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verb as in add a layer to; embellish

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Coffins, which are made of different types of steel and wood that are treated with varnishes, release zinc, aluminum, and copper that could corrode and seep into soils via cemetery leachate.

Celebrities like Pete Davidson and Machine Gun Kelly have donned nail varnish, while Tyler, the Creator and TikToker LilHuddy have developed their own polish and nail art products.

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She described scraping a varnish of roach dung from the walls before scrubbing them.

They are equally good at preparing a smooth, scratch-free surface for the application of varnish or other finishes.

Conservators typically start by cleaning off old varnish, selectively removing it where it makes sense to lighten the colors behind it, replacing the smallest amounts they can get away with.

Christie spoke passionately about his late mother, who “spoke the truth bluntly, directly, and without much varnish.”

The varnish of a beautiful amber colour, and there are a few instances of fine red.

The varnish is of first quality, and his violins are yearly becoming more valuable and of greater importance.

Another is quite equal, more highly finished and has his splendid red varnish.

Neither the model, the wood, nor the varnish possesses much verisimilitude at different periods of his career.

He also occasionally, but much more seldom, used red coloured varnish.


On this page you'll find 44 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to varnish, such as: gild, lacquer, adorn, coat, cover, and decorate.

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