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Below you will find the definition of patina, followed by 43 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - a fine coating of oxide on the surface of a metal
EXAMPLES - Patina in a Sentence
- The tape was old, brown, shiny with a patina of dirt. (source)
- Their children helped them establish a patina of normalcy. (source)
- He was from Oklahoma, which gave him a kind of Western patina. (source)
- The brown laminate of the table top was dull with a patina of tiny scratches. (source)
- And I think he's using the kind of patina of being a centrist to get that done. (source)
- This is not like working with a Giacometti, where one has a sense of the patina. (source)
- Or are these photographs too current for the patina of time to have beautified them? (source)
- Beneath the patina of dust, I could see the rose embossed upon his wind-scoured armor. (source)
- Oops, I think I said the second cake, I meant the wedding cake with the nasty "patina". (source)
- But as each day passed, his regime was beginning to acquire a certain patina of legitimacy. (source)
- How are you going to rebuild a city with all those components, that kind of patina, if you will? (source)
- The sculpture shows a giant man covered in a green patina sitting with his legs folded beneath him. (source)
- The green patina giant holds a golden, gilt bronze sphere in the palm of his outstretched left hand. (source)
- His straight-tone voice, with an effortless if not otherworldly patina, could have filled two auditoriums. (source)
- Then he or she covered the freshly cut letters with an imitation "patina" made from water and ground chalk. (source)
- They are just angry hateful people who lie to give their screeds a thin patina of respectability -- very thin. (source)
- And with Botox or the ever-popular rhytidectomy, the patina of age can be polished away at least for a brief time. (source)
- The quarters were of no interest, but I noticed a dime that had a strange kind of patina to it and took a closer look. (source)
- Racism forms a patina over our relations as four centuries of unspeakable atrocities are elided from our master narrative. (source)
- And now finding that this "patina" could be easily rubbed off the letters, unmistakably fresh engraving marks could be seen. (source)
- You have been taught that to scratch the surface will shatter the wafer thin patina of the nose-ring Karl leads you around with. (source)
- To create a patina of profitability, Groupon invents a bizarre profit-before-costs measure that excludes online-marketing expenses. (source)
- If they have a patina, that's O.K., says Mr. Roger, explaining that "traces of age" add to their attraction and "looking too new" doesn't. (source)
- To a true collector the crappy look can be the real deal, and sometimes that old funky patina is what people try to fake too. best of luck, (source)
- The once-dreaded idiomatic expression "the long, hot summer" regained a literal patina or shade of meaning during the summer months of 2011. (source)
- Except that Kelley's was a world of make believe gross out juvenilia with a patina of filth thrown in along with the punk guise of Darby Crash. (source)
- Once it's been declared the success it is guaranteed to become with that patina of authenticity, Minot will reveal the whole story to have been a lie. (source)
- "The patina is a protective coating that the copper creates for itself," Rambo said-which isn't to say the metal doesn't need a little TLC now and again. (source)
- The proliferation of SERE techniques was aided by the scientific "patina" afforded by psychology, as stated in the article by Human Rights Watch's John Sifton. (source)
- It's that this is really about the taxpayers having to foot the bill for those children, because it gives it a patina of seriousness that perhaps it doesn't deserve. (source)
- The stone is mostly dark silex, the "hen's liver" of the Brazil, and its surface is kept finely polished, and free from "patina," by the friction of the dust-laden winds. (source)
- The only really strong point the arguers for its authenticity have is the so-called 'patina analysis,' which was measured at an Israeli laboratory and appears homogeneous. (source)
- But for used-car money somebody got a really usable collector car with a great history (it was on the 1952 Glidden Tour) and a "patina" of use that a restoration would only erase. (source)
- SH2: "But is [what's sought] really the" patina "of paper publishing, or the patina of peer-review, and a given publication's prior track record for peer-review quality standards?" (source)
- Joseph Beuys, when asked about what to do, replied that a new sausage would not be a solution because the original was by then 10 years old, and that the "patina" was an essential element of the work. (source)
- A coin-fancier would say that your fifty-year-old facts have just enough of antiquity to spot them with rust, and not enough to give them -- the delicate and durable patina which is time's exquisite enamel. (source)
- One might infer from Professor Plantinga's letter that he accepts evolutionary findings, objecting only to a "patina" of "metaphysical naturalism" that gets superimposed on those findings by militant secularists. (source)
- These officials routinely press residents to hire specialized painters, who mix paint to match a building's existing color, making sure the new patina is both period-specific and complementary to neighboring buildings. (source)
- I would just add that some musicians just like the look of an antique instrument, the "patina" as the dealers call it, but would like the reliability and structural soundness of a new mandolin, covered by manufacturer's warranty. (source)
- This ensemble occupies a unique position: one of the finest in the world yet, less than a decade old, still not widely known and remarkably free of that patina of controversy and tradition which adds allure to other top orchestras. (source)
- The most obvious reference giving marriage the patina of sacredness is found in the creation story in Genesis (2: 24), and later in Matthew 19: 5 and Ephesians 5: 31, all of which state in various ways that Adam and Eve "shall be one flesh." (source)
- Oh yeah, the government that most of these fascists supported broke the economy, a black Democrat became President and FOX News led the way (particularly with Glen Beck) in giving these ignorant violence-prone anarchists the patina of legitimacy, abetted by the GOP and corporate sponsors. (source)
- Past the gilded harp and the bamboo chairs awaiting arrangement, we march upstairs to the East Room, where the patina of history (these are the famous portraits of George and Martha Washington, these are the iconic nineteenth-century chandeliers) has been freshened for the evening with flowers for the tables and arrangements of cacti for the mantles, with the Clinton china and vermeil flatware and tiny gilded eagle place card holders sans cards. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 43 example sentences provided below is 54.0, which suggests that "patina" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 12 synonyms for patina.
buff, furbish, glance, glaze, gloss, luster, put on a finish, rub, sheen, shine, smooth, wax
We have 2 antonyms for patina.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
Pronunciation: (pătˈn-ə, pə-tēˈnə)
View up to 25 definitions of patina from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) A thin greenish layer, usually basic copper sulfate, that forms on copper or copper alloys, such as bronze, as a result of corrosion.
- (noun) The sheen on any surface, produced by age and use.
- (noun) A change in appearance produced by long-standing behavior, practice, or use: a face etched with a patina of fine lines and tiny wrinkles.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) A paten, flat type of dish
- (noun) The color or incrustation which age and wear give to (mainly metallic) objects; especially, the green rust which covers works of art such as ancient bronzes, coins and medals.
- (noun) A green colour, tinted with grey, like that of bronze patina.
- (noun) A gloss or superficial layer.
- (adjective) Of a green colour, tinted with grey, like that of bronze patina.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) A dish or plate of metal or earthenware; a patella.
- (noun) The color or incrustation which age gives to works of art; especially, the green rust which covers ancient bronzes, coins, and medals.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) A bowl; a patella.
- (noun) An incrustation which forms on bronze after a certain amount of exposure to the weather, or after burial beneath the ground.
- (noun) By extension, the surface-texture or -color which other works of decorative art, as a wooden cabinet or the like, gain through the action of time.
- (noun) The surface, produced partly by accretion, partly by discoloration and the effects of acid in the soil, given to marble by long inhumation.
- (noun) [capitalized] [NL.] In conch., a genus of gastropods.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) a fine coating of oxide on the surface of a metal