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Definition of "varnish" []

  • A paint containing a solvent and an oxidizing or evaporating binder, used to coat a surface with a hard, glossy, transparent film. (noun)
  • The smooth coating or gloss resulting from the application of this paint. (noun)
  • Something suggestive of or resembling varnish. (noun)
  • A deceptively attractive external appearance; an outward show. (noun)
  • To cover with varnish. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "varnish" in a sentence
  • "A fire retardant varnish is then applied to the entire piece."
  • "A good varnish is one that will not separate, Mauclerc stated, because the ingredients have formed an indivisible union: his theory of varnishmaking is also a theory of chemical combination. 23 Complete joining of the materials is only certain when there has been effervesce."
  • "A thin coat of varnish is now painted over the parts that are sufficiently deepened, technically speaking they are "stopped out," and the process of biting is recommenced."