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veneer (vənēr´), thin leaf of wood applied with glue to a panel or frame of solid wood. The art of veneer developed with early civilization. It produces richly grained effects cheaply and is used also on structural parts that must be cut with the grain for strength. The grain pattern varies with the direction of the cut, woods cut across the grain in general displaying more effective patterns, e.g., burr and oyster walnut, bird's-eye maple. Rosewood, satinwood, maple, walnut, and mahogany are frequently employed for veneers. Hand-cut veneers were 1/10 to 1/8 in. thick; the modern machine-cut sheets are rarely thicker than 1/32 in. Veneering executed in inlaid sheets is known as marquetry. Plywood and beams or planks of compounded woods are developed by a veneering process.

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ve·neer / vəˈni(ə)r/ • n. a thin decorative covering of fine wood applied to a coarser wood or other material. ∎  a layer of wood used to make plywood. ∎  [in sing.] an attractive appearance that covers or disguises someone or something's true nature or feelings: her veneer of composure cracked a little. • v. [tr.] [usu. as adj.] (veneered) cover (something) with a decorative layer of fine wood. ∎  cover or disguise (someone or something's true nature) with an attractive appearance.

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veneer Extremely thin sheet of wood, or a thin sheet of a precious material such as ivory or tortoise-shell, which gives furniture or other objects the appearance of being more valuable than they are. Veneers may also be used as decorative shapes inlaid into a surface.

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veneer cover with a thin coating of finer wood. XVII. Recorded first in the gerund faneering, later fineering, veneering — G. furni(e)rung, fourni(e)rung, vbl. sb. of furniren — (O)F. fournir FURNISH.
So veneer sb. XVIII.

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