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Definitions of polish

  1. bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state; " polish your social manners"
  2. the property of being smooth and shiny
  3. 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
  4. improve or perfect by pruning or polishing; " refine one's style of writing"
  5. ( of surfaces) make shine; " shine the silver, please"; " polish my shoes"
  6. the Slavic language of Poland
  7. a preparation used in polishing
  8. of or relating to Poland or its people or culture; " Polish sausage"
  9. The language of the Poles.
  10. To make smooth and glossy, usually by friction; to burnish; to overspread with luster; as, to polish glass, marble, metals, etc.
  11. Hence, to refine; to wear off the rudeness, coarseness, or rusticity of; to make elegant and polite; as, to polish life or manners.
  12. To become smooth, as from friction; to receive a gloss; to take a smooth and glossy surface; as, steel polishes well.
  13. A smooth, glossy surface, usually produced by friction; a gloss or luster.
  14. Anything used to produce a gloss.
  15. Fig.: Refinement; elegance of manners.
  16. To make glossy by rubbing; make polite or refined.
  17. To become smooth or glossy.
  18. A glossy surface; a mixture for making a surface glossy; elegance of manners.
  19. Polisher.
  20. Of or pertaining to Poland, its language, or its people.
  21. Relating to Poland or its people.
  22. To make smooth and glossy by rubbing: to refine: to make elegant.
  23. To become smooth and glossy.
  24. Gloss; smoothness.
  25. To make smooth; refine.
  26. To make or become smooth or lustrous, polite, or refined.
  27. Smoothness or glossiness of surface; finish; varnish.
  28. Relating to Poland, its inhabitants, or their language.
  29. A smooth glossy surface; a substance to impart a polish; refinement; elegance of manners.
  30. The language of Poland.
  31. To make smooth and glossy, usually by rubbing; to refine; to wear off rudeness; to make elegant and polite.
  32. To become smooth, or receive a gloss.
  33. Of or from Poland or its people.
  34. A smooth glassy surface produced by friction or rubbing; artificial gloss; elegance of manners; refinement; a substance used to impart a gloss.
  35. To make smooth and glossy by rubbing or friction; to become smooth or glossy; to make elegant or polite; to refine.

Usage examples for polish

  1. About a quarter of an hour earlier the only people I could see in the stalls were my landlady and her husband, and, strange to say, a Polish Jew in full costume! – Shakespeare and Music by Christopher Wilson
  2. It certainly sounded like the Polish language, but I could not rid myself of the impression that the Pole was talking to himself. – The Shadow World by Hamlin Garland
  3. This was a very difficult art, and one which required long preparations, since it was necessary to polish the wood or the stone. – The Bible: what it is by Charles Bradlaugh
  4. I tried a dose of the furniture- polish, my boy, on a chap that had the measles, and he has felt so much like a sofa ever since, that a coroner's jury will sit on him to- morrow. – The Orpheus C. Kerr Papers. Series 1 by Robert H. Newell
  5. A chance acquaintance, which afterward became an intimate friendship, with Polish fugitives, seems to have been the immediate occasion of his Polenlieder, so that his enthusiasm for Polish liberty must be regarded as incidental rather than spontaneous. – Types of Weltschmerz in German Poetry by Wilhelm Alfred Braun
  6. Polish off his rough edges, mebbe. – A Man to His Mate by J. Allan Dunn
  7. Jacqueline, not being accustomed to these Polish fashions, did not seem to be much attracted by the offer of the sofa. – Jacqueline, Complete by (Mme. Blanc) Th. Bentzon Last Updated: March 3, 2009
  8. And he himself spoke in Polish. – The Vultures by Henry Seton Merriman
  9. And Audrey perceived that just as she was regarding the Polish woman as romantic, so the whole company was regarding herself and Miss Ingate as romantic. – The Lion's Share by E. Arnold Bennett
  10. On anny subject fr'm stove polish to sun worship, I'd take th' wurrud iv me frind Gin'ral Miles befure th' man that made th' goods. – Observations by Mr. Dooley by Finley Peter Dunne
  11. After six years of pleading, he returned to his native land with a signed statement addressed to the Polish king and nobles, which declared the accusation to be utterly false. – The Haskalah Movement in Russia by Jacob S. Raisin
  12. Will you permit me to polish my spectacles? – A Splendid Hazard by Harold MacGrath
  13. We were four in all, and my companions only spoke German and Polish, so that I had a dreadfully tedious journey. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  14. You ought to polish up the others though. – The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton
  15. Hang them at once, he said in Polish, to those standing near. – Jack Archer by G. A. Henty
  16. Within three or four weeks we should be on board the transport, and could polish up a little their drill and discipline during the voyage. – The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon by José Maria Gordon
  17. No one knows so well as he how men may be best governed, and no one can so pleasantly polish off the rough sides of mankind. – The-Life-of-Phineas-T-Barnum by Benton, Joel
  18. It will then become a fine black, and receive a beautiful polish. – The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, by Mary Eaton
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