unburnished


unburnished

verb (used with object)

  1. to polish (a surface) by friction.
  2. to make smooth and bright.
  3. Engraving. to flatten and enlarge the dots of (a halftone) by rubbing with a tool.

noun

  1. gloss; brightness; luster: the burnish of brass andirons.

verb

  1. to make or become shiny or smooth by friction; polish

noun

  1. a shiny finish; lustre

v.early 14c., from Old French burniss- present participle stem of burnir, metathesis of brunir “to shine, gleam, sparkle” (trans.), “to polish, make sparkle, make bright, shine,” from brun “brown; polished,” from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German brun, Old Norse brunn “bright, polished; brown;” see brown (adj.)). The connection to “brown” might be explained if the original objects in mind were wooden ones. Related: Burnished; burnishing.

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