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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun burnish:

glosspolish
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Burnish (to polish) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's absolutely essential words for the GRE, which includes 300 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

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Definition of the noun burnish

What does burnish mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: burnishes

  1. the property of being smooth and shiny

Definition of the verb burnish

What does burnish mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: burnished | burnishing | burnishes

  1. polish and make shiny
    • example: They burnish the glass tubes
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of burnish: buff / furbish
    • more generic words: polish / shine / smooth / smoothen = make (a surface) shine

Alternative definition of the verb burnish

verb

  1. To make smooth or shiny by rubbing; to polish; to shine.

Definition of the verb burnish for high school students

    to polish, shine
    • example: His mother asked him to burnish the silverware before setting the table.

The verb burnish is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for burnish

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Google preview2017/2018 ASVAB For Dummies with Online Practice (2017)

by Rod Powers

Burnish is a verb that means to polish something by rubbing. A. Commodity is a noun that means a raw material or agricultural product that can be bought or sold; it can also refer to a useful or valuable thing. A. Contrived is an adjective that ...

Google previewLove and Revenge; or, the Vintner outwitted: an opera [in three acts and in prose, with songs]. (1729)

Burnish is a civil Man. Meal. Mr. Burni/h!

Google previewThe First American Furniture Finisher's Manual (1827)

A Reprint of "The Cabinet-maker's Guide" of 1827 by Robert D. Mussey

and is called burnish gilding. which, when well executed, adds greatly to the ornamental work often introduced,either in the internal decoration ...

Google preview2017 / 2018 ASVAB For Dummies (2017)

by Rod Powers

Burnish is a verb that means to polish something by rubbing. A. Commodity is a noun that means a raw material or agricultural product that can be bought or sold; it can also refer to a useful or valuable thing. A. Contrived is an adjective that ...

Google previewAdeline's Art Dictionary (1891)

Containing a Complete Index of All Terms Used in Art, Architecture, Heraldry, and Archæology by Jules Adeline

Burnish. To burnish is to polish gold or silver and give it a brilliant surface by means of a notched agate or bloodstone. Burnished metal ...

Google previewThe cabinet dictionary. To which is added a supplementary treatise on geometrical lines, perspective, and painting in general (1803)

by Thomas Sheraton

try the work, by only gilding a small part of the work 2 or 3 inches long, for proving whether it will burnish. If not, the size must be varied till it will. When the work is ready for burnishing, is known by sounding the gilding with the burnisher ; and if ...

Google previewThe Cleaning Encyclopedia (2009)

Your A-to-Z Illustrated Guide to Cleaning Like the Pros by Don Aslett

(See “Burnish") Builder (in Soups and Detergents) A builder is a chemical that boosts thecleaningpowerofsoapsanddetergents. Builders do this by softening hard water, by supplying addilional alkalinity and helping to keep alkalinity constant, ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedic Dictionary (1896)

A New, Original and Exhaustive Work of Reference to All English Words, Their Origin, Development, Orthography, Pronunciation, Meaning and Legitimate Or Customary Use ... by Robert Hunter

burnish—burrow ing-furnace, in which volatile mineral matters are expelled, as the sulphur from tin pyrites; a kiln. burning-mirror or reflector, s. Optics: A concave mirror, or a combination of plane-mirrors, so arranged as to concentrate the ...

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun burnish:

glosspolish

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb burnish:

buffburnish

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Scrabble value of B3U1R1N1I1S1H4

The value of this 7-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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