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Definition of polished

1 : subjected to polishing : made smooth and glossy by or as if by polishing a polished surface polished silver
2 : characterized by a high degree of development, finish, or refinement : free from imperfections a polished performance/performer a highly polished piece of writing
3 somewhat old-fashioned : characterized by elegance and refinement a polished gentleman polished society

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Recent Examples on the Web April 13, 2020 Shenault can play an outside receiver position, but his route running isn’t as polished as that of Jeudy, Lamb and some of the other first-round-caliber receivers. Los Angeles Times, "The next ‘Slash’ out of Colorado? Laviska Shenault Jr. eager to be an NFL playmaker," 14 Apr. 2020 There’s a guy, a highly polished machine, a bench crowded with small tools, bobbins, gears, and lubricants. Arthur Longworth, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, April 6–12," 12 Apr. 2020 Giovando believes Millner is very polished and play both in the pocket and outside extending plays with his feet. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Higley junior QB Kai Millner announces California football commitment," 9 Apr. 2020 For instance, cross-hatching retained from the mechanical process tensely interacts with both matte and highly polished portions of a finished sculpture, like in the Janusian meta-portrait (2007). John Zotos, Dallas News, "Barry X Ball puts his own spin on classical sculpture in exhibition at Dallas’ Nasher," 18 Feb. 2020 The headliner is a contrasting silver gray and all the interior window frames are highly polished stainless steel. Vern Parker, Houston Chronicle, "1965 Buick Riviera a terrific road car," 7 Feb. 2020 Lennon’s anguished paean to Ono—a trio of highly polished yet one-dimensional songs that occasionally verge on self-parody. Jonathan Gould, The New Yorker, "When the Beatles Walked Offstage: Fifty Years of “Abbey Road”," 21 Oct. 2019 The contemporary space will feature polished concrete floors and walls, a covered indoor patio and three skylights. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "New event space Ronin Harrisburg to open in East End," 27 Feb. 2020 The drivers, in essence, were playing a NASCAR video game (though one a bit more polished than home users play). Chris Morris, Fortune, "From NBA2K to eNASCAR, are e-sports the new, well, sports?," 9 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of polished

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for polished

Middle English polisshed, from past participle of polisshen to polish

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The first known use of polished was in the 14th century

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17 May 2020

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“Polished.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polished. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of polished

: made smooth and shiny by polishing
: very impressive or skillful
somewhat old-fashioned : very polite : having good manners

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