Definitions of varnish

  1. To cover with such a liquid; give a gloss to; give a good outside appearance to.
  2. To cover with a liquid to give a glossy surface to: to give a fair appearance to.
  3. To glaze with varnish; give a fair appearance to.
  4. To cover, as with varnish; polish; gloss over.
  5. cover with varnish
  6. To cover with a varnish; to give a fair external appearance to; to gloss; to palliate.
  7. To cover with a liquid in order to give a glossy surface to; to give a fair appearance to; to gloss.
  8. 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.
  9. That which resembles varnish, either naturally or artificially; a glossy appearance.
  10. An artificial covering to give a fair appearance to any act or conduct; outside show; gloss.
  11. To lay varnish on; to cover with a liquid which produces, when dry, a hard, glossy surface; as, to varnish a table; to varnish a painting.
  12. To cover or conceal with something that gives a fair appearance; to give a fair coloring to by words; to gloss over; to palliate; as, to varnish guilt.
  13. A liquid, oily preparation of resin used for giving gloss to the surface of wood or metal work; outside smoothness.
  14. Varnisher.
  15. A sticky liquid which dries and forms a hard, lustrous coating: palliation.
  16. A liquid which forms a glossy coating by drying; polish; palliation.
  17. A solution of certain gums or resins; used to produce a shining coat on a surface; superficial polish.
  18. A transparent resinous liquid laid on work by painters and others, to give a smooth, hard, and glossy surface; an artificial covering to give a fair appearance to any act or conduct; gloss.
  19. A liquid resinous matter spread upon a surface, to which it gives a glossy coating when dry, and which is impervious to air or moisture; gloss.