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Definition of Varnish


  1. 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.
  2. That which resembles varnish, either naturally or artificially; a glossy appearance.
  3. An artificial covering to give a fair appearance to any act or conduct; outside show; gloss.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Varnish Translations

varnish in Dutch is verlakken, lakken
varnish in French is vernis
varnish in German is Lacke, Lack
varnish in Italian is vernice
varnish in Portuguese is verniz
varnish in Spanish is charol, barniz
varnish in Swedish is lackera, fernissa, lack