Pol·ish a. Of or pertaining to Poland or its inhabitants. -- n. The language of the Poles.
Pol·ish v. t. [imp. & p. p. Polished p. pr. & vb. n. Polishing.]
1. To make smooth and glossy, usually by friction; to burnish; to overspread with luster; as, to polish glass, marble, metals, etc.
2. Hence, to refine; to wear off the rudeness, coarseness, or rusticity of; to make elegant and polite; as, to polish life or manners.
To polish off, to finish completely, as an adversary. [Slang]
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.
1. A smooth, glossy surface, usually produced by friction; a gloss or luster.
Another prism of clearer glass and better polish. --Sir I. Newton.
2. Anything used to produce a gloss.
3. Fig.: Refinement; elegance of manners.
This Roman polish and this smooth behavior. --Addison.
adj : of or relating to Poland or its people or culture; "Polish
n 1: the property of being smooth and shiny [syn: gloss, glossiness,
2: 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: refinement, culture,
3: a preparation used in polishing
4: the Slavic language of Poland
v 1: (of surfaces) make shine; "shine the silver, please";
"polish my shoes" [syn: smooth, smoothen, shine]
2: improve or perfect by pruning or polishing; "refine one's
style of writing" [syn: refine, fine-tune, down]
3: bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state;
"polish your social manners" [syn: round, round off, polish
up, brush up]