burnish

[bur-nish]
verb (used with object)
1.
to polish (a surface) by friction.
2.
to make smooth and bright.
3.
Engraving. to flatten and enlarge the dots of (a halftone) by rubbing with a tool.
noun
4.
gloss; brightness; luster: the burnish of brass andirons.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English burnissh < Anglo-French burniss-, Middle French bruniss- (long stem of burnir, brunir to darken, polish), equivalent to brun- brown + -iss- -ish2

burnishable, adjective
burnishment, noun
unburnished, adjective


1. buff, shine.
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burnish (ˈbɜːnɪʃ)
 
vb
1.  to make or become shiny or smooth by friction; polish
 
n
2.  a shiny finish; lustre
 
[C14 burnischen, from Old French brunir to make brown, from brunbrown]
 
'burnishable
 
adj
 
'burnisher
 
n

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burnish
early 14c., from O.Fr. burniss- prp. stem of burnir, metathesis of brunir "to make brown/bright, polish," from brun "brown, polished," from a Germanic source (cf. O.H.G. brun, O.N. brunn "bright, polished, brown;" see brown).
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Example sentences
He must be careful not to trade away his goal of near-universal coverage to
  burnish his credentials as a deficit-cutter.
The burnish of private money also helped make the college more of a supportive
  community.
It is also keen to burnish its anti-inflation credentials.
The last vestiges of sunlight gild and burnish the pink walls.
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