American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To smooth (metal) by rolling or hammering.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make smooth or plane, as wood.
- To condense, smooth, and toughen, as a metallic plate, by light blows of a hammer.
- To polish: as, to planish silver goods or tin-plate.
- v. To repeatedly hammer (a sheet of metal) so as to shape and smooth it or create a decorative indented finish.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make smooth or plane, as a metallic surface; to condense, toughen, and polish by light blows with a hammer.
- Middle English *planishen, from Old French planir, planiss-, to make smooth, from plan, level, from Latin plānus; see pelə-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Russia sheet iron is a planish iron having a lustrous, metallic gray finish.”
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