What does the word varnish mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by 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 by L. Higgin