veneer

veneer
   The thin slice of a material — often of a rare and expensive material — applied, generally with an adhesive, but also (and sometimes only) with pins, to a surface of a humbler material. Ebony, rosewood, tulipwood and other exotic woods are more often used as veneers in furniture-making than they are used in a solid form. Most wood veneer is sliced rather than sawn, and taken from a log in a continuously spiraling (voluting) cut, and then flattened. Because of concern that such veneer may be more likely to curl away from its placement, some feel that flatly sawn veneer is preferable. Sawn veneer however, because the saw destroys as much wood as the veneer it produces, is much more expensive. Brass, copper, ivory, mother-of-pearl, pewter, and tortoiseshell can also be used and are often combined with such woods. Semi-precious stones such as lapis lazuli and malachite (also used for inlay) are sometimes employed as a veneer, as are the more showy types of calcite alabaster. Veneering is more easily achieved on a flat surface, but thin slices of wood can be bent, for example into the hollow of a molding. Stone cannot be bent, so its veneering on curved or complex forms is particularly difficult. There are plastic sheet materials also called veneers, many simulating other materials, such as bricks, stone, lap siding, shingles, etc. Also see basket, cladding, intarsia, laminate, marquetry, mosaic, and parquetry.

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  • Veneer — (englisch: Furnier) ist eine hauchdünne, lichtdurchlässige Keramikschale für die Zähne, die mit Spezialkleber auf die Zahnoberfläche  vor allem von Frontzähnen  aufgebracht wird. Die Haftschale besteht aus Keramik (Porzellan). Abgesehen …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Veneer — Ve*neer , n. [Cf. G. furnier or fournier. See {Veneer}, v. 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Veneer — Álbum de José González Publicación 29 de octubre de 2003 (Suecia) 25 de abril de 2004 (Europa) 6 de septiembre de 2005 (Estados Unidos) Género(s) Folk, indie rock Duración 30:50 …   Wikipedia Español

  • veneer — [və nir′] vt. [Ger furnieren, to veneer < Fr fournir, to FURNISH] 1. to cover with a thin layer of more costly material; esp., to cover (wood) with wood of finer quality 2. to give a superficially attractive appearance to 3. to glue together… …   English World dictionary

  • Veneer — Ve*neer , v. 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Veneer — Album par José Gonzalez Sortie 29 octobre 2003 Durée 30:48 Genre Indie, Folk Producteur José Gonzalez …   Wikipédia en Français

  • veneer — 1702, from Ger. Furnier, from furnieren to cover with a veneer, inlay, from Fr. fournir to furnish, accomplish, from M.Fr. fornir to furnish, from a Germanic source (Cf. O.H.G. frumjan to provide; see FURNISH (Cf. furnish)). A word batted back… …   Etymology dictionary

  • veneer — [n] pretense, front appearance, coating, cover, covering, disguise, exterior, facade, face, finish, gloss, guise, layer, leaf, mask, overlay, semblance, show, surface, window dressing*; concepts 633,673,716 Ant. reality veneer [v] cover, overlay… …   New thesaurus

  • veneer — ► NOUN 1) a thin decorative covering of fine wood applied to a coarser wood or other material. 2) an attractive appearance that covers or disguises true nature or feelings. ► VERB (veneered) ▪ covered with a veneer. DERIVATIVES veneering noun …   English terms dictionary

  • veneer — index cover (protection), disguise Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • veneer — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ thin VERB + VENEER ▪ acquire, add ▪ maintain ▪ peel away, peel back …   Collocations dictionary

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