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tarnish


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Tarnish  \Tar"nish\,  v.  i. 
  To  lose  luster;  to  become  dull;  as  gilding  will  tarnish  in  a 
  foul  air. 
 
  Till  thy  fresh  glories,  which  now  shine  so  bright,  Grow 
  stale  and  tarnish  with  our  daily  sight.  --Dryden. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Tarnish  \Tar"nish\,  n. 
  1.  The  quality  or  state  of  being  tarnished;  stain;  soil; 
  blemish. 
 
  2.  (Min.)  A  thin  film  on  the  surface  of  a  metal,  usually  due 
  to  a  slight  alteration  of  the  original  color;  as  the 
  steel  tarnish  in  columbite. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Tarnish  \Tar"nish\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Tarnished};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Tarnishing}.]  [F.  ternir  fr  OHG.  tarnen  to  darken, 
  to  conceal,  hide;  akin  to  OS  dernian  to  hide,  AS  dernan 
  dyrnan  OHG.  tarni  hidden,  OS  derni,  AS  derne,  dyrne.  Cf 
  {Dern},  a.,  and  see  {-ish}.] 
  To  soil,  or  change  the  appearance  of  especially  by  an 
  alternation  induced  by  the  air,  or  by  dust,  or  the  like  to 
  diminish,  dull,  or  destroy  the  luster  of  to  sully;  as  to 
  tarnish  a  metal;  to  tarnish  gilding;  to  tarnish  the  purity  of 
  color.  ``Tarnished  lace.''  --Fuller.  Used  also  figuratively; 
  as  to  tarnish  one's  honor. 
 
  Syn:  To  sully;  stain;  dim. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  tarnish 
  n  :  discoloration  of  metal  surface  caused  by  oxidation 
  v  :  make  dirty  or  spotty;  also  used  metaphorically:  "The  silver 
  was  tarnished  by  the  long  exposure  to  the  air";  "Her 
  reputation  was  sullied  after  the  affair  with  a  married 
  man"  [syn:  {maculate},  {sully},  {defile}] 




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