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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. the property of being smooth and shiny;
[syn: polish, gloss, glossiness, burnish]


VERB (1)

1. polish and make shiny;
- Example: "buff the wooden floors"
- Example: "buff my shoes"
[syn: buff, burnish, furbish]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Burnish \Bur"nish\, n. The effect of burnishing; gloss; brightness; luster. --Crashaw. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Burnish \Bur"nish\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Burnished; p. pr. & vb. n. Burnishing.] [OE. burnischen, burnissen, burnen, OF. burnir, brunir, to make brown, polish, F. brunir, fr. F. brun brown, fr. OHG. br?n; cf. MHG. briunen to make brown, polish. See Brown, a.] To cause to shine; to make smooth and bright; to polish; specifically, to polish by rubbing with something hard and smooth; as, to burnish brass or paper. [1913 Webster] The frame of burnished steel, that east a glare From far, and seemed to thaw the freezing air. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Now the village windows blaze, Burnished by the setting sun. --Cunningham. [1913 Webster] Burnishing machine, a machine for smoothing and polishing by compression, as in making paper collars. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Burnish \Bur"nish\, v. i. To shine forth; to brighten; to become smooth and glossy, as from swelling or filling out; hence, to grow large. [1913 Webster] A slender poet must have time to grow, And spread and burnish as his brothers do. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] My thoughts began to burnish, sprout, and swell. --Herbert. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

burnish n 1: the property of being smooth and shiny [syn: polish, gloss, glossiness, burnish] v 1: polish and make shiny; "buff the wooden floors"; "buff my shoes" [syn: buff, burnish, furbish]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

22 Moby Thesaurus words for "burnish": buff, dress, finish, furbish, glance, glaze, gloss, luster, polish, rub, rub up, sand, sandblast, sandpaper, scour, shine, sleek, slick, slick down, smooth, varnish, wax