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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.
Contract award notice: Production and delivery of burnishing paper for circulating, Commemorative and collector coins of the federal republic of germany.
Madison Chemical (Madison, Indiana) has introduced Tumble Brite EP-13, a mild burnishing compound which is used for mass finishing operations.
In this paper, residual stress distributions in rectangular bars due to rolling or burnishing at very high rolling or burnishing loads are investigated by roll burnishing experiments and three-dimensional finite element analyses using ABAQUS.
At the same time, positive results can often be obtained through implementing special surface finishing methods that are based on the plastic surface deformation of the surface layers of the part, such as surface vibration burnishing with the creation of a regular microgroove pattern.
Cissing and burnishing are very different surface defects, but are two of the few that I have not covered in these articles.
Other organizations conducting AEB testing follow the more extensive burnishing procedure described in FMVSS 135; Light Vehicle Brake Systems.
Top GOP candidates in Texas have been burnishing their Second Amendment credentials by expressing support for looser gun laws.
3M has introduced the Sky Blue Hi Performance Burnish Pad 3050, an extremely durable burnishing floor pad engineered to deliver high-gloss Hours while reducing burn and swirl marks on softer finishes.
Low Plasticity Burnishing (LPB), from NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, and Lambda Technologies, Cincinnati, Ohio, offers residual stress orders of magnitude deeper than shot peening with minimal plastic deformation.
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.