verb (used with object)
- varley loop,
- varnish tree,
- varnishing day,
- varro, marcus terentius
Origin of varnish
Examples from the Web for varnished
The little old gentleman emerges from his varnished boots like a variegated plant from a double vase.The New Book Of Martyrs|Georges Duhamel
After the filler has hardened the wood may be waxed or varnished.A Course In Wood Turning|Archie S. Milton and Otto K. Wohlers
Jean gave in and varnished his pelt thoroughly with my "punkie dope," as he called it; but, too late; the mischief was done.Woodcraft and Camping|George Washington Sears (Nessmuk)
What precautions are needed with gummed and varnished stock?Paper-Cutting Machines|Niel, Jr., Gray
It is then varnished with a spirit of wine varnish; which is treated with the chafing dish as above described.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines|Andrew Ure
Word Origin for varnish
late 14c.; see varnish (n.). Related: Varnished; varnishing.
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.