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Webster 1913 Edition


Veneer

Ve-neer′

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Veneered
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Veneering
.]
[G.
furnieren
,
fourniren
, fr. F.
fournir
to furnish. See
Furnish
.]
To overlay or plate with a thin layer of wood or other material for outer finish or decoration;
as, to
veneer
a piece of furniture with mahogany
. Used also figuratively.
As a rogue in grain
Veneered
with sanctimonious theory.
Tennyson.

Ve-neer′

,
Noun.
[Cf. G.
furnier
or
fournier
. See
Veneer
,
Verb.
T.
]
A thin leaf or layer of a more valuable or beautiful material for overlaying an inferior one, especially such a thin leaf of wood to be glued to a cheaper wood; hence, external show; gloss; false pretense.
Veneer moth
(Zool.)
,
any moth of the genus
Chilo
; – so called because the mottled colors resemble those of veneering.

Webster 1828 Edition


Veneer

VENEE'R

,
Verb.
T.
To inlay; to lay thin slices or leaves of fine wood of different kinds on a ground of common wood.

VENEE'R

,
Noun.
Thin slices of wood for inlaying.

Definition 2023


veneer

veneer

English

Noun

veneer (plural veneers)

  1. A thin decorative covering of fine material (usually wood) applied to coarser wood or other material.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, “Foreword”, in The China Governess:
      A very neat old woman, still in her good outdoor coat and best beehive hat, was sitting at a polished mahogany table on whose surface there were several scored scratches so deep that a triangular piece of the veneer had come cleanly away, [].
  2. An attractive appearance that covers or disguises true nature or feelings.
    • 2014 December 5, "Joy From the World," The New York Times Magazine (retrieved 6 December 2014):
      “Yalda,” Dabashi says, “has managed to survive the centuries because it has been gently recodified with a Muslim veneer.”

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veneer (third-person singular simple present veneers, present participle veneering, simple past and past participle veneered)

  1. (transitive, woodworking) To apply veneer to.
    to veneer a piece of furniture with mahogany
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To disguise with apparent goodness.
    • Tennyson
      As a rogue in grain / Veneered with sanctimonious theory.

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