a thin layer of wood or other material for facing or inlaying wood.
any of the thin layers of wood glued together to form plywood.
Building Trades. a facing of a certain material applied to a different one or to a type of construction not ordinarily associated with it, as a facing of brick applied to a frame house.
a superficially valuable or pleasing appearance: a cruel person with a veneer of kindliness.
to overlay or face (wood) with thin sheets of some material, as a fine wood, ivory, or tortoise shell.
to face or cover (an object) with any material that is more desirable as a surface material than the basic material of the object; revet.
to cement (layers of wood veneer) to form plywood.
to give a superficially valuable or pleasing appearance to.
- ve·neer·er, noun
- un·ve·neered, adjective
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How to use veneer in a sentence
That was very taboo in the scientific community, where you were supposed to maintain this veneer of objective distance from research subjects.Jane Goodall reveals what studying chimpanzees teaches us about human nature | Sigal Samuel | July 23, 2021 | Vox
Flack takes its time dismantling its characters’ empowered veneers.Flack Is the Most Delectable in a New Wave of Shows About the Workaholics Who Make Hollywood Run | Judy Berman | June 11, 2021 | Time
There’s a veneer of professionalism to everything Lovato does and says in Dancing With the Devil, not out of dishonesty or evasion, but perhaps because she knows how many young people hang on her every word.In Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil, the Pop Star Lays Her Secrets Bare, in a Guarded Way | Stephanie Zacharek | March 23, 2021 | Time
Over the next months, Pinterest’s warm, fuzzy veneer would unravel like one of the platform’s chunky knitted sweaters.Pinterest and the Subtle Poison of Sexism and Racism in Silicon Valley | Janice Min | March 22, 2021 | Time
It’s made of recyclable materials and finished with a stylish walnut veneer that allows it to blend in naturally in almost any home setup.Best office cabinets: Storage must-haves to make your workspace work | PopSci Commerce Team | March 18, 2021 | Popular-Science
A worn couch sitting squarely before a wood veneer wall, accented by the head of a deer.#Setinthestreet: Your Street Corner Is Their Art Project | James Joiner | December 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But underneath this PC veneer, Louie is hiding some troubling assumptions.Louie Attempts Rape (and Explores the ‘Nice Guy’ Phenomenon) | Amy Zimmerman | June 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But now that veneer is gone, and what remains is a callow man-child at odds with himself.What's Happened to Don Draper? Why Everyone’s Favorite ‘Mad Men’ Stud Needs His Mojo Back | Lizzie Crocker | April 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Of course, the fact that Tris faces and eviscerates her own anxiety lends the simulation scene a veneer of victory and autonomy.Sex Won’t Kill Young Adult Heroines: ‘Divergent’ and Rape Culture | Amy Zimmerman | March 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Some of his preciousness is a veneer, however, for his fatalistic streak.Ralph Fiennes Discusses ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ J. Lo, and That ‘Seinfeld’ Episode | Marlow Stern | March 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The veneer was gone now; Sheila Carmack's eyes were vicious pools of hate, her mouth a grimace.We're Friends, Now | Henry Hasse
Her disposition was sour and malevolent, despite its elegant veneer.Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
Just now, notwithstanding the veneer of his too perfect clothes and civilised air, the beast had leapt out.The Double Four | E. Phillips Oppenheim
The veneer is laid flat on a board and cut with a sharp knife or fine saw along the edge of a ruler.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2 | Various
For the inner section, walnut, which may be had as thin as 1/64 in., or any thin straight-grained veneer may be used.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2 | Various
British Dictionary definitions for veneer
a thin layer of wood, plastic, etc, with a decorative or fine finish that is bonded to the surface of a less expensive material, usually wood
a superficial appearance, esp one that is pleasing: a veneer of gentility
any facing material that is applied to a different backing material
any one of the layers of wood that is used to form plywood
to cover (a surface) with a veneer
to bond together (thin layers of wood) to make plywood
to conceal (something) under a superficially pleasant surface
- veneerer, noun
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