Burnish



to polish (a surface) by friction.
to make smooth and bright.
Engraving. to flatten and enlarge the dots of (a halftone) by rubbing with a tool.
gloss; brightness; luster:
the burnish of brass andirons.
Contemporary Examples

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Historical Examples

Union and Democracy Allen Johnson
Feats on the Fiord Harriet Martineau
Enamels and Cameos and other Poems Thophile Gautier
The Seven Champions of Christendom W. H. G. Kingston
Sunday-School Success Amos R. Wells

verb
to make or become shiny or smooth by friction; polish
noun
a shiny finish; lustre
v.

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