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Polish vs. Varnish

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Polishnoun

A substance used to polish.

‘A good silver polish will remove tarnish easily.’;

Varnishnoun

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

Polishnoun

Cleanliness; smoothness, shininess.

‘The floor was waxed to a high polish.’;

Varnishnoun

Anything resembling such a paint; glossy appearance.

Polishnoun

Refinement; cleanliness in performance or presentation.

‘The lecturer showed a lot of polish at his last talk.’;

Varnishnoun

(by extension) A deceptively showy appearance.

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Polishverb

(transitive) To shine; to make a surface very smooth or shiny by rubbing, cleaning, or grinding.

‘He polished up the chrome until it gleamed.’;

Varnishnoun

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

Polishverb

(transitive) To refine; remove imperfections from.

‘The band has polished its performance since the last concert.’;

Varnishverb

(intransitive) To apply varnish.

Polishverb

(transitive) To apply shoe polish to shoes.

Varnishverb

(transitive) To cover up with varnish.

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Polishverb

(intransitive) To become smooth, as from friction; to receive a gloss; to take a smooth and glossy surface.

‘Steel polishes well.’;

Varnishverb

(transitive) To gloss over a defect.

Polishverb

(transitive) To refine; to wear off the rudeness, coarseness, or rusticity of; to make elegant and polite.

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.

Polishadjective

Of or pertaining to Poland or its inhabitants.

Varnishnoun

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

‘The varnish of the holly and ivy.’;

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Polishverb

To make smooth and glossy, usually by friction; to burnish; to overspread with luster; as, to polish glass, marble, metals, etc.

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.’;

Polishverb

Hence, to refine; to wear off the rudeness, coarseness, or rusticity of; to make elegant and polite; as, to polish life or manners.

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.

Polishverb

To become smooth, as from friction; to receive a gloss; to take a smooth and glossy surface; as, steel polishes well.

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.’;

Polishnoun

A smooth, glossy surface, usually produced by friction; a gloss or luster.

‘Another prism of clearer glass and better polish.’;

Varnishnoun

paint that provides a hard glossy transparent coating

Polishnoun

Anything used to produce a gloss.

Varnishverb

cover with varnish

Polishnoun

Fig.: Refinement; elegance of manners.

‘This Roman polish and this smooth behavior.’;

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’;

Polishnoun

the property of being smooth and shiny

Varnishnoun

short for nail varnish

‘her fingernails were painted with pink varnish’;

Polishnoun

a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality;

‘they performed with great polish’; ‘I admired the exquisite refinement of his prose’; ‘almost an inspiration which gives to all work that finish which is almost art’;

Varnishnoun

an external or superficially attractive appearance of a specific quality

‘an outward varnish of civilization’;

Polishnoun

a preparation used in polishing

Varnishverb

apply varnish to

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

Polishnoun

the Slavic language of Poland

Varnishverb

disguise or gloss over (a fact)

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

Polishverb

(of surfaces) make shine;

‘shine the silver, please’; ‘polish my shoes’;

Varnish

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

Polishverb

improve or perfect by pruning or polishing;

‘refine one's style of writing’;

Polishverb

bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state;

‘polish your social manners’;

Polishadjective

of or relating to Poland or its people or culture;

‘Polish sausage’;

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