Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
Advanced Dictionary    
Display options
Show syllables
Show Lookup History
Double-Click Lookup
  Show Spanish support
 
Pronunciation
Wordsmyth
  Phonics
  IPA
 
Entry formats
Standard
  Classic
 
Lookup History
burnish

bur·nish

burnish

pronunciation:
buhr nihsh
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: burnished, burnishes, burnishing
definition: to polish or make shiny by rubbing with a cloth or the like.
The silversmith burnished the buckle until it shone brilliantly.
synonyms:
buff, gloss, polish, rub, shine
similar words:
clean, scrub, sleek
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a smooth, shiny appearance; luster.
They admired the burnish of the glazed pottery.
synonyms:
gloss, glow, luster, sheen, shine
similar words:
brilliance, glimmer, polish, radiance, sparkle
derivations: burnisher (n.), burnishment (n.)