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varnish

  

      n  
1      (Also called)    oil varnish   a preparation consisting of a solvent, a drying oil, and usually resin, rubber, bitumen, etc., for application to a surface where it polymerizes to yield a hard glossy, usually transparent, coating  
2    a similar preparation consisting of a substance, such as shellac or cellulose ester, dissolved in a volatile solvent, such as alcohol. It hardens to a film on evaporation of the solvent  
   See also       spirit varnish  
3      (Also called)    natural varnish   the sap of certain trees used to produce such a coating  
4    a smooth surface, coated with or as with varnish  
5    an artificial, superficial, or deceptively pleasing manner, covering, etc.; veneer  
6      (Chiefly Brit)      another word for       nail polish  
      vb   tr  
7    to cover with varnish  
8    to give a smooth surface to, as if by painting with varnish  
9    to impart a more attractive appearance to  
10    to make superficially attractive  
     (C14: from Old French vernis, from Medieval Latin veronix sandarac, resin, from Medieval Greek berenike, perhaps from Greek Berenike, city in Cyrenaica, Libya where varnishes were used)  
  varnisher      n  


oil varnish  
      n      another name for       varnish       1  
spirit varnish  
      n   a varnish consisting of a gum or resin, such as shellac or copal, dissolved in alcohol  
varnish tree  
      n   any of various trees, such as the lacquer tree, yielding substances used to make varnish or lacquer  
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nail polish   , varnish          ,   (U.S.)   enamel  
      n   a quick-drying lacquer applied to colour the nails or make them shiny or esp. both  


oil varnish  
      n      another name for        varnish              1  
spirit varnish  
      n   a varnish consisting of a gum or resin, such as shellac or copal, dissolved in alcohol  
varnish         
      n  
1      (Also called)    oil varnish   a preparation consisting of a solvent, a drying oil, and usually resin, rubber, bitumen, etc., for application to a surface where it polymerizes to yield a hard glossy, usually transparent, coating  
2    a similar preparation consisting of a substance, such as shellac or cellulose ester, dissolved in a volatile solvent, such as alcohol. It hardens to a film on evaporation of the solvent  
   See also       spirit varnish  
3      (Also called)    natural varnish   the sap of certain trees used to produce such a coating  
4    a smooth surface, coated with or as with varnish  
5    an artificial, superficial, or deceptively pleasing manner, covering, etc.; veneer  
6      (Chiefly Brit)      another word for       nail polish  
      vb   tr  
7    to cover with varnish  
8    to give a smooth surface to, as if by painting with varnish  
9    to impart a more attractive appearance to  
10    to make superficially attractive  
     (C14: from Old French vernis, from Medieval Latin veronix sandarac, resin, from Medieval Greek berenike, perhaps from Greek Berenike, city in Cyrenaica, Libya where varnishes were used)  
  varnisher      n  
varnish tree  
      n   any of various trees, such as the lacquer tree, yielding substances used to make varnish or lacquer  

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varnish

  

      vb   adorn, decorate, embellish, gild, glaze, gloss, japan, lacquer, polish, shellac  

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