Definition of French polish

1. Noun. The glaze produced by repeated applications of French polish shellac.

Generic synonyms: Burnish, Gloss, Glossiness, Polish

2. Noun. A varnish for wood consisting of shellac dissolved in alcohol.
Exact synonyms: French Polish Shellac
Generic synonyms: Shellac, Shellac Varnish

Definition of French polish

1. Noun. A type of varnish, consisting of shellac dissolved in methylated spirits, used to polish wood. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of French Polish

French maid
French maids
French marigold
French omelet
French onion soup
French onion soups
French pancake
French paradox
French parfait
French parfaits
French partridge
French pastry
French people
French person
French polio
French polish
French pox
French press
French presses
French proof agar
French region
French roof
French rye
French scale
French sorrel
French spinach
French stick
French sticks
French teacher
French telephone

Literary usage of French polish

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Painter, Gilder, and Varnisher's Companion: Containing Rules and (1867)
"french polish. There is a mode of using shell-lác varnish which is sometimes denominated the German, but more commonly the French mode. ..."

2. London labour and the London poor: Cyclopædia of the Condition and Earnings by Henry Mayhew (1861)
"THE greater part of the french polish vended in the streets is bought at oil and ... There are now Ave and sometimes six men selling french polish in the ..."

3. The Practical Brass and Iron Founder's Guide: A Treatise on Brass Founding by James Larkin (1892)
"Digest at a gentle heat in a close vessel until dissolved, then strain. french polish. DISSOLVE one part of gum-mastic, and one part of ..."

4. Wood Finishing: Comprising Staining, Varnishing, & Polishing with Engravings edited by Paul Nooncree Hasluck (1908)
"SPIRIT ENAMELLING WITH FRENCH-POLISH FINISH. IN this short chapter is explained how to produce white and coloured enamels to be finished in the manner of ..."

5. A Manual of Domestic Economy: Suited to Families Spending from £100 to £1000 by John Henry Walsh (1856)
"On. POLISH is recommended by some to be used for the tope of dining-tables, where the hot dishes and plates arc apt to mark the french polish without the ..."

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