v. make shiny by rubbing; polish
I burnish the brass fixtures until they reflect the lamplight.
Sentence in Classic:
Yet, in saying this, I do but indirectly burnish a little brighter the noble merit of the poem and the poet.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville Context
It seemed really to the little maiden as though she were sitting before a large iron stove, with burnished brass feet and a brass ornament at top.
Andersen's Fairy Tales By Hans Christian Andersen Context
He had come dripping wet from some pool in the valleys, and as he flew the edges and lining of his wings, his thighs and his breast were so caught by the bright sunbeams that he appeared as if formed of burnished silver.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy Context
It was a rather curious one of Moorish workmanship, made of dull silver inlaid with arabesques of burnished steel, and studded with coarse turquoises.
The Picture of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde Context
The entire array, moreover, clad in burnished steel, and with plumage nodding over their bright morions, had a brilliancy of effect which no modern display can aspire to equal.
The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne Context
I removed the habit, and there shone forth beneath a grand plaid silk frock, white trousers, and burnished shoes; and, while her eyes sparkled joyfully when the dogs came bounding up to welcome her, she dared hardly touch them lest they should fawn upon her splendid garments.
Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte Context