from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make smooth or glossy by or as if by rubbing; polish.
- transitive v. To rub with a tool that serves especially to smooth or polish.
- n. A smooth glossy finish or appearance; luster.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make smooth or shiny by rubbing; to polish; to shine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The effect of burnishing; gloss; brightness; luster.
- intransitive v. To shine forth; to brighten; to become smooth and glossy, as from swelling or filling out; hence, to grow large.
- transitive v. To cause to shine; to make smooth and bright; to polish; specifically, to polish by rubbing with something hard and smooth.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cause to glow or become resplendent.
- To polish by friction; make smooth and lustrous: as, to burnish steel.
- To grow, as a child; thrive; flourish; become fat and sleek; hence, to become bright or brilliant; show conspicuously.
- n. Polish; hence, gloss; brightness; luster.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. polish and make shiny
- n. the property of being smooth and shiny
Nice to see a potential American leader able to once again burnish America’s image abroad. —
This past week, Limbaugh insisted that the Obama White House would use the catastrophe in Haiti to "burnish" the president's standing and credibility "with the black community, in the both light-skinned and dark-skinned black community, in this country."
The editors accuse Scott of "shamelessly exploiting the tragedy of a family of a severely disabled young woman" in order to "burnish" his pro-life bona fides.
So, very clearly in the political sense, given that this was during an election year and part of an effort to kind of burnish up his foreign policy credentials, it was interesting to me that he spent so much time in Israel, that he did make that statement in Sderot, which is one of the reasons that Israel is now in the Gaza is to stop those incoming missiles.
So it definitely -- it just frees her up to -- to not only enhance her name recognition, which is already really high, but also to kind of burnish her brand, because she is still so much a figure that, you know, conservatives like and what she needs to do now, clearly, is become more of an independent -- a figure that Independents can like.
Inside the word "burnish," by a neat linguistic accident, lies the word "burn" — the copper shines because of the burning heat of the sun, so to speak.
RadioShack would "burnish" its brand, add more private-label programs, and continue to build its wireless business under a new go-to-market strategy that was shared with investors during a rare earnings call by chairman/CEO Julian Day.
Ann Coulter is jealous of the attention Rush Limbaugh has been getting since making his comment about the Obama administration wanting to exploit the Haitian tragedy to "burnish" his credentials with the black community.
FORT WORTH, TEXAS - RadioShack will "burnish" its brand, add more private-label programs, and continue to improve productivity and performance under its
How does stepping in each of those places for a 3 hr. photo op "burnish" his foriegn policy cedentials?
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