bur•nishPronunciation: (bûr'nish), [key]
to polish (a surface) by friction.
to make smooth and bright.
to flatten and enlarge the dots of (a halftone) by rubbing with a tool.
gloss; brightness; luster: the burnish of brass andirons.
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