verb (used with object)
  1. to give a smooth finish to (metal) by striking lightly with a smoothly faced hammer or die.
  2. to give a smooth finish to (metal, paper, etc.) by passing through rolls.

Origin of planish

1350–1400; Middle English planyssyng (gerund) < Old French planiss-, long stem of planir to smooth, derivative of plan level < Latin plānus plain1
Related formsplan·ish·er, nounun·plan·ished, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. (tr) to give a final finish to (metal) by hammering or rolling to produce a smooth surface
Derived Formsplanisher, noun

Word Origin for planish

C16: from Old French planir to smooth out, from Latin plānus flat, plain 1
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