What does tarnish mean?

Definitions for tarnish
ˈtɑr nɪʃtar·nish

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tarnishverb

    discoloration of metal surface caused by oxidation

  2. tarnish, stain, maculate, sully, defileverb

    make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically

    "The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air"; "Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man"

Wiktionary

  1. tarnishnoun

    Oxidation or discoloration, especially of a decorative metal exposed to air.

    Etymology: From ternir, stem of ternir, from ternir, of origin, from Old , from darnijanan, from dher(ǝ)-. Cognate with , tarnen (Modern German tarnen), dyrnan, diernan. More at dern, darn.

  2. tarnishverb

    To oxidize or discolor due to oxidation.

    Etymology: From ternir, stem of ternir, from ternir, of origin, from Old , from darnijanan, from dher(ǝ)-. Cognate with , tarnen (Modern German tarnen), dyrnan, diernan. More at dern, darn.

  3. tarnishverb

    To soil, sully, damage or compromise

    Etymology: From ternir, stem of ternir, from ternir, of origin, from Old , from darnijanan, from dher(ǝ)-. Cognate with , tarnen (Modern German tarnen), dyrnan, diernan. More at dern, darn.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tarnishadjective

    to soil, or change the appearance of, especially by an alternation induced by the air, or by dust, or the like; to diminish, dull, or destroy the luster of; to sully; as, to tarnish a metal; to tarnish gilding; to tarnish the purity of color

  2. Tarnishverb

    to lose luster; to become dull; as, gilding will tarnish in a foul air

  3. Tarnishnoun

    the quality or state of being tarnished; stain; soil; blemish

  4. Tarnishnoun

    a thin film on the surface of a metal, usually due to a slight alteration of the original color; as, the steel tarnish in columbite

Freebase

  1. Tarnish

    Tarnish is a thin layer of corrosion that forms over copper, brass, silver, aluminum, and other similar metals as their outermost layer undergoes a chemical reaction. Tarnish does not always result from the sole effects of oxygen in the air. For example, silver needs hydrogen sulfide to tarnish; it does not tarnish with only oxygen. It often appears as a dull, gray or black film or coating over metal. Tarnish is a surface phenomenon, that is self-limiting unlike rust. Only the top few layers of the metal react, and the layer of tarnish seals and protects the underlying layers from reacting. Tarnish actually preserves the underlying metal in outdoor use and is called patina. The formation of patina is necessary in applications such as copper roofing, and outdoor copper, bronze, and brass statues and fittings. Patina is the name given to tarnish on copper based metals.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tarnish

    tär′nish, v.t. to soil by exposure to the air, &c.: to diminish the lustre or purity of, to stain, sully.—v.i. to become dull: to lose lustre.—n. a spot, stain, change in lustre of a mineral.—n. Tar′nisher. [Fr. ternir (pr.p. ternissant); terne, dull, wan—Mid. High Ger. ternen, Old High Ger. tarnjan, to darken; A.S. dernan, to cover.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tarnish in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tarnish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of tarnish in a Sentence

  1. Emeasoba George:

    Take nothing for granted no matter how small it is. For, just a mark can pass or fail you.Even a little mistake can tarnish your image for life.

  2. Brandon Greenberg:

    We sincerely apologize if we offended anyone or if any images were use inappropriately, this was inspired from an image that was obtained from a meme circulating around social media. This was by no means part of an advertising campaign intended to tarnish the Sesame Street brand, but we recognize the issue and all versions of this image have been removed from all Mately websites and social media pages.

  3. Kayla Harrison:

    There are so many things on that list that you don't even think ... you can't take Benadryl in competition, it scares the crap out of me because the last thing I want is a bad test to tarnish my chances, ruin my reputation. So for me it is never worth the risk.

  4. Byron Donalds:

    Every time the left inappropriately uses the word, they are cheapening and lessening the real significance of the actual definition. One thing is abundantly clear; everything America represents is racist and evil to Democrats, they will continue to tarnish this nation until they successfully change it. My goal is to make them unsuccessful.

  5. Nisarat Jongwisan:

    The penalties will impede on a person's access to safe services and also tarnish the dignity of those women.

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  • تلطخArabic
  • tummua, hapettua, hapettuma, liata, tahria, tummentumaFinnish
  • धब्बा लगानाHindi
  • порочить, пятнать, делать тусклым, тускнеть, потускнение, окислениеRussian
  • besudla, skamfila, skada, fläckaSwedish

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