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Definitions of varnish

  1. To cover with such a liquid; give a gloss to; give a good outside appearance to. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. To cover with a liquid to give a glossy surface to: to give a fair appearance to. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. To glaze with varnish; give a fair appearance to. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. To cover, as with varnish; polish; gloss over. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. cover with varnish Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. To cover with a varnish; to give a fair external appearance to; to gloss; to palliate. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. To cover with a liquid in order to give a glossy surface to; to give a fair appearance to; to gloss. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  8. A viscid liquid, consisting of a solution of resinous matter in an oil or a volatile liquid, laid on work with a brush, or otherwise. When applied the varnish soon dries, either by evaporation or chemical action, and the resinous part forms thus a smooth, hard surface, with a beautiful gloss, capable of resisting, to a greater or less degree, the influences of air and moisture. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. That which resembles varnish, either naturally or artificially; a glossy appearance. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. An artificial covering to give a fair appearance to any act or conduct; outside show; gloss. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To lay varnish on; to cover with a liquid which produces, when dry, a hard, glossy surface; as, to varnish a table; to varnish a painting. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To cover or conceal with something that gives a fair appearance; to give a fair coloring to by words; to gloss over; to palliate; as, to varnish guilt. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. A liquid, oily preparation of resin used for giving gloss to the surface of wood or metal work; outside smoothness. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. Varnisher. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. A sticky liquid which dries and forms a hard, lustrous coating: palliation. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. A liquid which forms a glossy coating by drying; polish; palliation. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. A solution of certain gums or resins; used to produce a shining coat on a surface; superficial polish. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. A transparent resinous liquid laid on work by painters and others, to give a smooth, hard, and glossy surface; an artificial covering to give a fair appearance to any act or conduct; gloss. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. A liquid resinous matter spread upon a surface, to which it gives a glossy coating when dry, and which is impervious to air or moisture; gloss. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for varnish

  1. It sounds like the name of some new floor varnish – Tom Swift in the Land of Wonders or, The Underground Search for the Idol of Gold by Victor Appleton
  2. Yet one in the full vigour of his manhood stood thinking a score of thoughts while the flames bit through the varnish into the wood. – Peccavi by E. W. Hornung
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