Fin"ish (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Finished (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Finishing.] [F. finir (with a stem finiss- in several forms, whence E. -ish: see -ish.),fr. L. finire to limit, finish, end, fr. finis boundary, limit, end; perh. for fidnis, and akin findere to cleave, E. fissure.]


To arrive at the end of; to bring to an end; to put an end to; to make an end of; to terminate.

And heroically hath finished A life heroic. Milton.


To bestow the last required labor upon; to complete; to bestow the utmost possible labor upon; to perfect; to accomplish; to polish.

Syn. -- To end; terminate; close; conclude; complete; accomplish; perfect.


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Fin"ish, v. i.


To come to an end; to terminate.

His days may finish ere that hapless time. Shak.


To end; to die.




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Fin"ish, n.


That which finishes, puts an end to or perfects.

2. Arch.

The joiner work and other finer work required for the completion of a building, especially of the interior. See Inside finish, and Outside finish.

3. Fine Arts (a)

The labor required to give final completion to any work; hence, minute detail, careful elaboration, or the like.


See Finishing coat, under Finishing.


The result of completed labor, as on the surface of an object; manner or style of finishing; as, a rough, dead, or glossy finish given to cloth, stone, metal, etc.


Completion; -- opposed to start, or beginning.


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