[pol-ish] /ˈpɒl ɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
to make smooth and glossy, especially by rubbing or friction:
to polish a brass doorknob.
to render finished, refined, or elegant:
His speech needs polishing.
verb (used without object)
to become smooth and glossy through polishing:
a flooring that polishes easily.
Archaic. to become refined or elegant.
a substance used to give smoothness or gloss:
the act of polishing.
state of being polished.
smoothness and gloss of surface.
superiority of manner or execution; refinement; elegance:
the polish of a professional singer.
polish off, Informal.
polish up, to improve; refine:
She took lessons to polish up her speech.
to make or become smooth and shiny by rubbing, esp with wax or an abrasive
(transitive) to make perfect or complete
to make or become elegant or refined
a finish or gloss
the act of polishing or the condition of having been polished
a substance used to produce a smooth and shiny, often protective surface
elegance or refinement, esp in style, manner, etc
of, relating to, or characteristic of Poland, its people, or their language
the official language of Poland, belonging to the West Slavonic branch of the Indo-European family
early 14c., polischen “make smooth,” from Old French poliss-, present participle stem of polir (12c.) “to polish, decorate, see to one’s appearance,” from Latin polire “to polish, make smooth; decorate, embellish;” figuratively “refine, improve,” said to be from Proto-Indo-European *pel- “to thrust, strike, drive” (via the notion of fulling cloth). The sense of “free from coarseness, to refine” first recorded in English mid-14c. Related: Polished; polishing. Slang polish off “finish” is 1837, from notion of applying a coat of polish being the final step in a piece of work.
1590s, “absence of coarseness,” from polish (v.). From 1704 as “act of polishing;” 1819 as “substance used in polishing.”
1670s, from Pole + -ish. Related: Polishness. Polish-American attested from 1898.
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- Polish lowland sheepdog
noun 1. a strongly-built medium-sized sheepdog of a Polish breed with a long thick shaggy coat that covers the eyes
- Polish notation
noun 1. a logical notation that dispenses with the need for brackets by writing the logical constants as operators preceding their arguments
noun 1. (sometimes lowercase) . [kil-bah-suh, keel-] /kɪlˈbɑ sə, kil-/ noun, plural kielbasas, kielbasy [kil-bah-see, keel-] /kɪlˈbɑ si, kil-/ (Show IPA) 1. a smoked sausage of coarsely chopped beef and pork, flavored with garlic and spices. /ˌkiːlˈbaːsɘ; ˌkɪlˈbaːsɘ/ noun 1. a traditional garlic sausage of Eastern European origin n. 1951, from Polish kiełbasa “sausage” (Russian […]
- Polish the apple
Try to win favor through flattery, as in It may help your standing with the boss if you polish the apple. This expression gave rise to the phrase apple polishing. The idiom alludes to the practice of schoolchildren bringing their teacher the gift of a bright, shiny apple. [ c. 1920 ]