Japan definition

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A black enamel or lacquer used to produce a durable glossy finish.
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A liquid mixture used as a paint drier.
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Objects decorated and lacquered in the Japanese style.
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(place) Island country in the Pacific, off the E coast of Asia, including Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku, & many smaller islands: 145,883 sq mi (377,835 sq km); cap. Tokyo.
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(place) Arm of the Pacific, between Japan & E Asia: 391,100 sq mi (1,012,945 sq km)
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An object decorated with this substance.
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To decorate with a black enamel or lacquer.
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The definition of japan is to add a dark, smooth and hard gloss to a metal object.

An example of japan is varnishing a metal box with a black shiny coating.

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Japan means a hard smooth and glossy black coating.

An example of japan is the enamel like coating used to make metal surfaces black and shiny.

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A hard black enamel varnish containing asphalt.
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Lacquer ware.
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To varnish with japan.
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An island nation in the Pacific Ocean, located to the east of China, Korea and Russia.
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To coat with a glossy finish.
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A lacquer or varnish giving a hard, glossy finish.
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To varnish or lacquer with or as with japan.
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A country consisting of an archipelago off the eastern coast of Asia. The islands' indigenous culture was largely supplanted after c. 600 bc by settlers from the mainland, who adopted an imperial system of government modeled on China's. After a long period (12th–19th century) of domination by a series of shoguns, feudalism was abolished on the restoration of the emperor Mutsuhito (1868) and the country was opened to trade with the West. Japan's industrialization and expansionism led to a series of wars, culminating in its defeat (1945) in World War II. After the war Japan's economy was rebuilt with American assistance, developing an industrial sector centered around automobiles and electronics. Tokyo is the capital and the largest city.
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Japan is defined as an Asian island country located off the Eastern coast of Asia.

An example of Japan is where Tokyo is located.

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Origin of japan

  • After Japan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Although the earliest form of "Japan" in Europe was Marco Polo's "Chipangu", the first recorded form in English was in a letter dated February 19, 1565 (published 1577), spelt “Giapan”. “Of the Ilande of Giapan”, by Luīs Fróis (a Portuguese Jesuit missionary in Japan), published in Richard Willes, “The History of Travayle in the West and East Indies” (London 1577), cited in “Travel Narratives from the Age of Discovery”, by Peter C. Mancall, pp. 156–57.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Dutch Japan or Portuguese Japão, from Malay Jepang, from Sinitic 日本 (Middle Chinese nyit-pwón < Old Chinese *nit-pˁənʔ) (compare Cantonese Yat6-bun2 日本, Korean Ilbon 일본, Japanese Nippon にっぽん, Mandarin Rìběn 日本, Vietnamese Nhật Bản).

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  • From Japan, due to this varnishing process being an imitation of oriental (East Asian) processes.

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