooth glossy finish or appearance; luster.

[Middle English burnishen, from Old French burnir, burniss-, variant of brunir, from brun, shining, of Germanic origin; see bher- in Indo-European roots.]

bur′nish·er n.


[ˈbɜːnɪʃɪŋ] nbrunitura
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This stream had been the good angel of my thoughts all the day, keeping them ever moving and ever fresh, cleansing and burnishing them, quite an open-air laundry of the mind.
There were not cleaner windows, or whiter floors, or brighter Stoves, or more highly shining articles of furniture in old mahogany; there was not more rubbing, scrubbing, burnishing and polishing, in the whole street put together.
Samuel Weller happened to be at that moment engaged in burnishing a pair of painted tops, the personal property of a farmer who was refreshing himself with a slight lunch of two or three pounds of cold beef and a pot or two of porter, after the fatigues of the Borough market; and to him the thin gentleman straightway advanced.
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Cissing and burnishing are very different surface defects, but are two of the few that I have not covered in these articles.
Top GOP candidates in Texas have been burnishing their Second Amendment credentials by expressing support for looser gun laws.
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Abstract: In this paper, roller burnishing as a finishing process of revolution parts made of Austempered Ductile Iron is studied.
Roller Burnishing is a cold-work finishing process, in which a fine surface finish is produced by the planetary motion of hardened and highly polished metal roll(s) on the workpiece surface.
Burnishing tools will include multi-roll, single-roll, and diamond burnishing tools, for sizing, fine finishing, and work-hardening of bores and shafts.
Owning a Ferrari is one thing, but burnishing it so highly that you can see your own reflection in every panel has to be the zenith of bad taste.
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