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 for Burnished
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Burnish \Bur"nish\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Burnished; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Burnishing.] [OE. burnischen, burnissen, burnen, OF.
     burnir, brunir, to make brown, polish, F. brunir, fr. F. brun
     brown, fr. OHG. br?n; cf. MHG. briunen to make brown, polish.
     See Brown, a.]
     To cause to shine; to make smooth and bright; to polish;
     specifically, to polish by rubbing with something hard and
     smooth; as, to burnish brass or paper.
     [1913 Webster]
           The frame of burnished steel, that east a glare
           From far, and seemed to thaw the freezing air.
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           Now the village windows blaze,
           Burnished by the setting sun.            --Cunningham.
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     Burnishing machine, a machine for smoothing and polishing
        by compression, as in making paper collars.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbing; reflecting
             a sheen or glow; "bright silver candlesticks"; "a
             burnished brass knocker"; "she brushed her hair until it
             fell in lustrous auburn waves"; "rows of shining
             glasses"; "shiny black patents" [syn: bright,
             burnished, lustrous, shining, shiny]

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