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pol·ish

 (pŏl′ĭsh)
v. pol·ished, pol·ish·ing, pol·ish·es
v.tr.
1. To make smooth and shiny by rubbing or chemical action.
2. To remove the outer layers from (grains of rice) by rotation in drums.
3. To refine or remove flaws from; perfect or complete: polish one's piano technique; polish up the lyrics.
v.intr.
To become smooth or shiny by being rubbed: The table polishes up nicely.
n.
1. Smoothness or shininess of surface or finish.
2. A substance containing chemical agents or abrasive particles and applied to smooth or shine a surface: shoe polish.
3. The act or process of polishing: gave the lamp a polish.
4. Elegance of style or manners; refinement.
Phrasal Verb:
polish off Informal
To finish or dispose of quickly and easily.

[Middle English polisshen, from Old French polir, poliss-, from Latin polīre; see pel- in Indo-European roots.]

pol′ish·er n.

Po·lish

 (pō′lĭsh)
adj.
Of or relating to Poland, the Poles, their language, or their culture.
n.
The Slavic language of the Poles.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.polishing - the work of making something smooth and shiny by rubbing or waxing itpolishing - the work of making something smooth and shiny by rubbing or waxing it; "the shining of shoes provided a meager living"; "every Sunday he gave his car a good polishing"
work - activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work"
shoeshine - the act of shining shoes; "he charged a dollar for a shoeshine"
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