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Varnish vs. Veneer

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  • Varnish (noun)

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

  • Varnish (noun)

    Anything resembling such a paint; glossy appearance.

  • Varnish (noun)

    A deceptively showy appearance.

  • Varnish (noun)

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

  • Varnish (verb)

    To apply varnish.

  • Varnish (verb)

    To cover up with varnish.

  • Varnish (verb)

    To gloss over a defect.

  • Veneer (noun)

    A thin decorative covering of fine material (usually wood) applied to coarser wood or other material.

  • Veneer (noun)

    An attractive appearance that covers or disguises true nature or feelings.

  • Veneer (verb)

    To apply veneer to.

    "to veneer a piece of furniture with mahogany"

  • Veneer (verb)

    To disguise with apparent goodness.

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Oxford Dictionary
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  • Varnish (noun)

    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.

  • Varnish (noun)

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

  • Varnish (noun)

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

  • Varnish

    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.

  • Varnish

    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.

  • Veneer

    To overlay or plate with a thin layer of wood or other material for outer finish or decoration; as, to veneer a piece of furniture with mahogany. Used also figuratively.

  • Veneer (noun)

    A thin leaf or layer of a more valuable or beautiful material for overlaying an inferior one, especially such a thin leaf of wood to be glued to a cheaper wood; hence, external show; gloss; false pretense.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Varnish (noun)

    paint that provides a hard glossy transparent coating

  • Varnish (verb)

    cover with varnish

  • Veneer (noun)

    coating consisting of a thin layer of superior wood glued to a base of inferior wood

  • Veneer (noun)

    an ornamental coating to a building

  • Veneer (verb)

    cover with veneer;

    "veneer the furniture to protect it"

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