Fin·ish, v. i.
1. To come to an end; to terminate.
His days may finish ere that hapless time. --Shak.
2. To end; to die. [R.]
1. That which finishes, puts an end to░ or perfects.
2. Arch. The joiner work and other finer work required for the completion of a building, especially of the interior. See Inside finish, and Outside finish.
3. Fine Arts (a) The labor required to give final completion to any work; hence, minute detail, careful elaboration, or the like. (b) See Finishing coat, under Finishing.
4. The result of completed labor, as on the surface of an object; manner or style of finishing; as, a rough, dead, or glossy finish given to cloth, stone, metal, etc.
5. Completion; -- opposed to start, or beginning.
Fin·ish v. t. [imp. & p. p. Finished p. pr. & vb. n. Finishing.]
1. To arrive at the end of; to bring to an end; to put an end to; to make an end of; to terminate.
And heroically hath finished
A life heroic. --Milton.
2. To bestow the last required labor upon; to complete; to bestow the utmost possible labor upon; to perfect; to accomplish; to polish.
Syn: -- To end; terminate; close; conclude; complete; accomplish; perfect.
n 1: a decorative texture or appearance of a surface (or the
substance that gives it that appearance); "the boat had
a metallic finish"; "he applied a coat of a clear
finish"; "when the finish is too thin it is difficult to
apply evenly" [syn: coating, finishing]
2: designated event that concludes a contest (especially a
race); "excitement grew as the finish neared"; "my horse
was several lengths behind at the finish"; "the winner is
the team with the most points at the finish"
3: the act of finishing; "his best finish in a major tournament
was third"; "the speaker's finishing was greeted with
applause" [syn: finishing] [ant: beginning]
4: the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey);
"a crowd assembled at the finish"; "he was nearly
exhuasted as their destination came into view" [syn: destination,
5: the temporal end; the concluding time; "the stopping point
of each round was signaled by a bell"; "the market was up
at the finish"; "they were playing better at the close of
the season" [syn: stopping point, finale, finis, last,
6: (wine tasting) the taste of a wine on the back of the tongue
(as it is swallowed); "the wine has a nutty flavor and a
7: event whose occurrence ends something; "his death marked the
ending of an era"; "when these final episodes are
broadcast it will be the finish of the show" [syn: ending,
conclusion] [ant: beginning]
8: the downfall of someone (as of persons on one side of a
conflict); "booze will be the finish of him"; "it was a
fight to the finish"
9: a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or
impeccable quality; "they performed with great polish"; "I
admired the exquisite refinement of his prose"; "almost an
inspiration which gives to all work that finish which is
almost art"--Joseph Conrad [syn: polish, refinement, culture,
v 1: come or bring to a finish or an end; "He finished the
dishes"; "She completed the requirements for her
Master's Degree"; "The fastest runner finished the race
in just over 2 hours; others finished in over 4 hours"
2: finally be or do something; "He ended up marrying his high
school sweetheart"; "he wound up being unemployed and
living at home again" [syn: finish up, land up, fetch
up, end up, wind up]
3: have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense;
either spatial or metaphorical; "the bronchioles terminate
in a capillary bed"; "Your rights stop where you infringe
upon the rights of other"; "My property ends by the
bushes"; "The symphony ends in a pianissimo" [syn: end,
stop, terminate, cease] [ant: begin]
4: provide with a finish; "The carpenter finished the table
5: finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table;
"She polished off the remaining potatoes" [syn: eat up,
6: cause to finish a relationship with somebody; "That finished
me with Mary"