Noun Varnish Definition and Examples







Resin dissolved in a liquid for applying on wood, metal, or other materials to form a hard, clear, shiny surface when dry.
  1. count noun 'the wood was stained with a dark varnish'
  2. 'Let dry overnight, then apply two coats of clear polyurethane varnish.'
  3. 'Then he repeatedly applies furniture varnish or stain which he wipes away with turpentine and reapplies to darken the edges of the work.'
  4. 'Both cabins have redwood siding that appears to have been given a clear coat of varnish or shellac.'
  5. 'For thousands of years most paints and varnishes were made with hemp seed oil or linseed. as both make very good bases and can hold pigments really well.'
  6. 'Sealers are usually thinned varnishes which, when applied to wood, penetrate into the wood pores on the surface.'
  7. 'When the piece is dry, sand it lightly and apply one coat of acrylic varnish to protect the finish.'
  8. 'Lots of glue was used to fix this all in place, and over the top of all this a few layers of varnish or shellac were applied to finally seal the whole thing.'
  9. 'Once a year every detail is painted with a thick, clear coat of marine-grade varnish to protect it from weathering.'
  10. 'Oil varnishes consist of a polymer (natural or synthetic) dissolved in an oil.'
  11. 'Apply two, preferably three coats of urethane varnish using a good quality natural bristle brush.'
  12. 'Her colleague, who already had her coat on, looked up then looked down again, picking chipped pink varnish from the edge of a finger nail.'
  13. 'Mummy had never had a ‘blue rinse’ put on her hair or clear varnish on her nails.'
  14. 'The lady filed and shaped our nails, cleaned our cuticles and painted 4 layers of varnish on them.'
  15. 'It would take a lot more than suggesting Lincoln was gay to strip some of the varnish off of his image.'
  16. 'If we are to develop a more realistic sense of place we will need to strip the varnish from some cherished myths about our island world.'
  17. 'Extremist impulses have acquired a varnish of respectability through the intercession of the socialist leaders.'


Apply varnish to.
  1. with object and complement 'her toenails were varnished red'
  2. 'At the end of the paved path, wide, sweeping marble steps rose, leading up to a pair of solid, darkly varnished wooden doors.'
  3. 'The furniture was wood, polished to a high gloss rather than varnished.'
  4. 'The floors and banisters had been varnished and polished till they gleamed, the frames of paintings had received a thorough cleaning.'
  5. '‘It has been varnished, which was a Victorian practice they thought would preserve valuables, but it now means we can't distinguish the varnish from the bone,’ he said.'
  6. 'The chairs are all pinkish and soft from massive amounts of use, and the tables are nicely varnished, but not entirely pristine.'
  7. 'Well crafted, watertight wooden forms are essential, and Ando's forms are varnished to achieve the smooth finish.'
  8. 'He was going to varnish the new pine doors but he was already reeling from the fumes from the paint.'
  9. 'There are two bedrooms upstairs, both with original cast iron fireplaces and varnished wooden floorboards.'
  10. 'We've even varnished it all over so that no splinter would hurt your flesh.'
  11. 'The entrance hall of this attractive terraced property has a varnished pitch pine floor as well as recessed brass spotlights.'
  12. 'If you want to obtain a rustic country style, having plain varnished woodwork will achieve this.'
  13. 'they varnished over their vices, and exaggerated their merit'
  14. 'John Fahey tried to varnish over the problems by citing family and work commitments as the reason for the poor turnout at a recent training session.'
((n.) 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.|--|(n.) That which resembles varnish, either naturally or artificially; a glossy appearance.|--|(n.) An artificial covering to give a fair appearance to any act or conduct; outside show; gloss.|--|(n.) 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.|--|(n.) 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.|--|)


1. a preparation consisting of resinous matter, as copal or lac, dissolved in an oil (oil varnish) or in alcohol (spirit varnish) or other volatile liquid. When applied to the surface of wood, metal, etc., it dries and leaves a hard, more or less glossy, usually transparent coating.

2. the sap of certain trees, used for the same purpose (natural varnish)

3. any of various other preparations similarly used, as one having India rubber, pyroxylin, or asphalt as its chief constituent.

4. a coating or surface of varnish.

5. something resembling or suggesting a coat of varnish; gloss.

6. superficial polish or external show, especially to conceal some defect or inadequacy: The play has a varnish of witty dialogue.

7. British. nail polish. verb (used with object)

8. to apply varnish to; coat or cover with varnish.

9. to give a glossy appearance to. 10. to give an improved appearance to; adorn. 1

1. to give a superficially pleasing appearance to, especially in order to deceive: to varnish the truth.


"There can be varnish removers."
"There can be varnish strippers."
"There can be varnish producers."
"There can be varnish paints."
"There can be varnish coatings."
"There can be varnish brushes."
"There can be varnish vats."
"There can be varnish sumachs."
"There can be varnish outs."
"There can be varnish finishes."
"varnishes can be on surfaces."
"varnishes can be into grounds."
"varnishes can be from people/places/organizations."
"varnishes can be with oils."
"varnishes can be with brushes."
"varnishes can be to rungs."
"varnishes can be to offices."
"varnishes can be to churches."
"varnishes can be over holes."
"varnishes can be on visuals."
"varnishes can stain alls in people."
"varnishes can varnish in people."
"varnishes can stain in people."
"varnishes can soak into grains."
"varnishes can dry to glosses."
"varnishes can dry on toes."
"varnishes can dry in minutes."
"varnishes can dry by thens."
"varnishes can dry by polymerisations."
"varnishes can dry by evaporations."
"varnishes can apply to hallways."

Middle English: from Old French vernis, from medieval Latin veronix ‘fragrant resin, sandarac’ or medieval Greek berenikē, probably from Berenice, a town in Cyrenaica.

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