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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Burnish  \Bur"nish\,  v.  i. 
  To  shine  forth;  to  brighten;  to  become  smooth  and  glossy,  as 
  from  swelling  or  filling  out  hence  to  grow  large 
 
  A  slender  poet  must  have  time  to  grow,  And  spread  and 
  burnish  as  his  brothers  do  --Dryden. 
 
  My  thoughts  began  to  burnish,  sprout,  and  swell. 
  --Herbert. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Burnish  \Bur"nish\,  n. 
  The  effect  of  burnishing;  gloss;  brightness;  luster. 
  --Crashaw. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Burnish  \Bur"nish\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Burnished};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Burnishing}.]  [OE.  burnischen  burnissen  burnen,  OF 
  burnir,  brunir,  to  make  brown,  polish,  F.  brunir,  fr  F.  brun 
  brown,  fr  OHG.  br?n;  cf  MHG.  briunen  to  make  brown,  polish. 
  See  {Brown},  a.] 
  To  cause  to  shine;  to  make  smooth  and  bright;  to  polish; 
  specifically,  to  polish  by  rubbing  with  something  hard  and 
  smooth;  as  to  burnish  brass  or  paper. 
 
  The  frame  of  burnished  steel,  that  east  a  glare  From 
  far  and  seemed  to  thaw  the  freezing  air.  --Dryden. 
 
  Now  the  village  windows  blaze,  Burnished  by  the  setting 
  sun.  --Cunningham. 
 
  {Burnishing  machine},  a  machine  for  smoothing  and  polishing 
  by  compression,  as  in  making  paper  collars. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  burnish 
  n  :  the  property  of  being  smooth  and  shiny  [syn:  {polish},  {gloss}, 
  {glossiness}] 
  v  1:  make  shiny  [syn:  {gloss},  {polish}] 
  2:  as  of  wooden  floors,  for  example  [syn:  {buff},  {furbish},  {flush}] 




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