make the surface of (something) smooth and shiny by rubbing it:
she unloaded the dishwasher and polished the glasses.
improve, refine, or add the finishing touches to:
he's got to polish up his French for his job.
a substance used to give something a smooth and shiny surface when rubbed in:
∎ [in sing.]
an act of rubbing something to give it a shiny surface:
I could give the cabinet a polish.
smoothness or glossiness produced by rubbing or friction:
the machine refines the shape of the stone and gives it polish.
refinement or elegance in a person or thing:
his poetry has clarity and polish.
polish something off
finish or consume something quickly:
they polished off most of the sausages.DERIVATIVES:
, brackish, quackish
, darkish, sparkish
•peckish • rakish
, freakish, weakish
•folkish • bookish • textbookish
, hellish, relish
•English • stylish
, demolish, spit-and-polish
, smallish, tallish
•owlish • Polish
, foolish, ghoulish, mulish
•bullish • dullish • publish
•accomplish • ticklish • purplish
•famish • Amish • schoolmarmish
•Hamish • squeamish • dimmish
•warmish • gnomish • Carchemish
of or relating to Poland, its inhabitants, or their language.
the West Slavic language of Poland.
National language of Poland
, spoken by virtually all of the country's 39 million people. It belongs to the Slavonic family of Indo-European languages
. Polish is written in the Roman (Latin) alphabet, but with a large number of diacritical marks to represent the various Slavonic vowels and consonants.
make smooth (and glossy) by friction XIII; refine XIV. ME. polis(s) -poliss-
, lengthened stem of (O)F. polir
— L. polīre
; see -ISH2
Hence sb. XVI.