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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.
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The centrifugation was conducted at 1500 x g for 2 min after the corneal tissue was completely ground by the use of an electric burnisher. Then, the supernate was kept, and the sediments were thrown away.
Fanny was now a hotel waitress, whilst Nellie was a silver burnisher and Edward was an errand boy.
The dominant sources of C[O.sub.2] are the people in the store (staff and customers) who emit C[O.sub.2] by breathing, the propanefueled floor burnisher used to clean and polish the floor tiles at various times when the store is closed (typically 22:00 until 08:00 the following morning) and the C[O.sub.2] contained in the outside air.
** The PE420GP is a propane-powered floor grinder, polisher, and burnisher that can be used for both wet and dry operations.
Obviously with an eraser it's easier to alter a drawing than it is with a burnisher and scraper to alter an etching, but it's not essentially different.
Use burnisher, NSN 5120-00-2554458, to clean the contacts.
It was then polished to a mirror-smooth finish, first with a piece of grinding stone and water, then with a pumice stone, followed by a hone and water, a hardened bit of charcoal, and finally a burnisher. "[he design of the map was then transferred to the plate.