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Definitions for patina
ˈpæt n ə, pəˈti nə; pəˈtinpati·na

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. patina(noun)

    a fine coating of oxide on the surface of a metal


  1. patina(Noun)

    A paten, flat type of dish

    Etymology: From patina.

  2. patina(Noun)

    The color or incrustation which age and wear give to (mainly metallic) objects; especially, the green rust which covers works of art such as ancient bronzes, coins and medals.

    Etymology: From patina.

  3. patina(Adjective)

    Of a green colour, tinted with grey, like that of bronze patina.

    Etymology: From patina.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Patina(noun)

    a dish or plate of metal or earthenware; a patella

    Etymology: [It., fr. L. patina a dish, a pan, a kind of cake. Cf. Paten.]

  2. Patina(noun)

    the color or incrustation which age gives to works of art; especially, the green rust which covers ancient bronzes, coins, and medals

    Etymology: [It., fr. L. patina a dish, a pan, a kind of cake. Cf. Paten.]


  1. Patina

    Patina is a tarnish that forms on the surface of copper, bronze and similar metals; stone; a sheen on wooden furniture produced by age, wear, and polishing; or any such acquired change of a surface through age and exposure. Patinas can provide a protective layer to materials that would otherwise be damaged by corrosion or weathering. They may also be aesthetically appealing. On metal, patina is a coating of various chemical compounds such as oxides, carbonates, sulfides, or sulfates formed on the surface during exposure to atmospheric elements. Patina also refers to accumulated changes in surface texture and colour that result from normal use of an object such as a coin or a piece of furniture over time. Archaeologists study the patinas found on flint tools and ancient stone monuments. Stone develops a corticated layer over time that is due to a range of complex factors. This has led stone tool analysts in recent times to generally prefer the term "cortification" as a better term to describe the process than "patination".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Patina

    pat′i-na, n. a bowl, pan, patella: the encrustation which age gives to works of art: the peculiar varnish-like rust which covers ancient bronzes and medals.—adj. Pat′ināted.—n. Patinā′tion. [It.,—L. patina, a dish, a kind of cake.]

Anagrams for patina »

  1. pinata, piñata, taipan

  2. Piñata

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of patina in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of patina in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of patina in a Sentence

  1. Louis Jacobson:

    This race is still in play, and who wins depends a lot on who wins the primaries, but this is a swing state so a Democrat or a Republican could win. … The contrast of the two [ Democratic ] candidates makes that race more interesting. Richard Cordray calls Richard Cordray a progressive, but Richard Cordray has an establishment patina to Richard Cordray.

  2. Ned Price:

    No one has ever been criminally prosecuted for unmasking. That would be tantamount to pursuing criminal charges against an intelligence analyst for merely doing his job, it's clearly an attempt to cast a patina of criminality around a routine practice.

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