verb (used with object), ja·panned, ja·pan·ning.
Origin of japan
Examples from the Web for japanning
Historical Examples of 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.
verb -pans, -panning or -panned
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.