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Definitionpolish and make shiny — especially metal
or more generally: to improve something — especially the impression that something makes
- There was a steel head-piece, a cuirass, a gorget and greaves, with a pair of gauntlets and a sword hanging beneath; all, and especially the helmet and breastplate, so highly burnished as to glow with white radiance, and scatter an illumination everywhere about upon the floor.Chapter 7 -- The Governor's Hall (77% in)
- 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.Chapter 22 -- The Procession (11% in)
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