When the varnish is removed with spirits of turpentine, the engraving is seen in sunken lines on the plate.
After they are well buttered, varnish them all over with a feather, dipped in the yolk of an egg stirred up with a little beer.
Everything looked as if covered with varnish: the green and yellow colors became brighter; the black became blacker.
This varnish will set, or keep its place on the silk in four hours, the silk may then be turned and varnished on the other side.
The varnish which has failed to give me satisfaction may be most suitable for other parts of the Union.
He cast his eye around upon the prevailing hair-cloth and varnish.
He hoped by cunning to varnish over his want of faith and of ability.
But a dab of varnish, a touch of gilding here and there, was all that was necessary.
Mr. Warr was here, under solemn articles not once to varnish the work of art until the run of the piece was over.
The paint and varnish drop from the woodwork like so much sand.
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.