verb (used with object)
- burning bush,
- burning ghat,
- burning glass,
- burning question,
Origin of burnish
Examples from the Web for burnish
Sandoval has also managed to burnish his image with a patina of integrity in the scandal-scarred Silver State.
This means that even women who are not employed in factories will get the chance to burnish career-building skills.
At this point, it is the only way for the Brothers to burnish their revolutionary credentials.
For Palin, of course, Israel also offers a chance to burnish her famously weak foreign policy credentials.
In 1961, Kennedy took a Latin American trip to burnish credentials for a 1962 Senate bid.
Sainton, more annoyed than he cared to show, drew his long neglected sword and began to burnish it affectionately.The Great Mogul|Louis Tracy
In the early spring, both parties began to burnish their armor for the first encounter in New York.Union and Democracy|Allen Johnson
It became her perfectly, bringing out all the delicate, flower-like tints of her face and the gloss and burnish of her hair.Anne Of Avonlea|Lucy Maud Montgomery
They could burnish gold and it stays as bright as when it was first applied to the leaves, even after seven centuries.Education: How Old The New|James J. Walsh
First burnish the gold laid on slightly, afterwards continue with greater force.The Progress of the Marbling Art|Josef Halfer
Word Origin for burnish
early 14c., from Old French burniss- present participle stem of burnir, metathesis of brunir "to shine, gleam, sparkle" (trans.), "to polish, make sparkle, make bright, shine," from brun "brown; polished," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German brun, Old Norse brunn "bright, polished; brown;" see brown (adj.)). The connection to "brown" might be explained if the original objects in mind were wooden ones. Related: Burnished; burnishing.