- any of various hard, durable, black varnishes, originally from Japan, for coating wood, metal, or other surfaces.
- work varnished and figured in the Japanese manner.
- Japans, a variety of decorative motifs or patterns derived from Asian sources, used on English porcelain of the 18th and 19th centuries.
- of or relating to japan.
- to varnish with japan; lacquer.
- to coat with any material that gives a hard, black gloss.
Origin of japan
Examples from the Web for japanning
Varnishing is the last and the finishing process in japanning.
Appliances and apparatus used in japanning and enamelling, 29.
It is ludicrous to read of the attempts of seventeenth-century teachers of the art of "japanning" to young ladies.Chats on Old Clocks
By japanning a very brilliant polished surface may be secured, which is more durable than ordinary painted or varnished work.The Old Furniture Book
N. Hudson Moore
Hence Birmingham japanned goods wear better than those goods which receive a priming previous to japanning.
- a glossy durable black lacquer originally from the Orient, used on wood, metal, etc
- work decorated and varnished in the Japanese manner
- a liquid used as a paint drier
- relating to or varnished with japan
- (tr) to lacquer with japan or any similar varnish
- an archipelago and empire in E Asia, extending for 3200 km (2000 miles) between the Sea of Japan and the Pacific and consisting of the main islands of Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu and over 3000 smaller islands: feudalism abolished in 1871, followed by industrialization and expansion of territories, esp during World Wars I and II, when most of SE Asia came under Japanese control; dogma of the emperor's divinity abolished in 1946 under a new democratic constitution; rapid economic growth has made Japan the most industrialized nation in the Far East. Official language: Japanese. Religion: Shintoist majority, large Buddhist minority. Currency: yen. Capital: Tokyo. Pop: 127 253 075 (2013 est). Area: 369 660 sq km (142 726 sq miles)Japanese names: Nippon, Nihon
Word Origin and History for japanning
1570s, via Portuguese Japao, Dutch Japan, acquired in Malacca from Malay Japang, from Chinese jih pun "sunrise" (equivalent of Japanese Nippon), from jih "sun" + pun "origin." Earliest form in Europe was Marco Polo's Chipangu. Cultural contact led to japaning "coat with lacquer or varnish" (1680s), japonaiserie (1896, from French), etc.
Island nation in the northwest Pacific Ocean off the coast of east Asia, separated by the Sea of Japan from Russian Siberia, China, and Korea. The Japanese archipelago includes four major islands (Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku) as well as many smaller islands. Its capital and largest city is Tokyo.