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  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. 




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