When the varnish is removed with spirits of turpentine, the engraving is seen in sunken lines on the plate.
It is used in the manufacture of varnish, sealing-wax, and soap.
Everything looked as if covered with varnish: the green and yellow colors became brighter; the black became blacker.
That is why Jennie gripped her seat until she must have scratched the varnish.
The varnish which has failed to give me satisfaction may be most suitable for other parts of the Union.
Several coats of shellac or of varnish might be put on instead of wax.
He hoped by cunning to varnish over his want of faith and of ability.
His varnish may be described as deep golden, of good quality.
Mr. Warr was here, under solemn articles not once to varnish the work of art until the run of the piece was over.
The varnish is hard, and distinct from that associated with Cremonese instruments.
mid-14c., from Old French vernis "varnish" (12c.), from Medieval Latin vernix "odorous resin," perhaps from Late Greek verenike, from Greek Berenike, name of an ancient city in Libya (modern Bengasi) credited with the first use of varnishes. The town is named for Berenike II, queen of Egypt (see Berenice). Figurative sense of "specious gloss, pretense," is recorded from 1560s.
late 14c.; see varnish (n.). Related: Varnished; varnishing.