furbish

  • 1Furbish — Fur bish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Furbished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Furbishing}.] [OE. forbischen, OF. forbir, furbir, fourbir, F. fourbir, fr. OHG. furban to clean. See { ish}.] To rub or scour to brightness; to clean; to burnish; as, to furbish a sword …

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  • 2furbish — index rehabilitate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 3furbish — late 14c. (implied mid 13c. in surname Furbisher), from O.Fr. forbiss , prp. stem of forbir to polish, burnish; mend, repair (12c., Mod.Fr. fourbir), from a Germanic source (Cf. O.H.G. furban to polish ), from PIE root *prep to appear. Related:… …

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  • 4furbish — [v] polish; renovate brighten, buff, burnish, clean, deck out*, fix up, glaze, gloss, gussy up*, improve, recondition, refurbish, rehabilitate, renew, restore, rub, shine, smarten up*, spruce up*; concepts 162,165,700 …

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  • 5furbish — [fʉr′bish] vt. [ME furbishen < extended stem of OFr forbir < WGmc * furbjan, to clean > MHG vürben] 1. to brighten by rubbing or scouring; polish; burnish 2. to make usable or attractive again; renovate: usually with up furbisher n …

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  • 6furbish — furbisher, n. /ferr bish/, v.t. 1. to restore to freshness of appearance or good condition (often fol. by up): to furbish a run down neighborhood; to furbish up one s command of a foreign language. 2. to polish. [1350 1400; ME furbishen < MF&#8230; …

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  • 7furbish — /ˈfɜbɪʃ / (say ferbish) verb (t) 1. Also, furbish up. to restore to freshness of appearance or condition. 2. to remove rust from (armour, weapons, etc.); polish; burnish. {Middle English furbish(en), from Old French forbiss , stem of forbir&#8230; …

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  • 8furbish — Synonyms and related words: adorn, array, beautify, bedeck, bedizen, blazon, brighten up, brush up, buff, burnish, color, dandify, deck, deck out, decorate, dizen, doll up, dress, dress up, embellish, emblazon, embroider, enrich, face lift, fig&#8230; …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 9furbish — verb (T) also furbish up to improve the appearance of, or decorate something old compare refurbish (1) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10Furbish lousewort — [fʉr′bish] n. a rare lousewort (Pedicularis furbishiae) with greenish yellow flowers found in Maine and Canada …

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  • 11Furbish, Catherine — ▪ American botanist byname  Kate Furbish  born May 19, 1834, Exeter, N.H., U.S. died Dec. 6, 1931, Brunswick, Maine       American botanist, who devoted her lifelong energies to documenting and making drawings of the flora of Maine, enriching&#8230; …

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  • 12Furbish lousewort — /ferr bish/. See under lousewort. [1975 80; after Kate Furbish (1834 1931), U.S. botanist, its discoverer] * * * …

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  • 13Furbish lousewort — /ferr bish/. See under lousewort. [1975 80; after Kate Furbish (1834 1931), U.S. botanist, its discoverer] …

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  • 14furbish — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English furbisshen, from Anglo French furbiss , stem of furbir, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German furben to polish Date: 14th century 1. to make lustrous ; polish 2. to give a new look to ; renovate&#8230; …

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  • 15furbish — verb a) To polish or burnish. b) To renovate or recondition …

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  • 16furbish — I (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To restore] Syn. refurbish, improve, renovate; see renew 1 . 2. [To burnish] Syn. polish, clean, brighten; see shine 3 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb 1. To give a gleaming luster to, usually through friction: buff1,&#8230; …

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