verb (used with object)
- varley loop,
- varnish tree,
- varnishing day,
- varro, marcus terentius
Origin of varnish
Examples from the Web for varnish
Varnish, when at a certain temperature, is susceptible of contraction when any colder body is brought in contact with it.Practical Carriage and Wagon Painting|Mayton Clarence Hillick
This, when finished, she covered with a thick coat of varnish, thus making a very good substitute for the more modern oil-cloth.
He was almost overcome by the smell of assafoetida which emanated from the varnish, and which was caused by the heat.Famous Violinists of To-day and Yesterday|Henry C. Lahee
It is admired, perhaps, because it has a gloss, rather than a shine of the varnish stamp.French Polishing and Enamelling|Richard Bitmead
It is employed by artists in water colors and as a varnish for lacquer work.
Word Origin for varnish
mid-14c., from Old French vernis "varnish" (12c.), from Medieval Latin vernix "odorous resin," perhaps from Late Greek verenike, from Greek Berenike, name of an ancient city in Libya (modern Bengasi) credited with the first use of varnishes. The town is named for Berenike II, queen of Egypt (see Berenice). Figurative sense of "specious gloss, pretense," is recorded from 1560s.
late 14c.; see varnish (n.). Related: Varnished; varnishing.