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veneering

[vuh-neer-ing] /vəˈnɪər ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the process, act, or craft of applying veneers.
2.
material applied as a veneer.
3.
the surface formed by the application of veneers.
4.
a superficial covering, display, or appearance:
a veneering of civilization.
Origin of veneering
1700-1710
1700-10; veneer + -ing1

veneer

[vuh-neer] /vəˈnɪər/
noun
1.
a thin layer of wood or other material for facing or inlaying wood.
2.
any of the thin layers of wood glued together to form plywood.
3.
Building Trades. a facing of a certain material applied to a different one or to a type of construction not ordinarily associated with it, as a facing of brick applied to a frame house.
4.
a superficially valuable or pleasing appearance:
a cruel person with a veneer of kindliness.
verb (used with object)
5.
to overlay or face (wood) with thin sheets of some material, as a fine wood, ivory, or tortoise shell.
6.
to face or cover (an object) with any material that is more desirable as a surface material than the basic material of the object; revet.
7.
to cement (layers of wood veneer) to form plywood.
8.
to give a superficially valuable or pleasing appearance to.
Origin
1695-1705; earlier fineering, faneering < German Fourni(e)rung, Furni(e)rung, equivalent to furni(e)ren to furnish (< French fournir) + -ung -ing1
Related forms
veneerer, noun
unveneered, adjective
Synonyms
4. façade, front, show, mask, guise.
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Examples from the Web for veneering
Historical Examples
  • Gives Podsnap to understand that he, veneering, formed his political opinions while sitting at the feet of him, Podsnap.

    Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens
  • I had thought that at least it would be caked on the outside of it like a kind of veneering.

    Roughing It Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • There was a specious justice in them veneering their cruelty; I am glad to say that I gave utterance to none of them.

    The King's Mirror Anthony Hope
  • If a person be honest and trustworthy, the art of veneering is almost beyond his grasp.

  • For rabbits I wrap the trees with paper or veneering, and for borers I mound the tree up.

    The Apple Various
  • veneering expresses his inability ever to acknowledge this last service.

    Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens
  • Some pretty effects were now obtained by veneering, which was largely coming into practice.

    Chats on Old Furniture Arthur Hayden
  • veneering is talking with his other next neighbour, and she speaks in a low voice.

    Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens
  • And, indeed, veneering is much relieved in mind to find that Podsnap betrays no jealousy of Twemlow's elevation.

    Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens
  • How much better to have had a thin tablet or veneering of marble or iron adjusted to the back of the book.

British Dictionary definitions for veneering

veneering

/vɪˈnɪərɪŋ/
noun
1.
material used as veneer or a veneered surface
2.
(rare) a superficial show

veneer

/vɪˈnɪə/
noun
1.
a thin layer of wood, plastic, etc, with a decorative or fine finish that is bonded to the surface of a less expensive material, usually wood
2.
a superficial appearance, esp one that is pleasing: a veneer of gentility
3.
any facing material that is applied to a different backing material
4.
any one of the layers of wood that is used to form plywood
verb (transitive)
5.
to cover (a surface) with a veneer
6.
to bond together (thin layers of wood) to make plywood
7.
to conceal (something) under a superficially pleasant surface
Derived Forms
veneerer, noun
Word Origin
C17: from German furnieren to veneer, from Old French fournir to furnish
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Word Origin and History for veneering

veneer

n.

1702, from German Furnier, from furnieren "to cover with a veneer, inlay," from French fournir "to furnish, accomplish," from Middle French fornir "to furnish," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German frumjan "to provide;" see furnish). A word batted back and forth from German to French to German. Figurative sense of "mere outward show of some good quality" is attested from 1868. The verb is recorded from 1728.

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veneering in Medicine

veneer ve·neer (və-nēr')
n.
A layer of tooth-colored material, usually porcelain or acrylic resin, attached to and covering the surface of a metal crown or natural tooth structure.

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