Polish
Polish Pol"ish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Polished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Polishing}.] [F. polir, L. polire. Cf. {Polite}, {-ish}] 1. To make smooth and glossy, usually by friction; to burnish; to overspread with luster; as, to polish glass, marble, metals, etc. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, to refine; to wear off the rudeness, coarseness, or rusticity of; to make elegant and polite; as, to polish life or manners. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{To polish off}, to finish completely, as an adversary. [Slang] --W. H. Russell. [1913 Webster]


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  • polish — [päl′ish] vt. [ME polischen < inflected stem of OFr polir < L polire, to polish, prob. < IE base * pel , to drive, impel > FELT1] 1. a) to smooth and brighten, as by rubbing b) to coat with polish, wax, etc. and make bright or glossy… …   English World dictionary

  • polish — [n1] shine, brightness brilliance, burnish, finish, glaze, glint, gloss, luster, sheen, smoothness, sparkle, varnish, veneer, wax; concepts 492,611,620 Ant. dullness polish [n2] cultivated look, performance breeding, class, cultivation, culture,… …   New thesaurus

  • Polish — Pol ish, n. 1. A smooth, glossy surface, usually produced by friction; a gloss or luster. [1913 Webster] Another prism of clearer glass and better polish. Sir I. Newton. [1913 Webster] 2. Anything used to produce a gloss. [1913 Webster] 3. Fig.:… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • polish — ► VERB 1) make smooth and shiny by rubbing. 2) improve or refine. 3) (polish off) finish or consume quickly. ► NOUN 1) a substance used to make something smooth and shiny when rubbed in. 2) an act of polishing …   English terms dictionary

  • Polish — Pol ish, v. i. To become smooth, as from friction; to receive a gloss; to take a smooth and glossy surface; as, steel polishes well. Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Polish — Pol ish, a. [From {Pole} a Polander.] Of or pertaining to Poland or its inhabitants. n. The language of the Poles. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • polish — polish. См. шлифовка. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • polish — index amend, complete, cultivate, decorum, discretion (quality of being discreet), edit, embellish, enhance, meliorate …   Law dictionary

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