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  • to make smooth or shiny by rubbing; to polish; to shine
  • In pottery, a stone is sometimes used to burnish a pot before firing, giving it a smooth, shiny look.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

Bur"nish (&?;), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Burnished (&?;); p. pr. & vb. n. Burnishing.] [OE. burnischen, burnissen, burnen, OF. burnir, brunir, to make brown, polish, F. brunir, fr. F. brun brown, fr. OHG. br&?;n; cf. MHG. briunen to make brown, polish. See Brown, a.] To cause to shine; to make smooth and bright; to polish; specifically, to polish by rubbing with something hard and smooth; as, to burnish brass or paper.

The frame of burnished steel, that east a glare
From far, and seemed to thaw the freezing air.

Now the village windows blaze,
Burnished by the setting sun.

Burnishing machine, a machine for smoothing and polishing by compression, as in making paper collars.

Bur"nish, v. i. To shine forth; to brighten; to become smooth and glossy, as from swelling or filling out; hence, to grow large.

A slender poet must have time to grow,
And spread and burnish as his brothers do.

My thoughts began to burnish, sprout, and swell.

Bur"nish, n. The effect of burnishing; gloss; brightness; luster. Crashaw.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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