See under (def 2).
[vahr-nish] /ˈvɑr nɪʃ/
a preparation consisting of resinous matter, as copal or lac, dissolved in an oil (oil varnish) or in alcohol (spirit varnish) or other volatile liquid. When applied to the surface of wood, metal, etc., it dries and leaves a hard, more or less glossy, usually transparent coating.
the sap of certain trees, used for the same purpose (natural varnish)
any of various other preparations similarly used, as one having India rubber, pyroxylin, or asphalt as its chief constituent.
a coating or surface of varnish.
something resembling or suggesting a coat of varnish; gloss.
superficial polish or external show, especially to conceal some defect or inadequacy:
The play has a varnish of witty dialogue.
British. nail polish.
verb (used with object)
to apply varnish to; coat or cover with varnish.
to give a glossy appearance to.
to give an improved appearance to; adorn.
to give a superficially pleasing appearance to, especially in order to deceive:
to varnish the truth.
Also called oil varnish. a preparation consisting of a solvent, a drying oil, and usually resin, rubber, bitumen, etc, for application to a surface where it polymerizes to yield a hard glossy, usually transparent, coating
a similar preparation consisting of a substance, such as shellac or cellulose ester, dissolved in a volatile solvent, such as alcohol. It hardens to a film on evaporation of the solvent See also spirit varnish
Also called natural varnish. the sap of certain trees used to produce such a coating
a smooth surface, coated with or as with varnish
an artificial, superficial, or deceptively pleasing manner, covering, etc; veneer
(mainly Brit) another word for nail polish
to cover with varnish
to give a smooth surface to, as if by painting with varnish
to impart a more attractive appearance to
to make superficially attractive
mid-14c., from Old French vernis “varnish” (12c.), from Medieval Latin vernix “odorous resin,” perhaps from Late Greek verenike, from Greek Berenike, name of an ancient city in Libya (modern Bengasi) credited with the first use of varnishes. The town is named for Berenike II, queen of Egypt (see Berenice). Figurative sense of “specious gloss, pretense,” is recorded from 1560s.
late 14c.; see varnish (n.). Related: Varnished; varnishing.
noun 1. (especially among the scholastics) any moral virtue of which humankind is capable, especially the cardinal virtues: justice, temperance, prudence, and fortitude.
- Natural wastage
noun 1. another term for attrition (sense 3)
[nah-too-rah nohn fah-kit sahl-too m; English nuh-too r-uh non fey-sit sal-tuh m, -tyoo r-] /nɑˈtu rɑ noʊn ˈfɑ kɪt ˈsɑl tʊm; English nəˈtʊər ə nɒn ˈfeɪ sɪt ˈsæl təm, -ˈtyʊər-/ Latin. 1. nature makes no leap.
- Nature boy
noun a male who is fascinated with and spends much time in the outdoors; also called nature girl Examples The nature boy always exercises outside.