Definition of veneer in English:
1A thin decorative covering of fine wood applied to a coarser wood or other material.
- Much of today's furniture is made with a thin wood veneer over a core of particleboard, and this material also will rapidly absorb water.
- Then, make your pencil lines and cut on the back of the panel to avoid splintering the veneer with your circular saw.
- With a new blade in a utility knife, score the veneer front then back, flush with the stile on all edges; and bend it to complete the cut.
1.1A layer of wood used to make plywood.
- Some 874 cubic meters of the confiscated logs were meranti, a mahogany-like wood usually used for plywood and veneer.
- Wood does make an appearance, though, as both exterior cladding and interior veneer, all in the same rich teak harvested from western China.
1.2 [in singular] An attractive appearance that covers or disguises someone or something’s true nature or feelings: her veneer of composure cracked a little
More example sentences
- This story has taken on the image and the veneer of a fable and we are simply following the fable to its logical conclusion.
- Think about the thin veneer of civilization for a moment, and ask yourself how you would respond to chaos.
- Then the vocals kick in, stripping the veneer of respectability and reminding anyone who they are listening to.
verb[with object] (usually as adjective veneered) Back to top
1Cover (something) with a decorative layer of fine wood.
- Hardwood veneered plywood, however, takes laser engraving very well.
- The interior features a considerable amount of hardwood and veneered plywood for a very yacht-like look.
- Part 2 covers veneering the face frames and other work on the cases (cabinets).
1.1Cover or disguise (someone or something’s true nature) with an attractive appearance.
- Small talk and precious jokes veneer the sea of anxiety and anticipation that grips Dix - just one example of his ‘nervous’ energy.
- Whilst others try to veneer or pepper their works with Californian melodies, The Forest are purists and for that, much more original than their peers.
- His inspirations are the slickly veneered melodramas of the 1950s and '60s.