Share this entry
planish Syllabification: plan·ish
Pronunciation: /ˈplaniSH/

Definition of planish in English:


[with object]
Flatten (sheet metal) with a smooth-faced hammer or between rollers.
Example sentences
  • To obtain full strength, the metastable beta alloys are welded in the annealed condition; the weld is cold worked by planishing, and the weldment is then solution treated and aged.
  • Once I got the shape I wanted, I then planished the metal to smooth out the bumps and wrinkles.


Example sentences
  • There are some 230 workers in Work Unit 33, and 210 of them work as polishers and planishers.
  • To date, such planishers have therefore been very heavy machines, basic in design and offering only limited adjustment accuracy.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'make level'): from obsolete French planiss-, lengthened stem of planir 'to smooth', from plain 'smooth, level'.

Definition of planish in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources