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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"
References in classic literature ?
While employed in polishing them --one man in each pot, side by side --many confidential communications are carried on, over the iron lips.
In the next room were wonderful machines that ate up long steel rods by slow stages, cutting them off, seizing the pieces, stamping heads upon them, grinding them and polishing them, threading them, and finally dropping them into a basket, all ready to bolt the harvesters together.
The brass stair-rods received an exhaustive polishing and were returned to their places.
The very next day after that gracious experience, while her change of style was fresh upon her and she was vain of her purified condition, her master left a couple dollars unprotected on his desk, and she happened upon that temptation when she was polishing around with a dustrag.
In the midst of the prayer a fly had lit on the back of the pew in front of him and tortured his spirit by calmly rubbing its hands together, embracing its head with its arms, and polishing it so vigorously that it seemed to almost part company with the body, and the slender thread of a neck was exposed to view; scraping its wings with its hind legs and smoothing them to its body as if they had been coat-tails; going through its whole toilet as tranquilly as if it knew it was perfectly safe.
I did," said I, dropping my voice, so that Leah, who was still polishing the panes, could not hear me, "and at first I thought it was Pilot: but Pilot cannot laugh; and I am certain I heard a laugh, and a strange one.
Aye, that I do," answered Martha, cheerfully polishing away at the grate.
just half a minute, my young friend, and we'll give you a polishing that shall keep your curls on for the next ten years
You must have seen old Kerick polishing off a drove.
he said affably to a man who was polishing his stream- ing face with his coat sleeves.
Unfortunately, Thedora, who, with her sweeping and polishing, makes a perfect sanctuary of my room, is not over-pleased at the arrangement.
But I give you warning that if in polishing your chapel utensils you forget how to brighten up my sword, I will make a great fire of your blessed images and will see that you are roasted on it.