from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To brighten by cleaning or rubbing; polish.
- transitive v. To restore to attractive or serviceable condition; renovate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To polish or burnish.
- v. To renovate or recondition.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To rub or scour to brightness; to clean; to burnish.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To rub or scour to brightness; polish; burnish.
- Figuratively, to clear from taint or stain; renew the glory or brightness of; renovate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. polish and make shiny
As we exchange these few but amiable remarks about country houses, I furbish him up and make him concrete.
Many were outraged that the firms hired to furbish the homes of the fashionable had dared to breach the bedroom, and proposed to abolish the sacramental double bed and replace it with the new “twin beds” which manufacturers were beginning to introduce.
Alderman Daley claims Grossinger Auto needed $8.5 million in public subsidies to help it re-furbish a warehouse for its new sales and service headquarters.
Are they so strong that they can be allowed to jeopardize the entire economy for the snail darter and the furbish lousewort?
Now if we see a bargain wheel that looks promising we can buy it for the Wheel Bank, furbish it up and have it ready to loan out or sell on at cost or a very modest profit.
Please to think if you can furbish up any of these besides a novel.
Yet it is true, I do not want to hurt you; only to refresh and furbish up my own belief in myself that failed at your entry.
Take thee a wife, and furbish her harness to some tune.
Therefore it is expedient that you do one of these two things: either furbish your weapon bravely, and as it ought to be, or otherwise have a care that, in the rusty case it is in, you do not presume to return to the house of Raminagrobis.
Harness the horses; and get up, ye horsemen, and stand forth with your helmets; furbish the spears, and put on the brigandines.