Part of speech: verb

To cover, as with varnish; polish; gloss over.

Part of speech: noun

A solution of certain gums or resins; used to produce a shining coat on a surface; superficial polish.

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Usage examples "varnish":

  1. He had a bullet head, with hair so black as to seem more like a thick, shining coat of varnish than hair. - "The Guests Of Hercules", C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson.
  2. A faint odor of varnish testified to the heat of the day that was waning toward a sultry night. - "The Thunder Bird", B. M. Bower.
  3. 2. Spirits of wine and mastic varnish mixed very thin and put on in the same way with a brush. - "Handbook of Embroidery", L. Higgin.