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1. Any of various clear or colored synthetic coatings made by dissolving nitrocellulose or other cellulose derivatives together with plasticizers and pigments in a mixture of volatile solvents and used to impart a high gloss to surfaces.
2. A glossy, resinous material, such as the processed sap of the lacquer tree, used as a surface coating.
3. A finish that is baked onto the inside of food and beverage cans.
tr.v. lac·quered, lac·quer·ing, lac·quers
1. To coat with lacquer.
2. To give a sleek, glossy finish to.

[Obsolete French lacre, sealing wax, from Portuguese, from lacca, resin of the lac insect, from Arabic lakk; see lac1.]

lac′quer·er n.
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1. (Crafts) the act or process of applying lacquer to something
2. (Crafts) a layer or coat of lacquer
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We have this special word, maki-e, a kind of painting, to describe the art form.' So impressed were the first Europeans to discover this distinctive tradition that they used the word 'Japanning' to describe all lacquering, ushering in the first phase of extensive European collecting of objects in a tradition that continues to this day.
For the first time, Montblanc has developed a multi-colour stripe lacquering process that involves more than 10 different steps from treating the base metal before meticulously lacquering the five colours onto the metal tube in perfectly equal stripes before applying a transparent lacquer.