Pol"ish (?), a. [From Pole a Polander.]

Of or pertaining to Poland or its inhabitants.



The language of the Poles.


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Pol"ish (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Polished (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Polishing.] [F. polir, L. polire. Cf. Polite, -ish]


To make smooth and glossy, usually by friction; to burnish; to overspread with luster; as, to polish glass, marble, metals, etc.


Hence, to refine; to wear off the rudeness, coarseness, or rusticity of; to make elegant and polite; as, to polish life or manners.


To polish off, to finish completely, as an adversary. [Slang]

W. H. Russell.


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Pol"ish, v. i.

To become smooth, as from friction; to receive a gloss; to take a smooth and glossy surface; as, steel polishes well.



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Pol"ish, n.


A smooth, glossy surface, usually produced by friction; a gloss or luster.

Another prism of clearer glass and better polish. Sir I. Newton.


Anything used to produce a gloss.


Fig.: Refinement; elegance of manners.

This Roman polish and this smooth behavior. Addison.


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