Definitions of varnish

  1. cover with varnish
  2. paint that provides a hard glossy transparent coating
  3. 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.
  4. That which resembles varnish, either naturally or artificially; a glossy appearance.
  5. An artificial covering to give a fair appearance to any act or conduct; outside show; gloss.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. A liquid, oily preparation of resin used for giving gloss to the surface of wood or metal work; outside smoothness.
  9. To cover with such a liquid; give a gloss to; give a good outside appearance to.
  10. Varnisher.
  11. To cover with a liquid to give a glossy surface to: to give a fair appearance to.
  12. A sticky liquid which dries and forms a hard, lustrous coating: palliation.
  13. A liquid which forms a glossy coating by drying; polish; palliation.
  14. To glaze with varnish; give a fair appearance to.
  15. To cover, as with varnish; polish; gloss over.
  16. A solution of certain gums or resins; used to produce a shining coat on a surface; superficial polish.
  17. 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.
  18. To cover with a varnish; to give a fair external appearance to; to gloss; to palliate.
  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.
  20. To cover with a liquid in order to give a glossy surface to; to give a fair appearance to; to gloss.

Usage examples for varnish

  1. It sounds like the name of some new floor varnish. – Tom Swift in the Land of Wonders or, The Underground Search for the Idol of Gold by Victor Appleton
  2. Yet one in the full vigour of his manhood stood thinking a score of thoughts while the flames bit through the varnish into the wood. – Peccavi by E. W. Hornung
  3. Every thing smells of the varnish upon the newly- painted coat- of- arms. – Old Fritz and the New Era by Louise Muhlbach
  4. And so now, according to directions, our lady friend, not content with putting on three coats of enamel, all at one sitting, proceeded to put on the coat of varnish. – Continuous Vaudeville by Will M. Cressy
  5. The light ticking of a French clock on the mantel, supported by a young shepherdess of bronze complexion and great symmetry of limb, was the only sound that disturbed the Christmas- like peace of the apartment,- a peace which held the odors of evergreens, new toys, cedar- boxes, glue, and varnish in an harmonious combination that passed all understanding. – Mrs. Skaggs's Husbands and Other Stories by Bret Harte
  6. White shellac also produces a slight change in color and for this reason many working with toys will use a good clear varnish instead. – Advanced Toy Making for Schools by David M. Mitchell
  7. I hope nothing happens to him until his coat of varnish is hard and dry. – The Story of a Nodding Donkey by Laura Lee Hope
  8. Literature is not a varnish or a polish. – The Last Harvest by John Burroughs
  9. Such a man is urged on by Impulse, offspring of Infatuation, till his mischief stands out clear, as worthless bronze stripped of its varnish. – Story of Orestes A Condensation of the Trilogy by Richard G. Moulton
  10. The cocoons of the Sphex have already shown us a similar varnish. – More Hunting Wasps by J. Henri Fabre
  11. The common fault is that of using too much flour; the meat should have a fine light varnish of froth, not the appearance of being covered with a paste; and those who are particular about the froth, use butter instead of dripping. – The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, by Mary Eaton
  12. One of his earliest recollections was of his nurse taking him into a little shop, at some village where they were spending the summer, and his cold terror when he found himself directly beside a long brown one, smelling of varnish, and with silver handles. – Georgina of the Rainbows by Annie Fellows Johnston
  13. What human emotion of upward tendency has not at least a little of the varnish of hypocrisy on certain less presentable spots in it? – The Grain Of Dust A Novel by David Graham Phillips
  14. After the puzzle is cut up it is well to varnish each piece with paper varnish, which keeps it clean and preserves it. – What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  15. Over everything was silence and a pervading smell of fresh varnish. – K by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  16. He could carry a grand piano down this trail and never scrape the varnish. – The Enchanted Canyon by Honoré Willsie Morrow