Polishing a car with a soft cloth.
- The definition of Polish is related to the country of Poland.
An example of Polish is the Polish culture.
- Polish is a substance used for making something glossy, or a style of elegance and grace, or the smoothness and glossiness of a surface.
- An example of polish is a liquid color used on finger nails.
- An example of polish is a polite and cultured person.
- Polish is defined as to rub until smooth and shiny, use a substance or wax on a surface to make it glossy, or to improve the condition.
- An example of polish is buffing fingernails until smooth.
- An example of polish is using wax on a car's paint to make it shiny.
- An example of polish is fine tuning your Photoshop skills.
- to smooth and brighten, as by rubbing
- to coat with polish, wax, etc. and make bright or glossy
- to improve or refine (someone or someone's manners, appearance, etc.) as by removing crudeness or vulgarity
- to complete or embellish (a piece of writing, etc.); finish; perfect
Origin of polishMiddle English polischen from inflected stem of Old French polir from Classical Latin polire, to polish, probably from Indo-European base an unverified form pel-, to drive, impel from source felt
- a surface gloss
- elegance, refinement, cultivation, finish, or the like
- a substance used for polishing
- the act of polishing or condition of being polished
- to finish (a meal, job, etc.) completely and quickly
- to overcome or get rid of (a competitor, enemy, etc.)
Origin of Polishfrom Pole + -ish
verbpol·ished, pol·ish·ing, pol·ish·es
- To make smooth and shiny by rubbing or chemical action.
- To remove the outer layers from (grains of rice) by rotation in drums.
- To refine or remove flaws from; perfect or complete: polish one's piano technique; polish up the lyrics.
- Smoothness or shininess of surface or finish.
- A substance containing chemical agents or abrasive particles and applied to smooth or shine a surface: shoe polish.
- The act or process of polishing: gave the lamp a polish.
- Elegance of style or manners; refinement.
Origin of polishMiddle English polisshen from Old French polir poliss- from Latin polīre ; see pel-5 in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural polishes)
(third-person singular simple present polishes, present participle polishing, simple past and past participle polished)
- To shine; to make a surface very smooth or shiny by rubbing, cleaning, or grinding.
- He polished up the chrome until it gleamed.
- To refine; remove imperfections from.
- The band has polished its performance since the last concert.
- To apply shoe polish to shoes.
- (intransitive) To become smooth, as from friction; to receive a gloss; to take a smooth and glossy surface.
- Steel polishes well.
- To refine; to wear off the rudeness, coarseness, or rusticity of; to make elegant and polite.
From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin polire (“to polish, make smooth").
- Of, from or native to Poland, or relating to the Polish language.
- The language spoken in Poland.