from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A paint containing a solvent and an oxidizing or evaporating binder, used to coat a surface with a hard, glossy, transparent film.
- n. The smooth coating or gloss resulting from the application of this paint.
- n. Something suggestive of or resembling varnish.
- n. A deceptively attractive external appearance; an outward show.
- transitive v. To cover with varnish.
- transitive v. To give a smooth and glossy finish to.
- transitive v. To give a deceptively attractive appearance to; gloss over.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A type of paint with a solvent that evaporates to leave a hard, transparent, glossy film.
- n. Anything resembling such a paint.
- n. By extension: A deceptively showy appearance.
- v. To apply varnish.
- v. To cover up with varnish.
- v. To gloss over a defect.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A viscid liquid, consisting of a solution of resinous matter in an oil or a volatile liquid, laid on work with a brush, or otherwise. When applied the varnish soon dries, either by evaporation or chemical action, and the resinous part forms thus a smooth, hard surface, with a beautiful gloss, capable of resisting, to a greater or less degree, the influences of air and moisture.
- n. That which resembles varnish, either naturally or artificially; a glossy appearance.
- n. An artificial covering to give a fair appearance to any act or conduct; outside show; gloss.
- transitive v. To lay varnish on; to cover with a liquid which produces, when dry, a hard, glossy surface.
- transitive v. To cover or conceal with something that gives a fair appearance; to give a fair coloring to by words; to gloss over; to palliate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In etching, any resinous coating used to cover parts of the plate which have become exposed: to be distinguished from the ground, which is the original coating applied to the entire plate.
- n. A solution of resinous matter, forming a clear limpid fluid capable of hardening without losing its transparency: used by painters, gilders, cabinet-makers, and others for coating over the surface of their work in order to give it a shining, transparent, and hard surface, capable of resisting in a greater or less degree the influences of air and moisture.
- n. That which resembles varnish, either naturally or artificially: a glossy or lustrous appearance.
- n. An artificial covering to give a fair appearance to any act or conduct; outside show; gloss; palliation; “whitewash.”
- n. In ceramics, the glaze of pottery or porcelain.
- To lay varnish on for the purpose of decorating or protecting the surface. See varnish, n., 1.
- To cover with something that gives a fair external appearance; give an improved appearance to.
- To give an attractive external appearance to by rhetoric; give a fair coloring to; gloss over; palliate: as, to varnish errors or deformity.
- To apply varnish, in a general sense.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cover with varnish
- n. a coating that provides a hard, lustrous, transparent finish to a surface
Middle English vernisshe, from Old French vernis, from Medieval Latin veronix, vernix, sandarac resin, from Medieval Greek verenikē, from Greek Berenikē, Berenice (Benghazi), an ancient city of Cyrenaica.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French vernis, from Latin origin. (Wiktionary)