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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

Revenge of the Nerds Peter Beinart December 7, 2008
Welcome to Woolwich, Where English Terrorists Say Sorry While They Murder Peter Pomerantsev May 22, 2013
Full Text of President Obama’s Eulogy for Nelson Mandela The Daily Beast December 9, 2013
Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq Nathan Bradley Bethea August 30, 2014
Rush Limbaugh’s Fear of a Black James Bond Dean Obeidallah December 28, 2014

Historical Examples

Java, Facts and Fancies Augusta de Wit
Way of the Lawless Max Brand
Embassy to the Eastern Courts of Cochin-China, Siam, and Muscat Edmund Roberts
Imogen William Godwin
Woman under Monasticism Lina Eckenstein

to make or become shiny or smooth by friction; polish
a shiny finish; lustre


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