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Definitionpolish and make shiny — especially metal
or more generally: to improve something — especially the impression that something makes
- In their hands were tall spears of ash, painted shields were slung at their backs, long swords were at their belts, their burnished skirts of mail hung down upon their knees.3.2 -- Book 3 Chapter 2 -- The Riders of Rohan (46% in)
- Their golden hair was braided on their shoulders the sun was blazoned upon their green shields, their long corslets were burnished bright, and when they rose taller they seemed than mortal men.3.6 -- Book 3 Chapter 6 -- The King of the Golden Hall (22% in)
There are no more uses of "burnish" in The Two Towers.
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