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burnish
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
polish and make shiny — especially metal

or more generally:  to improve something — especially the impression that something makes
  • Yet, in saying this, I do but indirectly burnish a little brighter the noble merit of the poem and the poet.
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (73% in)
  • 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.
    Chapters 58-60 -- Brit; Squid; The Line (33% in)

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