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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of luster.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of imparting a luster, as to pottery.
  • n. The brightening of a metal in the crucible when it becomes pure, as in certain refining processes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The process of making lustrous or glossy.
  • n. In metal-working, same as brightening, 1.
  • n. A process for giving to woolen cloth a permanent gloss and smooth surface which will not roughen with wear.
  • n. A treatment of furs to render them smooth.
  • n. A polishing material, as the black polish used for stoves.


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