burnishin a sentence
burnished = polished
- burnish her reputation
My brother's face was swollen and burnished as a new penny.
burnished = shiny
the old man leaned over the stern and lifted the burnished gold fish with its purple spots over the stem.
burnished = shiny and smooth looking
- Riddle's burnished gold shield was tucked away in a corner cabinet.† (source)
- I sensed her weakness and spent most of class Coming up with creative ways to burnish my status as class clown.† (source)
- There were little elegant side tables everywhere, their burnished surfaces covered with ornamental boxes.† (source)
- They were Bombay's "B" efforts at best, commercial failures and quite a few famous flops, burnished again by the dim light of nostalgia.† (source)
- The burnished disks glimmered in the setting sun as it sifted through the cupola.† (source)
- I stood at the window to admire the sunlight slanting over the golf course, and burnishing the bare trees on the distant hills.† (source)
- Out of habit he looks at his watch — stainless-steel case, burnished aluminum band, still shiny although it no longer works.† (source)
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- A kitten the color of burnished gold poked its head out of the top of the case.† (source)
- Buckley and Holiday were romping from one large pile of burnished oak leaves to another in an increasingly hyper game of tag.† (source)
- There was a gleam of rubbed wood and burnished pewter.† (source)
- One egg was a deep green, with burnished bronze flecks that came and went depending on how Dany turned it.† (source)
- The commandant was a small, handsome man, so clean-shaven his face seemed burnished.† (source)
- Though it was never quite night there, or exactly day, still the glow of lamplight against burnished oak gave off an air of conviviality and safety like a private club.† (source)
- The hilt was wrapped in silver wire, burnished until it gleamed like starlight.† (source)
- The sky was a pale yellow with burnished copper streaks which may have been clouds.† (source)
- The first time she'd gone home transparent had been revelatory and had burnished Mae's faith in humanity.† (source)
- The lights from the gas station burnished his sleek black hairdo.† (source)
- One was a tall boy of about thirteen, his skin burnished bronze and his cornrows woven like DNA helixes.† (source)
- At the exit of White Columns sits a black car, curled up like a panther, a burnished steel lens reflecting the loglo of Oahu Road.† (source)
- Everything seemed to be in season, sprayed, burnished, bright.† (source)
- Carelessly, over those burnished chocolate ridges.† (source)
- It's a glorious evening, warm but not too close, the sun starting its lazy descent, shadows lengthening and the light just beginning to burnish the trees with gold.† (source)
- In fact, the light the sword reflected was dull, burnished, and ages old.† (source)
- Beneath these talismans, white linen shone around the burnished reflections of the Atreides silver, which had been placed in precise arrangements along the great table—little archipelagos of service waiting beside crystal glasses, each setting squared off before a heavy wooden chair.† (source)
- Inside, we found the burnished oak casket standing off to one side of the foyer.† (source)
- The women were tanned to the consistency of the Gucci leather bags they favored, their burnished skin set off by hair dyed alarming shades of silver and platinum.† (source)
- White men had their fantasies of a passionate Japan—girls of burnished skin and willowy long legs going barefoot in the wet heat of rice paddies—and this distorted their sex drives.† (source)
- Her husband is an executive at the Parrish branch of the Bank of America; her son and daughter are certified members of the Southern California Sun 'n Fun Crowd, burnished-brown beach creatures.† (source)
- Each letter echoed and reaffirmed my love for Ruth, burnished by our long years together.† (source)
- Through its window I can see burnished wood and intricate light fixtures.† (source)
- For the old man that foot was an investment, an heir-loom he cherished and burnished, until half of it had to be amputated because the infection was so bad.† (source)
- When it's my turn at the graveside, the dirt slips through my fingers onto Pippa's burnished coffin, where it makes the lightest of sounds.† (source)
- Its beak shone like burnished gold, and its eyes glinted like jet set in yellow stones; its huge white wings were half lifted.† (source)
- Slowly the hunger in me subsided, obeyed, but my head throbbed and the flames of the candles seemed to merge in burnished circles of light.† (source)
- In April a livelier iris gleamed upon the burnished dove.† (source)
- For one, the white guys are more physical and affectionate toward one another than he's used to seeing among the black kids from high school, who were so wrapped up with burnishing their hard exteriors.† (source)
- Huge stalactites, their surfaces as burnished as gems, hung down from a ridged, stony ceiling high above.† (source)
- I had mixed some red ink gleaned from a Skittle with a dab of toothpaste in the lid of a juice bottle, and coffee with a bit of water in a second lid, and then I'd combined them to get just the right shade of his skin-a burnished, deep molasses.† (source)
- He pushed a hidden button and the wood paneling slid away to reveal a burnished metal console.† (source)
- Brendan Patrick Pierre Prefontaine, carrying his suitcase of burnished leather, walked out into the terminal of Blackburne Airport a bewildered man.† (source)
- There is more burnish, however, on the outside than sterling silver in substance.† (source)
- Mrs. Hancock and her daughters-in-law wearily followed behind their husbands, tying up the last of the loose stalks into sheaves burnished by the sunlight.† (source)
- Mercy's eyes twitched behind her smooth lids as she struggled to burnish her memory.† (source)
- Several burnished pans, too big to go in the cupboards, hung against them.† (source)
- His lack of coat, top hat, scarf, or gloves is an intentional ploy to burnish his athletic image.† (source)
- He was a proud, fearsome-looking demon, resplendent in burnished mail that shone like coppery scales.† (source)
- Boyle kept the reins firm in his hand, and his eyes, a burnished gold with hints of green, direct on Iona.† (source)
- She loosened the waist knot of the blouse so that it came open and fell, and then she was wholly naked before the window, coolly burnished, smooth.† (source)
- He wore a short, burnished one himself.† (source)
- Whatever she does or says is burnished with an almost vaudevillian touch.† (source)
- He was burnished, his face shaved so close that its darkness had a shine like polished wood.† (source)
- Frozen rime lusters the grass; the sun, round as an orange and orange as hot-weather moons, balances on the horizon, burnishes the silvered winter woods.† (source)
- Nor can your submissive features Ever be burnished off.† (source)
- He held it up squarely, a small dark hand still burnished with the grease of America, as the little lost man drew near and bent his face over it, standing in Mama's way.† (source)
- They came to a large burnished silver door, and the silver key opened it.† (source)
Standing beside its burnished bronze doors,
burnished = polished and shiny
- His body was like chrysolite, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and his voice like the sound of a multitude. (source)
- Yet, in saying this, I do but indirectly burnish a little brighter the noble merit of the poem and the poet. (source)
- They held burnished mattocks and wore gem-encrusted belts.† (source)
- I flexed my hands anxiously as I looked over at the burnished metal canister.† (source)
- He brought it over to her and ran the burnished blade across her cheek.† (source)
- The burnished metal canister tumbled down.† (source)
- He loved her skin; it was soft and unlined, burnished in its coat of oil.† (source)
- A coppersmith had fashioned her a suit of burnished rings to wear to war.† (source)
- At the mouth of the inlet, the massive shape of the turtle's shell glinted like a burnished coin.† (source)
- The night felt refreshing, the breeze lifting her hair and burnishing her skin.† (source)
- The light laid them in burnished vectors.† (source)
- Beneath it was the long mail shirt, burnished and oiled until the steel gleamed brilliantly.† (source)
- The lobby was bright, burnished, air-conditioned, the floors a blond wood.† (source)
- It was as if the entire world had been transformed into a sculpture of burnished metal.† (source)
- The walls brightened, burnished to a red glow by the open fires and oppressive heat of a smithy.† (source)
- They faced east, where a molten glow crept into the sky and burnished the prairie amber.† (source)
- Down at floor level, three concentric circles of burnished wood desks radiated out from the massive octagonal circulation desk.† (source)
- Every surface now shone; Copper pots and pans had been burnished to a rosy glow; the wooden tabletop gleamed; the goblets and plates already laid for dinner glinted in the light from a merrily blazing fire, on which a cauldron was simmering.† (source)
- There would be burnished, stick-legged Thoroughbreds, their jockeys in billowing bright silks, careering past.† (source)
- Ser Addam dropped to one knee, a rangy man with dark copper hair that fell to his shoulders, armored in burnished bronzed steel with the fiery tree of his House etched black on his breastplate.† (source)
- His body was like chrysolite, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze.† (source)
- But there was no persuading tallness out of heat-addled air and that horizon—no bloom or gently shaken thing to mark the passage of a breeze …. only dunes and that distant cliff beneath a sky of burnished silver-blue.† (source)
- Though the darkness had swallowed her whole, her burnished image was still imprinted on his retinas; it obscured his vision, brightening when he lowered his eyelids, disorienting him.† (source)
- His rondels were golden sunbursts, all his fastenings were gilded, and the red steel was burnished to such a high sheen that it shone like fire in the light of the rising sun.† (source)
- Burnished steel hauberks hung to their knees, and thick roundshields, stamped with the crests of their clan, rested on their left arms.† (source)
- On the counter was arranged a series of objects—among them a syringe, a vial of dark liquid …. and a large knife with a bone handle and a blade hewn of iron burnished to an unusually high shine.† (source)
- The edges were sealed without any bulky welds, and the metal had a dull, burnished look that made me guess it was more than simple steel.† (source)
- Despite the fact that I knew it was no more dangerous than a stone saw or the sintering wheel, I found the burnished metal container unnerving.† (source)
- Her hair was not the orange or strawberry color of com-mon red-haired men, but a deep burnished copper that shone in the light of the torches.† (source)
- Look at the lean sleek geometry and gunmetal surfaces, the draped mirrors and long chandeliers, it was an art deco palace, burnished steel and chrome, a sense of machine-age completion, and fairly refined in tone except for the mural.† (source)
- Thousands of dwarf warriors clad in burnished mail armor stood at attention in two large blocks before the throne, as well as in double rows along either side of the eastern hallway all the way to Tronjheim's eastern gate, a mile away.† (source)
- Their armor was heavily enameled and inlaid with burnished copper, shining silver, and soft red gold.† (source)
- We drove over two different bridges crossing a winding creek, past four different gardens, then through a second set of gates before coming to the main house, which looked like a postmodern version of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland—white-and-gray slab walls jutting out at strange angles, slender towers like organ pipes, huge plate glass windows, and a burnished steel front door so large it probably had to be opened by chain-pulling trolls.† (source)
- 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.† (source)
- Her blond hair caught the late afternoon light like burnished gold, and her blue eyes were electric even at a distance.† (source)
- …to me as somehow off, not at all wrong or terrible but perhaps improbable; and I feel, too, suddenly overwhelmed with the wide flows of information that have come to me today, the flash flood after the rains, and perhaps naturally I imagine good Anne Hickey again, though more clearly now, in her white turtleneck and leaf-colored sweater, greeting me on a wondrous autumn afternoon in front of the beveled glass door of my shop, her hair and eyes aglow in the lovely, burnishing light.† (source)
- In silver inlay on the breastplate of his burnished scarlet armor was a white tree bare and dead, surrounded by a flock of onyx ravens taking flight.† (source)
- He looked like some rumpled, sleepy warrior prince with his mass of waving hair, a burnished brown that spilled around a face as elegantly boned as his sister's.† (source)
- The earth was never more universally covered with snow, and the rain had frozen upon a crust on the surface which shone with the brightness of burnished silver.† (source)
- 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.† (source)
- It has been argued that Camelot was a myth concocted by Jackie Kennedy to burnish her husband's legacy.† (source)
- Sansa had never seen such armor; all burnished red steel, inlaid with golden scrollwork and ornamentation.† (source)
- He couldn't find her again in the Allied officers' night club that evening or in the sweltering, burnished, hedonistic bedlam of the black-market restaurant with its vast bobbing wooden trays of elegant food and its chirping flock of bright and lovely girls.† (source)
- It was monotonous but satisfying work as he burnished each smooth, curved section to a natural gleam until the oil saturated its surface and it began to emit a phosphorescent glow.† (source)
- I just sit quietly in the glove-leather seat and watch as the traffic light turns from red to green, and she lets up on the clutch to sling us forward off the line, and we are running, following Route 3A again as the stores and filling stations and kiosks gradually thin out, the horizon coming visible, the golden, burnished woods rushing back, dense and stately in their towering solicitude as we reach the kempt, rolling country of Bedley Run.† (source)
- A movie about Kennedy's old boat, PT-109, is a popular summer hit, further burnishing the president's heroic image.† (source)
- His braid was black and shiny, his skin as dark as burnished copper, his eyes the shape of bitter almonds.† (source)
- When they came out, she came out, dried her shoulders with her own towel and seated herself aloofly in her own spot, her back rigid and a ring of reflected sunlight burnishing her light-blond hair like a halo.† (source)
- JFK has long been aware that revelations about his philandering would ruin not only that carefully burnished image of him as a family man but also his political future.† (source)
- Even their faces looked the same, somehow …. which was passing strange, since one had skin as dark as ebony, while the second was as pale as milk, and the third gleamed like burnished copper.† (source)
- He found himself standing on the threshold of a burnished wood hall without ever being conscious of having gone inside.† (source)
- And then, as swiftly as it struck, it was gone, leaving me half-gasping with my temple pressed against the divided panels of the French patio doors, to gaze outside at the late summer colors gloriously burnished by the majestic, clarified light that should, by most any account, be guide to my life's last sweet dawning.† (source)
- She accepted it with fulsome thanks; it was lovely to behold, and all that burnished copper would flash prettily in the sun, though if actual battle threatened, she would sooner be clad in steel.† (source)
- They sang many songs, yet each was but part of a larger melody that wove an enchantment over the dreamy night, heightening senses, removing inhibitions, and burnishing the revels with fey magic.† (source)
- They were exceedingly beautiful and identical in every respect, except for their hair: one had tresses as black as a forgotten pool, while the other's hair gleamed like burnished silver wire.† (source)
- And he held the bright-burnished vambrace that was upon his arm before her cold tips, and behold! a little mist was laid on it hardly to be seen.† (source)
- There is a huge, burnished metal door, erected by the First, that is heavy as sin, three times the height of a man and half that distance in width.† (source)
- I felt as if I had been clawed, but when I bent toward him, the hand had fallen inert again on the bed, where it looked burnished with hundreds of country suns and today's on top of them all.† (source)
- Sam stood in his battle chariot at the head of the formation, wearing burnished armor and holding a long, gray lance of death.† (source)
- He wore the horns of a bull upon his burnished helm, and in his left hand he held a gleaming trident.† (source)
- With him is one who wears the horns of a bull set upon a burnished helm-his armor shows like aged bronze, but it is not bronze; it is worked about with the forms of many serpents, and it does not seem to burden him as he moves.† (source)
- The shape-shifters drifted across the fields of white, and the sky-walkers fell down like leaves; trumpets sounded over the wastes, and the chariots of the snows thundered forward, light leaping like spears from their burnished sides; cloaks of fur afire, white plumes of massively breathed air trailing above and behind them, golden-gauntleted and sun-eyed, clanking and skidding, rushing and whirling, they came, in bright baldric, wer-mask, fire-scarf, devil-shoe, frost-greaves and…† (source)
- The sky curved over them, a cloudless blue burnished bowl.† (source)
- The street is hard and burnished with the churning of innumerable wheels.† (source)
- The delicate lace, snowy linen, and burnished brass on the altar told of a devoted Altar Guild.† (source)
- The immense heavens of July, the burnished, the shining fathom upon fathom.† (source)
- The tea man had a wonderful pair of scales: two gleaming brass plates which had been rubbed and polished daily for more than twenty-five years until now they were thin and delicate and looked like burnished gold.† (source)
- The scheme fell through, although Five Properties went into it eagerly at first, arriving to present himself brushed and burnished, flaming from his shave up to the Eskimo angle of his eyes, at Kreindl's basement where the meeting was to be.† (source)
- Gleaming ivory crowned the gables above; the double folding doors were radiant with burnished silver.† (source)
- He liked the burnished black head with its neat waves of hair, and her eyes-cool, impersonal and grey.† (source)
- His mad, burnished gaze roved constantly above their heads along the walls as if he were tracing and retracing the line of the moulding beneath the ceiling.† (source)
- Frail, fine-boned, so white of skin that her flaming hair seemed to have drawn all the color from her face into its vital burnished mass, she was nevertheless possessed of exuberant health and untiring energy.† (source)
- Mallinson had called him ugly, but Conway, who had lived in China, thought him a fairly passable specimen, though now, in the burnished circle of match flame, his pallid skin and gaping mouth were not pretty.† (source)
- It had a corrupt odor, brass, as of something rotting away, and yet where the sun struck the burnished metal, it splintered into brilliant yellow light.† (source)
- And he heard the rubbing on a washboard and the splashing suds, smelled again the acrid soap and a voice speaking words that opened like the band's of a burnished silver accordion-Brighter than day … Brighter … Sin melted into light … Uh chug chug, ug chug!† (source)
- Charlotte would burnish up past foolishness, and this might upset her nerves.† (source)
- The men pushed their light boat out on the burnished lake, disappeared beyond the reeds.† (source)
- Below was the valley of the Thames, in which the river lay like a band of burnished steel.† (source)
- The valley lay drenched and bathed, a burnished oval of glittering green.† (source)
- For in the centre of the burnished circle a small black blot was advancing—the Guest House boat.† (source)
- A poplar in the immediate foreground was like an ink stroke on burnished tin.† (source)
- The scales were exceedingly hard and glossy, with all the appearance of burnished gold.† (source)
- He was splendidly sunburnt; even his multitudinous beard had been burnished by the fire of Asia.† (source)
- A big round moon, slowly deepening from her pallid luster into burnished silver, hung over the Haunted Wood; the air was full of sweet summer sounds—sleepy birds twittering, freakish breezes, faraway voices and laughter.† (source)
- It was a rather curious one of Moorish workmanship, made of dull silver inlaid with arabesques of burnished steel, and studded with coarse turquoises.† (source)
- The radiance was already altering, whether through shifting of the moon or of the sand; soon the bright sheaf would be gone, and a circlet, itself to alter, be burnished upon the streaming void.† (source)
- At each clack the rooks left off pecking, and rose and went away on their leisurely wings, burnished like tassets of mail, afterwards wheeling back and regarding him warily, and descending to feed at a more respectful distance.† (source)
- To me he was unweariedly kind, and always glad to see me in the galley, which he kept as clean as a new pin, the dishes hanging up burnished and his parrot in a cage in one corner.† (source)
- …washed clean like porcelain, with housewifely care; while, a little farther again, were others, pressed close together in a floating garden-bed, as though pansies had flown out of a garden like butterflies and were hovering with blue and burnished wings over the transparent shadowiness of this watery border; this skiey border also, for it set beneath the flowers a soil of a colour more precious, more moving than their own; and both in the afternoon, when it sparkled beneath the lilies…† (source)
- He rode on during the gray, lowering, chilly day, and toward evening the clouds broke in the west, and a setting sun shone through the rift, burnishing the desert to red and gold.† (source)
- The group of trees, with their dark leaves shining like burnished metal in the light of the setting sun, were sufficient to mark the house even had Miss Hunter not been standing smiling on the door-step.† (source)
- …arrayed, mounted a prancing war-steed, whose rich trappings almost reached to the ground; his 'uncle,' the Lord Protector Somerset, similarly mounted, took place in his rear; the King's Guard formed in single ranks on either side, clad in burnished armour; after the Protector followed a seemingly interminable procession of resplendent nobles attended by their vassals; after these came the lord mayor and the aldermanic body, in crimson velvet robes, and with their gold chains across…† (source)
- A Game of Chess The Chair she sat in, like a burnished throne, 77 Glowed on the marble, where the glass Held up by standards wrought with fruited vines From which a golden Cupidon peeped out (Another hid his eyes behind his wing) Doubled the flames of sevenbranched candelabra Reflecting light upon the table as The glitter of her jewels rose to meet it, From satin cases poured in rich profusion.† (source)
- The interior was of black and white and crimson tiles, with a sensational ceiling of burnished gold, and a fountain in which a massive nymph forever emptied a scarlet cornucopia.† (source)
- A lieutenant of carabinieri, pressed, burnished, vital, came into the room like three men and the guards jumped to attention.† (source)
- As she gazed the dark fringed line of the north rim turned to burnished gold, and she watched that with fascinated eyes.† (source)
- The huge branches of the pines and hemlocks bent with the weight of the ice they supported, while their summits rose above the swelling tops of the oaks, beeches, and maples, like spires of burnished silver issuing from domes of the same material.† (source)
- 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.† (source)
- It was very clean and neat: the ornamental windows were hung with little white curtains; the floor was spotless; the grate and fire-irons were burnished bright, and the fire burnt clear.† (source)
- Our dainty little craft was made to look her very best; her decks were scrubbed, her brass guns burnished, all lumber* removed and put ashore, and the flag of England hoisted to her peak.† (source)
- 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.† (source)
- Rusty fragments of armour, once brightly burnished, lie rotting on the ground, and are as little distinguishable for his, as are the bones that crumble in the mould!† (source)
- 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.† (source)
- His broad clear brow in sunlight glow'd; On burnish'd hooves his war-horse trode; From underneath his helmet flow'd His coal-black curls as on he rode, As he rode down to Camelot.† (source)
- At times, it seemed as if for every one of the hundred blossoms there was one of these tiniest fowls of the air,—a thumb's bigness of burnished plumage, hovering and vibrating about the bean-poles.† (source)
- Burnishing the horizontal pictures, it broke up against these in delicate lines where there were cracks in the varnish, and from all these great black squares framed in with gold stood out here and there some lighter portion of the painting—a pale brow, two eyes that looked at you, perukes flowing over and powdering red-coated shoulders, or the buckle of a garter above a well-rounded calf.† (source)
- In the midst of the rounding-to, a trumpet was blown brief and shrill, and from the hatchways out poured the marines, all in superb equipment, brazen helms, burnished shields and javelins.† (source)
- Now shall the hard war-helm bedight with the gold Be bereft of its plating; its polishers sleep, They that the battle-mask erewhile should burnish: Likewise the war-byrny, which abode in the battle O'er break of the war-boards the bite of the irons, Crumbles after the warrior; nor may the ring'd byrny After the war-leader fare wide afield 2260 On behalf of the heroes: nor joy of the harp is, No game of the glee-wood; no goodly hawk now Through the hall swingeth; no more the swift horse…† (source)
- Yet, in saying this, I do but indirectly burnish a little brighter the noble merit of the poem and the poet.† (source)
- During this colloquy no portion of Jupiter's person could be seen; but the beetle, which he had suffered to descend, was now visible at the end of the string, and glistened, like a globe of burnished gold, in the last rays of the setting sun, some of which still faintly illumined the eminence upon which we stood.† (source)
- Groceries, toy-shops, drygoods stores, with their immense panes of plate-glass, their gorgeous fixtures, their vast and complete assortments of merchandise, in which fortunes had been invested; and those noble mirrors at the farther end of each establishment, doubling all this wealth by a brightly burnished vista of unrealities!† (source)
- Old dingy flags grew new again, faded gilding was re-burnished, stained rotten canvas looked a snowy white, the very beggars' rags were freshened up, and sentiment quite forgot its charity in its fervent admiration of poverty so picturesque.† (source)
- But one transparent blue morning, when a stillness almost preternatural spread over the sea, however unattended with any stagnant calm; when the long burnished sun-glade on the waters seemed a golden finger laid across them, enjoining some secrecy; when the slippered waves whispered together as they softly ran on; in this profound hush of the visible sphere a strange spectre was seen by Daggoo from the main-mast-head.† (source)
- There was no doubt that Fritz was right, and my fears were once more dispelled; all was neatness and regularity on board; the spotless decks, the burnished steel and brass, and the air of perfect order which pervaded both ship and camp, betokened that authority and discipline there reigned.† (source)
- A band of legionaries fully armed followed next, marching in sturdy indifference, the glory of burnished brass about them the while.† (source)
- 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.† (source)
- His wonder rose to its highest, however, when he became certain that amidst the smoke and dancing sparks he saw the keener sparkling of burnished spear-tips, arguing the presence of Roman soldiers.† (source)
- Emporiums of splendid dresses, the materials brought from every quarter of the world; tempting stores of everything to stimulate and pamper the sated appetite and give new relish to the oft-repeated feast; vessels of burnished gold and silver, wrought into every exquisite form of vase, and dish, and goblet; guns, swords, pistols, and patent engines of destruction; screws and irons for the crooked, clothes for the newly-born, drugs for the sick, coffins for the dead, and churchyards for…† (source)
- Stout bands of burnished bronze reinforced the hubs, otherwise very light; the spokes were sections of ivory tusks, set in with the natural curve outward to perfect the dishing, considered important then as now; bronze tires held the fellies, which were of shining ebony.† (source)
- The brawny limbs of the men; the cadenced motion from right to left of the shields; the sparkle of scales, buckles, and breastplates and helms, all perfectly burnished; the plumes nodding above the tall crests; the sway of ensigns and iron-shod spears; the bold, confident step, exactly timed and measured; the demeanor, so grave, yet so watchful; the machine-like unity of the whole moving mass—made an impression upon Judah, but as something felt rather than seen.† (source)
- Let the reader try to fancy it; let him first look down upon the arena, and see it glistening in its frame of dull-gray granite walls; let him then, in this perfect field, see the chariots, light of wheel, very graceful, and ornate as paint and burnishing can make them—Messala's rich with ivory and gold; let him see the drivers, erect and statuesque, undisturbed by the motion of the cars, their limbs naked, and fresh and ruddy with the healthful polish of the baths—in their right hands…† (source)
- Nearby his glinting arms were lying: a round shield, two lances, and a helmet burnished bright.† (source)
- Akhilleus with wild fury in his heart pulled in upon his chest his beautiful shield— his helmet with four burnished metal ridges nodding above it, and the golden crest Hephaistos locked there tossing in the wind.† (source)
- His back was straight as an alder sapling and his hair shone under the sun like a helmet of burnished metal.† (source)
…words: "Greetings, stranger!
Here in our house you'll find a royal welcome.
Have supper first, then tell us what you need."
He led the way and Pallas Athena followed.
Once in the high-roofed hall, he took her lance
and fixed it firm in a burnished rack against
a sturdy pillar, there where row on row of spears,
embattled Odysseus' spears, stood stacked and waiting.
Then he escorted her to a high, elaborate chair of honor,
over it draped a cloth, and here he placed his…† (source)
…those handsome double doors
rang out now and sprang wide before her.
She stepped onto a plank where chests stood tall,
brimming with clothing scented sweet with cedar.
Reaching, tiptoe, lifting the bow down off its peg,
still secure in the burnished case that held it,
down she sank, laying the case across her knees,
and dissolved in tears with a high thin wail
as she drew her husband's weapon from its sheath ….
Then, having wept and sobbed to her heart's content,
off she went…† (source)
…wind that sped me home,
home to the native land I love.
my boy, stay on in my palace now with me,
at least till ten or a dozen days have passed.
Then I'll give you a princely send-off—shining gifts,
three stallions and a chariot burnished bright—
and I'll add a gorgeous cup so you can pour
libations out to the deathless gods on high
and remember Menelaus all your days."
summoning up his newfound tact, replied,
"Please, Menelaus, don't keep me quite so…† (source)
…best of women, gave the maids their orders:
"Quick now, look alive, sweep out the house,
wet down the floors!
You, those purple coverlets,
fling them over the fancy chairs!
All those tables,
sponge them down—scour the winebowls, burnished cups!
The rest—now off you go to the spring and fetch some water,
fast as your legs can run!
Our young gallants won't be long from the palace,
they'll be bright and early—today's a public feast."
They hung on her words and ran to do…† (source)
Question no one."
He strapped his burnished armor round his shoulders,
roused Telemachus, the cowherd and the swineherd,
and told them to take up weapons honed for battle.
They snapped to commands, harnessed up in bronze,
opened the doors and strode out, Odysseus in the lead.
By now the daylight covered the land, but Pallas,
shrouding them all in darkness,
quickly led the four men out of town.† (source)
…let the housekeeper give our guest his supper,
unstinting with her stores."
Alcinous, poised in all his majesty, took the hand
of the seasoned, worldly-wise Odysseus, raised him up
from the hearth and sat him down in a burnished chair,
displacing his own son, the courtly Lord Laodamas
who had sat beside him, the son he loved the most.
A maid brought water soon in a graceful golden pitcher
and over a silver basin tipped it out
so the guest might rinse his…† (source)
He's our man, I'd say."
And even as they conspired, back the goatherd
climbed to the room to fetch more burnished arms,
but Eumaeus spotted him, quickly told his king
who stood close by: "Odysseus, wily captain,
there he goes again, the infernal nuisance—
just as we suspected—back to the storeroom.
Give me a clear command!
Do I kill the man—if I can take him down—
or drag him back to you, here, to pay in full
for the vicious work he's plotted in your house?"
Odysseus, master…† (source)
Up they sprang and strapped themselves in armor,
the three men with Odysseus, Dolius' six sons
and Dolius and Laertes clapped on armor too,
gray as they were, but they would fight if forced.
Once they had all harnessed up in burnished bronze
they opened the doors and strode out, Odysseus in the lead.
And now, taking the build and voice of Mentor,
Zeus's daughter Athena marched right in.
The good soldier Odysseus thrilled to see her,
turned to his son and said in…† (source)
They ran for armor
and once they'd harnessed up in burnished bronze
they grouped in ranks before the terraced city.
Eupithes led them on in their foolish, mad campaign,
certain he would avenge the slaughter of his son
but the father was not destined to return—
he'd meet his death in battle then and there.
Athena at this point made appeals to Zeus:
"Father, son of Cronus, our high and mighty king,
now let me ask you a question ….
tell me the secrets hidden in your…† (source)
…slaughter on that crew,
you send the gifts to my house—we'll share the joy."
Their plans made, he led the wayworn stranger home
and once they reached the well-constructed palace,
spreading out their cloaks on a chair or bench,
into the burnished tubs they climbed and bathed.
When women had washed them, rubbed them down with oil
and drawn warm fleece and shirts around their shoulders,
out of the baths they stepped and sat on high-backed chairs.
A maid brought water soon in a…† (source)
…clear bright air can ever bathe its crown,
not even in summer's heat or harvest-time.
No man on earth could scale it, mount its crest,
not even with twenty hands and twenty feet for climbing,
the rock's so smooth, like dressed and burnished stone.
And halfway up that cfiffside stands a fog-bound cavern
gaping west toward Erebus, realm of death and darkness—
past it, great Odysseus, you should steer your ship.
No rugged young archer could hit that yawning cave
with a winged…† (source)
…like Odysseus ….
to the life!"
"Old woman," wily Odysseus countered,
"that's what they all say who've seen us both.
We bear a striking resemblance to each other,
as you have had the wit to say yourself."
The old woman took up a burnished basin
she used for washing feet and poured in bowls
of fresh cold water before she stirred in hot.
Odysseus, sitting full in the firelight, suddenly
swerved round to the dark, gripped by a quick misgiving—
soon as she touched him…† (source)
I'll kill the prince myself and spur on all the rest.
If the gods are against it, then I say hold back!"
So Amphinomus urged, and won them over.
They rose at once, returned to Odysseus' palace,
entered and took their seats on burnished chairs.
But now an inspiration took the discreet Penelope
to face her suitors, brutal, reckless men.
The queen had heard it all ….
how they plotted inside the house to kill her son.
The herald Medon told her—he'd overheard their…† (source)
…marveled up and down the house of the warlord dear to Zeus—
a radiance strong as the moon or rising sun came flooding
through the high-roofed halls of illustrious Menelaus.
Once they'd feasted their eyes with gazing at it all,
into the burnished tubs they climbed and bathed.
When women had washed them, rubbed them down with oil
and drawn warm fleece and shirts around their shoulders,
they took up seats of honor next to Atrides Menelaus.
A maid brought water soon in a graceful…† (source)
…denied me nothing, he went about my passage.
He gave me a sack, the skin of a full-grown ox,
binding inside the winds that howl from every quarter,
for Zeus had made that king the master of all the winds,
with power to calm them down or rouse them as he pleased.
Aeolus stowed the sack inside my holds, lashed so fast
with a burnished silver cord
not even a slight puff could slip past that knot.
Yet he set the West Wind free to blow us on our way
and waft our squadron home.† (source)
we attacked him, blows and insults flying fast,
and he took it all for a time, in his own house,
all the taunts and blows—he had a heart of iron.
But once the will of thundering Zeus had roused his blood,
he and Telemachus bore the burnished weapons off
and stowed them deep in a storeroom, shot the bolts
and he—the soul of cunning—told his wife to set
the great bow and the gleaming iron axes out
before the suitors—all of us doomed now—
to test our skill and bring our…† (source)
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