Meaning of burnish

bur•nish

Pronunciation: (bûr'nish), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to polish (a surface) by friction.
  2. to make smooth and bright.
  3. to flatten and enlarge the dots of (a halftone) by rubbing with a tool.
—n.
  1. gloss; brightness; luster: the burnish of brass andirons.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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