Veneer is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of veneer, followed by 44 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - coating consisting of a thin layer of superior wood glued to a base of inferior wood
EXAMPLES - Veneer in a Sentence
- They don't have the same kind of veneer, the reflective veneer. (source)
- But that is usually a thin veneer for how completely clueless I really am. (source)
- But today, it seems like that thin veneer of law and order has been stripped away. (source)
- WORTH: A veneer is a thin porcelain sheeth that's bonded to the front of your tooth. (source)
- Critics have called them "sham candidates" designed to create the veneer of democracy. (source)
- Here's another little reminder that behind that oily veneer lies the true heart of Islam. (source)
- Leah Nash for The Wall Street Journal Layers of veneer are glued together to make plywood. (source)
- Each, plains Indian and bourgeois, is smeared with a slightly different veneer, that is all. (source)
- I have come to believe that there is no longer even a thin veneer of civil discourse anymore. (source)
- They rarely draw the conclusion that the veneer is the most important thing about civilization. (source)
- The cloying scent of antiseptic was a thin veneer to the underlying smell of infection and decay. (source)
- The judge said the lawful activities of Shac were a "thin veneer" for its real purpose of intimidation. (source)
- I am happy to let them continue to defend Roman pagan iconography with a paper-thin veneer of Christianity .... (source)
- Weren't all of them, for all their veneer of civilization and intelligence, nothing more than oversized animals? (source)
- I also agree that barbarity is kept in check in modern times by only the thinnest veneer of civilisation. digbydolben (source)
- Basically this is a counting and matching game with a very thin veneer of theme .. but hey, if it gets you there, have fun! (source)
- Sliced into wafer thin veneer, that chunk could easily reap a profit with that piece of wood for the right woodworker (not me). (source)
- Asaki's features were suddenly convulsed with a rage so stark that Dane realized how much a veneer was the painfully built civilization of (source)
- "But, at the same time," he said, "there were broader currents of discrimination that pushed against what I call the veneer of legal equality." (source)
- But it turned out that vacuous speeches on hope and change were not the thin veneer that concealed great complexity but the very substance itself. (source)
- It is a very thin veneer; but so wonderfully is man constituted that he squirms on his bit of achievement and believes he is garbed in armor-plate. (source)
- A veneer is a very thin material that is placed over the tooth either to visually enhance/fix the teeth or in some cases to protect a damaged tooth. (source)
- There seemed to be thin veneer of honey everywhere, and my shoes stuck slightly to the floor when I walked, something I could never have learned from a book. (source)
- Later in her ordeal she has the optimism to keep some chipped veneer from the cellar so she might later help police prove this was the house of the perpetrator. (source)
- There are small mussels, and seaweed all living here on top of this thin veneer - this fragile skin on the surface of this disaster that bleeds with a footprint. (source)
- Symmetric pictures resulting from the growth conditioned graining of the timber can be manufactured by placing several thin wooden sheets (called veneer) together. (source)
- CHRIS: There's a new kind of veneer that I've seen ads for that doesn't require any enamel to be removed from your real teeth before the porcelain veneer is applied. (source)
- What comes down to is this; if you take away Goldwater and Reagan, all you have left is a liberal consensus with a pretty thin veneer of occasional conservative protest. (source)
- As it turned out, beneath the veneer of macroeconomic indicators, there was the day-to-day reality of disproportionate suffering by the vulnerable at the household level. (source)
- Turkey's underlying disease is not so much Islamism or a military gone rogue, but corruption and authoritarianism over which a veneer of voter participation has been painted. (source)
- Despite the lack of academic or professional cred (or perhaps because of it), the folks who promote conspiracy theories go overboard to put a thick veneer of scholarship on their claims. (source)
- It is, with Frenchmen, a kind of veneer, worn even by the most unpretentious in place of whatever may be real in them; and where this outward seeming is absent, they are completely at a loss. (source)
- a body servant or something of the kind, who has picked up the kind of veneer he could catch by aping his master, will furnish food for smiles to every one he comes in contact with during his stay. (source)
- Absolutely not, but if violent racism and homophobia become acceptable topics of reasoned debate then public reason is little more than a thin veneer of manners soon to give way to something much darker. (source)
- As the log revolves the inequalities of its surface of course first come in contact with the keen-edged knife, and disappear in the shape of waste veneer, which is passed to the engine room to be used as fuel. (source)
- Sadly, the Obama Administration got bamboozled by their latest play, which I need not go into except to say that "conservative" gives this enormous block of angry white men a respectable veneer it does not deserve. (source)
- Jacaranda created a special backing for the veneer, which is heat bonded to resin panels on the stage and into the hall, and heat-and-chemical-bonded to panels of dense composition board toward the rear of the hall. (source)
- The condensation inside his goggles froze instantly but for a small patch, through the marmalade veneer of which he could just make out Jan's form retreating along a path cut through the deep snow that wound between the shapes of buildings. (source)
- The little men gradually gather a kind of veneer of good manners, and some of them can behave very much like pocket editions of gentlemen, but the scent of the stable remains, and, whether the jockey is a rogue or passably honest, he remains a stable-boy to the end. (source)
- U.S. industry needs a steady supply of engineers and technicians to keep things humming, but the fact is that those who will really make a difference, who will come up with the products, or ideas, or research results that really mean something are a very thin veneer at the top. (source)
- By explaining the myths and dogmas of Asian Buddhism as cultural trappings relevant only to their own traditions -- and not to a modern, secular practice -- Batchelor challenges modernity to finally strip away the psychedelic veneer and say goodbye to pie-in-the-sky transcendentalism. (source)
- Witness tonight's season six finale: Susan and Mike's yard sale may provide a veneer of normality, but we're also offered a squeamish strangler as midwife and a race-against-time rescue mission involving a bomb and a man whose physical condition is "somewhere between a coma and a nap". (source)
- I used to say that if we could move the first Presidential primary out of Iowa, ethanol might go away, but obviously that understated the appeal of subsidizing the agricultural industry under the thin veneer of environmental policy, as demonstrated by these nutty large subsidies in Europe. (source)
- How can we but wonder what percentage of all the other coverage of healthcare reform is like this - two personal stories put a veneer of a human face giving a false impression of being on the consumer's side, while the actual content promotes policies benefitting wealthy medical interests? references: (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 44 example sentences provided below is 52.0, which suggests that "veneer" 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 19 synonyms for veneer.
appearance, coating, cover, covering, disguise, exterior, facade, face, finish, gloss, guise, layer, leaf, mask, overlay, semblance, show, surface, window dressing
We have 1 antonym for veneer.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of veneer from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) A thin surface layer, as of finely grained wood, glued to a base of inferior material.
- (noun) Any of the thin layers glued together to make plywood.
- (noun) A decorative facing, as of brick.
- (noun) A deceptive, superficial show; a façade: a veneer of friendliness.
- (verb-transitive) To overlay (a surface) with a thin layer of a fine or decorative material.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) A thin decorative covering of fine wood applied to coarser wood or other material.
- (noun) An attractive appearance that covers or disguises true nature or feelings.
- (verb) To apply veneer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (verb-transitive) To overlay or plate with a thin layer of wood or other material for outer finish or decoration. Used also figuratively.
- (noun) 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) To overlay or face, as an inferior wood, with wood of a finer or more beautiful kind, so as to give the whole the appearance of being made of the more valuable material; cover with veneers: as, to veneer a wardrobe or other article of furniture.
- (None) To cover with a thin coating of substance similar to the body, in other materials than wood, as in ceramics.
- (None) Hence To impart a more agreeable appearance to, as to something vicious, worthless, or forbidding; disguise with a superficial attraction; gild.
- (noun) A thin piece of wood of a choice kind laid upon another of a more common sort, so as to give a superior and more valuable appearance to the article so treated, as a piece of furniture.
- (noun) A thin coating covering the body of anything, especially for decorative purposes: used when the material of the outer coating is similar to that of the body, as in ceramics or in paper-manufacturing.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) coating consisting of a thin layer of superior wood glued to a base of inferior wood
- (noun) an ornamental coating to a building
- (verb) cover with veneer