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·ished a. Made smooth and glossy, as by friction; hence, highly finished; refined; polite; as, polished plate; polished manners; polished verse.
adj 1: perfected or made shiny and smooth; "his polished prose";
"in a freshly ironed dress and polished shoes";
"freshly polished silver" [ant: unpolished]
2: showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that
comes from wide social experience; "his polished manner";
"maintained an urbane tone in his letters" [syn: refined,
3: (of grains especially rice) having the husk or outer layers
removed; "polished rice" [syn: milled]
4: (of lumber or stone) to trim and smooth [syn: dressed]