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bur·nish

 (bûr′nĭsh)
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.
n.
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.
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burnish

(ˈbɜːnɪʃ)
vb
(Art Terms) to make or become shiny or smooth by friction; polish
n
(Art Terms) a shiny finish; lustre
[C14 burnischen, from Old French brunir to make brown, from brun brown]
ˈburnishable adj
ˈburnisher n
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bur•nish

(ˈbɜr nɪʃ)
v.t.
1. to polish (a surface) by friction.
2. to make smooth and bright, esp. by rubbing with a tool.
n.
3. brightness; luster.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Anglo-French burniss-, Middle French bruniss- (long s. of burnir,brunir to darken, polish) <brun- brown]
bur′nish•er, n.
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burnish


Past participle: burnished
Gerund: burnishing

Imperative
burnish
burnish
Present
I burnish
you burnish
he/she/it burnishes
we burnish
you burnish
they burnish
Preterite
I burnished
you burnished
he/she/it burnished
we burnished
you burnished
they burnished
Present Continuous
I am burnishing
you are burnishing
he/she/it is burnishing
we are burnishing
you are burnishing
they are burnishing
Present Perfect
I have burnished
you have burnished
he/she/it has burnished
we have burnished
you have burnished
they have burnished
Past Continuous
I was burnishing
you were burnishing
he/she/it was burnishing
we were burnishing
you were burnishing
they were burnishing
Past Perfect
I had burnished
you had burnished
he/she/it had burnished
we had burnished
you had burnished
they had burnished
Future
I will burnish
you will burnish
he/she/it will burnish
we will burnish
you will burnish
they will burnish
Future Perfect
I will have burnished
you will have burnished
he/she/it will have burnished
we will have burnished
you will have burnished
they will have burnished
Future Continuous
I will be burnishing
you will be burnishing
he/she/it will be burnishing
we will be burnishing
you will be burnishing
they will be burnishing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been burnishing
you have been burnishing
he/she/it has been burnishing
we have been burnishing
you have been burnishing
they have been burnishing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been burnishing
you will have been burnishing
he/she/it will have been burnishing
we will have been burnishing
you will have been burnishing
they will have been burnishing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been burnishing
you had been burnishing
he/she/it had been burnishing
we had been burnishing
you had been burnishing
they had been burnishing
Conditional
I would burnish
you would burnish
he/she/it would burnish
we would burnish
you would burnish
they would burnish
Past Conditional
I would have burnished
you would have burnished
he/she/it would have burnished
we would have burnished
you would have burnished
they would have burnished
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.burnish - the property of being smooth and shinyburnish - the property of being smooth and shiny
smoothness - a texture without roughness; smooth to the touch; "admiring the slim smoothness of her thighs"; "some artists prefer the smoothness of a board"
radiancy, refulgence, refulgency, shine, effulgence, radiance - the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light
French polish - the glaze produced by repeated applications of French polish shellac
glaze - a glossy finish on a fabric
Verb1.burnish - polish and make shiny; "buff the wooden floors"; "buff my shoes"
polish, smooth, smoothen, shine - make (a surface) shine; "shine the silver, please"; "polish my shoes"
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burnish

verb
1. improve, enhance, brighten, refine, cultivate, brush up, touch up, emend The company badly needs a president who can burnish its image.
2. polish, shine, buff, brighten, rub up, furbish His shoes were burnished, his shirt perfectly pressed.
polish scratch, graze, scuff, abrade
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burnish

verb
To give a gleaming luster to, usually through friction:
noun
A radiant brightness or glow, usually due to light reflected from a smooth surface:
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Translations
يَصْقُلُ، يُلَمِّعُ المَعادِن
leštit
polerepudse
fényesre csiszol
fægja
blizgintinublizgintinupoliruotipoliruoti
pulētspodrināt
cilalamakparlatmak

burnish

[ˈbɜːnɪʃ] VT
1. [+ metal] → bruñir
2. (fig) [+ image] → mejorar
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burnish

[ˈbɜːrnɪʃ] vtpolir
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

burnish

vt metalpolieren; (fig) imageaufpolieren
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burnish

[ˈbɜːnɪʃ] vtbrunire
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

burnish

(ˈbəːniʃ) verb
to make (metal) bright by polishing. They burnished the silver.
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However, today's marketing needs require that these highly burnishable coatings must also provide acceptable slip resistance.