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v. pol·ished, pol·ish·ing, pol·ish·es
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.
To become smooth or shiny by being rubbed: The table polishes up nicely.
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.


Of or relating to Poland, the Poles, their language, or their culture.
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 ?
The black, with the twisted hand of leprosy and with a barely perceptible infiltration of the same disease thickening the skin of the forehead between the eyes, bent over his polishing, and ever his lips moved, repeating over and over, "Killeny Boy.
This was done by polishing and varnishing it, and by gilding the carved work of the elbows, and likewise the oaken flowers of the back.
So they set to work in one of the big yellow rooms of the castle and worked for three days and four nights, hammering and twisting and bending and soldering and polishing and pounding at the legs and body and head of the Tin Woodman, until at last he was straightened out into his old form, and his joints worked as well as ever.
While employed in polishing them --one man in each pot, side by side --many confidential communications are carried on, over the iron lips.
A busy little man he always is, in the polishing at harness-house doors, of stirrup-irons, bits, curb-chains, harness bosses, anything in the way of a stable-yard that will take a polish, leading a life of friction.
Tenders are invited for Various work : Repairing, Polishing & Fixing of lock,Repairing, Polishing & Fixing of lock,Repairing.
Norwegians have less time to spare when it comes to extra household activities, and are therefore less and less enthusiastic about polishing various household items unless absolutely necessary.
In all categories, consumers are expected to move towards buying items that do not require polishing or involve the least amount of upkeep.
com)-- Perfect Polish, one of the leading polished concrete specialists, today announced the development of a new process for polishing new construction concrete flooring that provides customers a consistent, smooth shine with less mess, less cost, and in less time.
Key statement: The invention provides a polishing pad by which optical materials such as lenses, reflecting mirrors etc.
My question concerns the polishing wheels for metal prep.
A polishing pad suitable for planarizing at least one of semiconductor, optical and magnetic substrates has been patented.