verb (used with object)
Origin of varnish
Related formsvar·nish·er, nounvar·nish·y, adjectivere·var·nish, verb (used with object)well-var·nished, adjective
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.