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a. A liquid that contains a solvent and an oxidizing or evaporating binder and is applied to a surface to produce a hard, transparent finish after evaporation and curing.
b. The smooth coating or gloss resulting from the application of this liquid: Wear dulled the floor's varnish.
a. Something suggestive of or resembling varnish.
b. An often deceptive external appearance or outward show: "people through whom a native stupidity shines forth past any varnish of education or acculturation" (Ira Sher).
tr.v. var·nished, var·nish·ing, var·nish·es
1. To cover with varnish.
2. To give a smooth and glossy finish to.
3. To give a superficial or deceptive appearance to: varnish the truth.

[Middle English vernisshe, from Old French vernis, from Medieval Latin veronix, vernix, sandarac resin, from Medieval Greek verenikē, from Greek Berenikē, Berenice (Benghazi), an ancient city of Cyrenaica.]

var′nish·er n.
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the skill or technique of varnishing somethingthe result of varnishing; varnish
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[ˈvɑːnɪʃɪŋ] Nbarnizado m
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This was done by polishing and varnishing it, and by gilding the carved work of the elbows, and likewise the oaken flowers of the back.
However, the a* value of heat treated Scots pine samples increases significantly after varnishing, while that of heat-treated beech samples at high temperatures (200 and 210 [degrees]C) generally decreases.
Another important application area is transportation, that is varnishing of passenger cars, trucks, buses, aircraft, rail vehicles, and ships.
Quinonez teamed up at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics to deliver this message and to show pediatricians through a hands-on workshop how simple and important fluoride varnishing and oral health counseling are to pediatric preventive care.