[fin-ish] /ˈfɪn ɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
to bring (something) to an end or to completion; complete:
to finish a novel; to finish breakfast.
to come to the end of (a course, period of time, etc.):
to finish school.
to use completely (often followed by up or off):
to finish up a can of paint; to finish off the rest of the milk.
to overcome completely; destroy or kill (often followed by off):
This spray will finish off the cockroaches.
to complete and perfect in detail; put the final touches on (sometimes followed by up):
He decided to finish his plan more carefully. She finished up a painting.
to put a finish on (wood, metal, etc.):
We finished the desk in antique red lacquer.
to perfect (a person) in education, accomplishments, social graces, etc.
to ready (livestock) for market by feeding a diet calculated to produce the desired weight.
verb (used without object)
to come to an end:
The course finishes in January.
to complete a course, project, etc. (sometimes followed by up):
I finished before he did. It was nine o’clock when we finished up.
(of livestock) to become fattened for market.
the end or conclusion; the final part or last stage.
the end of a hunt, race, etc.:
a close finish.
a decisive ending:
a fight to the finish.
the quality of being or completed with smoothness, elegance, etc.:
to admire the finish of one’s writing.
educational or social polish.
the manner in which an object is perfected or in its preparation, or an effect imparted in finishing.
the surface coating or texture of wood, metal, etc.
something used or serving to finish, complete, or perfect a thing.
woodwork or the like, especially in the interior of a building, not essential to the structure but used for purposes of ornament, neatness, etc.:
a finish of black walnut.
Also called finish coat, finishing coat. a final coat of plaster or paint.
a material for application in finishing.
Animal Husbandry. the fat tissue of livestock.
the flavor remaining in the mouth after a wine has been swallowed.
(football) the act or skill of goal scoring: Brattbakk’s finishing is deadly
verb (mainly transitive)
to bring to an end; complete, conclude, or stop
(intransitive) sometimes foll by up. to be at or come to the end; use up
to bring to a desired or complete condition
to put a particular surface texture on (wood, cloth, etc)
(often foll by off) to destroy or defeat completely
to train (a person) in social graces and talents
(intransitive) foll by with
the final or last stage or part; end
a thing, event, etc, that completes
completeness and high quality of workmanship
refinement in social graces
(sport) ability to sprint at the end of a race: he has a good finish
late 14c., “to bring to an end;” mid-15c., “to come to an end,” from Old French finiss-, present participle stem of fenir (13c.) “stop, finish, come to an end, die,” from Latin finire “to limit, set bounds, put an end to, come to an end,” from finis “boundary, limit, border, end,” of unknown origin, perhaps related to figere “to fasten, fix” (see fix). Meaning “to kill” is from 1755. Related: Finished; finishing. Finishing school is from 1836.
1779, “that which finishes or gives completion,” from finish (v.). Meaning “the end” is from 1790. Finish line attested from 1873.
To put a disastrous end to something or to someone’s prospects; COOK someone’s GOOSE: She finished him off with a passing shot (1755+)
noun 1. a slender nail with a small globular head, used for finish work, being driven to slightly beneath the surface and covered with putty or the like.
noun 1. a private school, usually at the high-school or junior-college level, that teaches young women social graces and prepares them for life in society. noun 1. a private school for girls that prepares them for society by teaching social graces and accomplishments
- Finishing touch
A small change or addition that serves to complete something. For example, The room still needed a few finishing touches, such as a flower arrangement. This expression is sometimes put as a finishing stroke. [ c. 1700 ]
- Finish last
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