polish

21 ENTRIES FOUND:

1pol·ish

verb \ˈpä-lish\

: to make (something) smooth and shiny by rubbing it

: to improve (something) : to make (something) better than it was before

: to put nail polish on (a fingernail or toenail)

Full Definition of POLISH

transitive verb
1
:  to make smooth and glossy usually by friction :  burnish
2
:  to smooth, soften, or refine in manners or condition
3
:  to bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state :  perfect
intransitive verb
:  to become smooth or glossy by or as if by friction
pol·ish·er noun

Examples of POLISH

  1. He spent the summer polishing his math skills.
  2. <you'll need to polish your shoes with a clean rag before the performance>

Origin of POLISH

Middle English polisshen, from Anglo-French poliss-, stem of polir, from Latin polire
First Known Use: 14th century

2polish

noun

: a substance that is rubbed on a surface to make it smooth and shiny

: a smooth and shiny surface

: good quality or style that comes from practice or effort

Full Definition of POLISH

1
a :  a smooth glossy surface :  luster
b :  freedom from rudeness or coarseness :  culture
c :  a state of high development or refinement
2
:  the action or process of polishing
3
:  a preparation that is used to produce a gloss and often a color for the protection and decoration of a surface <furniture polish> <nail polish>

Examples of POLISH

  1. I need more shoe polish.
  2. Did you use a wax polish on the table or an oil-based one?
  3. The movie has the polish we've come to expect from that director.
  4. He's rude and lacks polish.

First Known Use of POLISH

1679

1Pol·ish

adjective \ˈpō-lish\

Definition of POLISH

:  of, relating to, or characteristic of Poland, the Poles, or Polish

Origin of POLISH

Pole
First Known Use: 1592

Other Language Terms

cognate, collocation, homonym

2Polish

noun

: the language of Poland

the Polish : the people of Poland

Full Definition of POLISH

:  the Slavic language of the Poles

First Known Use of POLISH

1671

Other Language Terms

cognate, collocation, homonym

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