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Fixative vs. Varnish

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Fixativenoun

A substance that fixes, protects, or preserves.

Varnishnoun

A type of paint with a solvent that evaporates to leave a hard, transparent, glossy film.

Fixativenoun

(perfumery) The components of a perfume that prolong or bolster the notes, and may or may not be the base note itself.

Varnishnoun

Anything resembling such a paint; glossy appearance.

Fixativeadjective

Serving to fix or bind.

Varnishnoun

(by extension) A deceptively showy appearance.

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Fixativenoun

That which serves to set or fix colors or drawings, as a mordant.

Varnishnoun

a passenger train, probably derived from the varnished passenger cars used at one time.

Fixativenoun

a compound (such as ethanol or formaldehyde) that fixes tissues and cells for microscopic study

Varnishverb

(intransitive) To apply varnish.

Fixativenoun

a varnish dissolved in alcohol and sprayed over pictures to prevent smudging

Varnishverb

(transitive) To cover up with varnish.

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Varnishverb

(transitive) To gloss over a defect.

Varnishnoun

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.

Varnishnoun

That which resembles varnish, either naturally or artificially; a glossy appearance.

‘The varnish of the holly and ivy.’;

Varnishnoun

An artificial covering to give a fair appearance to any act or conduct; outside show; gloss.

‘And set a double varnish on the fameThe Frenchman gave you.’;

Varnishverb

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.

Varnishverb

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.

‘Close ambition, varnished o'er with zeal.’; ‘Cato's voice was ne'er employedTo clear the guilty and to varnish crimes.’;

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Varnishnoun

paint that provides a hard glossy transparent coating

Varnishverb

cover with varnish

Varnishnoun

resin dissolved in a liquid for applying on wood, metal, or other materials to form a hard, clear, shiny surface when dry

‘the wood was stained with a dark varnish’; ‘several coats of varnish’;

Varnishnoun

short for nail varnish

‘her fingernails were painted with pink varnish’;

Varnishnoun

an external or superficially attractive appearance of a specific quality

‘an outward varnish of civilization’;

Varnishverb

apply varnish to

‘we stripped the floor and varnished it’; ‘her toenails were varnished red’;

Varnishverb

disguise or gloss over (a fact)

‘they varnished over their vices, and exaggerated their merit’;

Varnish

Varnish is a clear transparent hard protective coating or film. It is not a stain.

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