burnish

[ bur-nish ]
/ ˈbɜr nɪʃ /

verb (used with object)

to polish (a surface) by friction.
to make smooth and bright.
Engraving. to flatten and enlarge the dots of (a halftone) by rubbing with a tool.

noun

gloss; brightness; luster: the burnish of brass andirons.

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Origin of burnish

1275–1325; Middle English burnissh<Anglo-French burniss-,Middle French bruniss- (long stem of burnir,brunir to darken, polish), equivalent to brun-brown + -iss--ish2

OTHER WORDS FROM burnish

bur·nish·a·ble, adjectivebur·nish·ment, nounun·bur·nished, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for burnish

burnish
/ (ˈbɜːnɪʃ) /

verb

to make or become shiny or smooth by friction; polish

noun

a shiny finish; lustre

Derived forms of burnish

burnishable, adjectiveburnisher, noun

Word Origin for burnish

C14 burnischen, from Old French brunir to make brown, from brun brown
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