Definitions for varnishˈvɑr nɪʃ
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a preparation for coating surfaces, as of wood, consisting of resinous matter dissolved in oil, alcohol, or the like.
the sap of certain trees, used for the same purpose.
any of various other preparations similarly used, as one having India rubber as its chief constituent.
a coating or surface of varnish.
something suggesting this; gloss.
superficial polish, esp. to conceal some inadequacy.
Ref: nail polish.
(v.t.)to coat with varnish.
to give a glossy appearance to.
to give an improved appearance to.
to give a superficially pleasing appearance to, esp. in order to deceive:
to varnish the truth.
Origin of varnish:
1300–50; ME varnisch < MF vernis, verniz < ML vernicium sandarac < MGk bernikē, syncopated var. of Gk Berenikē, city in Cyrenaica
a coating that provides a hard, lustrous, transparent finish to a surface
cover with varnish
A type of paint with a solvent that evaporates to leave a hard, transparent, glossy film.
Anything resembling such a paint.
By extension: A deceptively showy appearance.
To apply varnish.
To cover up with varnish.
To gloss over a defect.
Origin: vernis, from origin.
a viscid liquid, consisting of a solution of resinous matter in an oil or a volatile liquid, laid on work with a brush, or otherwise. When applied the varnish soon dries, either by evaporation or chemical action, and the resinous part forms thus a smooth, hard surface, with a beautiful gloss, capable of resisting, to a greater or less degree, the influences of air and moisture
that which resembles varnish, either naturally or artificially; a glossy appearance
an artificial covering to give a fair appearance to any act or conduct; outside show; gloss
to lay varnish on; to cover with a liquid which produces, when dry, a hard, glossy surface; as, to varnish a table; to varnish a painting
to cover or conceal with something that gives a fair appearance; to give a fair coloring to by words; to gloss over; to palliate; as, to varnish guilt
The Standard Electrical Dictionary
A glossy transparent coating of the nature of paint, applied as a protective, or ornamental coating to objects.
Translations for varnish
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a usually clear sticky liquid which gives protection and a glossy surface to wood, paint etc.
- وَرْنيش: طِلاء للتّلميعArabic
- vernizPortuguese (BR)
- der LackGerman
- lak; fernisDanish
- λούστρο, βερνίκιGreek
- روغن جلاFarsi
- वार्निश, रोगनHindi
- premaz, pokost, glazuraCroatian
- lakk, fernisIcelandic
- 바니시, 니스Korean
- lakk, fernissNorwegian
- fernissa, lackSwedish
- 亮光漆Chinese (Trad.)
- véc niVietnamese
- 清漆Chinese (Simp.)
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