Pronunciation: (pol'ish), [key]
1. to make smooth and glossy, esp. by rubbing or friction: to polish a brass doorknob.
2. to render finished, refined, or elegant: His speech needs polishing.
1. to become smooth and glossy through polishing: a flooring that polishes easily.
2. Archaic.to become refined or elegant.
3. polish off, Informal.
a. to finish or dispose of quickly: They polished off a gallon of ice cream between them.
b. to subdue or get rid of someone: The fighter polished off his opponent in the first round.
4. polish up, to improve; refine: She took lessons to polish up her speech.
1. a substance used to give smoothness or gloss: shoe polish.
2. the act of polishing.
3. state of being polished.
4. smoothness and gloss of surface.
5. superiority of manner or execution; refinement; elegance: the polish of a professional singer.
Pronunciation: (pō'lish), [key]
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Poland, its inhabitants, or their language.
a Slavic language, the principal language of Poland. Abbr.: Pol
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