What does polish mean?

Definitions for polish
ˈpɒl ɪʃpol·ish

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word polish.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. polish, gloss, glossiness, burnishnoun

    the property of being smooth and shiny

  2. polish, refinement, culture, cultivation, finishnoun

    a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality

    "they performed with great polish"; "I admired the exquisite refinement of his prose"; "almost an inspiration which gives to all work that finish which is almost art"--Joseph Conrad

  3. polishnoun

    a preparation used in polishing

  4. Polishadjective

    the Slavic language of Poland

  5. Polishverb

    of or relating to Poland or its people or culture

    "Polish sausage"

  6. polish, smooth, smoothen, shineverb

    make (a surface) shine

    "shine the silver, please"; "polish my shoes"

  7. polish, refine, fine-tune, downverb

    improve or perfect by pruning or polishing

    "refine one's style of writing"

  8. polish, round, round off, polish up, brush upverb

    bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state

    "polish your social manners"

Wiktionary

  1. Polishadjective

    Of, from or native to Poland, or relating to the Polish language.

  2. Polishnoun

    The language spoken in Poland.

  3. polishnoun

    A substance used to polish.

    A good silver polish will remove tarnish easily.

  4. polishnoun

    Cleanliness; smoothness, shininess.

    The floor was waxed to a high polish.

  5. polishnoun

    Refinement; cleanliness in performance or presentation.

    The lecturer showed a lot of polish at his last talk.

  6. polishverb

    To shine; to make a surface very smooth or shiny by rubbing, cleaning, or grinding.

    He polished up the chrome until it gleamed.

  7. polishverb

    To refine; remove imperfections from.

    The band has polished its performance since the last concert.

  8. polishverb

    To apply shoe polish to shoes.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Polishnoun

    Etymology: poli, polissure, Fr. from the verb.

    Not to mention what a huge column of granite cost in the quarry, only consider the great difficulty of hewing it into any form, and of giving it the due turn, proportion and polish. Joseph Addison, Remarks on Italy.

    Another prism of clearer glass and better polish seemed free from veins. Isaac Newton, Opticks.

    What are these wond’rous civilising arts,
    This Roman polish, and this smooth behaviour,
    That render man thus tractable and tame? Joseph Addison, Cato.

  2. To POLISHverb

    Etymology: polio, Lat. polir, Fr.

    He setteth to finish his work, and polisheth it perfectly. Eccl.

    Pygmalion, with fatal art,
    Polish’d the form that stung his heart George Granville.

    Studious they appear
    Of arts that polish life, inventors rare. John Milton.

    Bid soft science polish Britain’s heroes. Irene.

  3. To Polishverb

    To answer to the act of polishing; to receive a gloss.

    It is reported by the ancients, that there was a kind of steel, which would polish almost as white and bright as silver. Francis Bacon.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Polishadjective

    of or pertaining to Poland or its inhabitants

  2. Polishnoun

    the language of the Poles

  3. Polishverb

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

  4. Polishverb

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

  5. Polishverb

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

  6. Polishnoun

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

  7. Polishnoun

    anything used to produce a gloss

  8. Polishnoun

    fig.: Refinement; elegance of manners

  9. Etymology: [From Pole a Polander.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Polish

    pō′lish, adj. relating to Poland or to its people.

  2. Polish

    pol′ish, v.t. to make smooth and glossy by rubbing: to refine: to make elegant.—v.i. to become smooth and glossy.—n. a smooth, glossy surface: refinement of manners: anything used to produce a polish.—adjs. Pol′ishable; Pol′ished, made smooth by rubbing: trained to act with great fineness and exactness: refined: polite.—ns. Pol′isher, one who, or that which, polishes; Pol′ishing-paste, polishing material made in the form of paste; Pol′ishing-pow′der, polishing material made in the form of powder, as whiting, diamond-dust, &c.; Pol′ishing-slate, a mineral used for polishing glass, marble, and metals, composed chiefly of silica, with a little alumina, lime, oxide of iron, and water; Pol′ishment. [O. Fr. polir, polissant—L. polīre, to make to shine.]

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  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'polish' in Adjectives Frequency: #771

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of polish in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of polish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of polish in a Sentence

  1. Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro:

    This will be a project that meets the expectations of Poles, who are blasphemed in the world, in Europe, even in Germany, that they are the Holocaust perpetrators, that in Poland there were Polish concentration camps, Polish gas chambers, enough with this lie. There has to be responsibility.

  2. Robert Winnicki:

    We want to build a force, which lefties, liberals, and faggots are afraid of. We want to build a Polish national force.

  3. Tomasz Sekielski:

    This film has been like a shock to Polish society and has managed to create real social awareness of a subject that has been very taboo in Poland.

  4. Donald Tusk:

    The EU has a right and an obligation to engage in a tough and open dialogue with the authorities of every EU member state where the rule of law and norms of democracy may be violated, and I hope that your words and your actions will help to mitigate the behavior of Kaczynski`s party. But at the same time, in no way should they negatively affect my country and of course Polish citizens.

  5. Edward Szlek:

    We do not plan to invest in hard coal, as there is huge oversupply of it on the Polish market. We want definitely focus on coking coal.

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Translations for polish

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  • لمع, البولندية ، مدغشقر 2005Arabic
  • leštit, leštidloCzech
  • pudse, glathed, glatte, politur, glans, elegance, pudsecreme, forfinelse, polere, blankeDanish
  • perfektionieren, wichsen, Politur, Glanz, polieren, polnisch German
  • Πολωνικά Greek
  • poluri, polurilo, poluroEsperanto
  • pulir, acicalar, polaco Spanish
  • پولیش کردن, پولیشPersian
  • kiillotusaine, tyyli, hioa, kehittää, puunata, [[kiillottaa]] [[kenkiä]], kiillote, selkeys, kiillottaa, parannella, kiilto, tasaisuus, lankata, viimeistelyFinnish
  • vernis, polir, polonais French
  • lìomhScottish Gaelic
  • políroz, kifényesítHungarian
  • lustrar, lisiar, polir, furbirInterlingua
  • PolandiaIndonesian
  • cirajizar, briligar, polisarIdo
  • lustrare, brillantare, lucidare, levigatezza, cera, raffinatezza, lucidità, levigare, lucentezza, brillantezza, lucido, perfezionare, smussare, polacco Italian
  • 磨く, 光沢, つや, 清潔, 艶, 平ら, 綺麗, 輝き, 研ぐ, 清らか, 洗練する, 洗練, 研磨剤, 平坦Japanese
  • 닥다Korean
  • PoloniaeLatin
  • whakapiata, whakamahine, whakamaheniMāori
  • polijsten, glans, oppoetsen, poetsmiddel, poetsen, poetsDutch
  • pusseNorwegian
  • náyiishį́į́hNavajo, Navaho
  • połysk, polerować, wygładzać, polski Polish
  • polir, polimento, polonês Portuguese
  • полировать, шлифовать, польский Russian
  • glans, polityr, finess, polera, putsa, polish, polermedel, putsmedelSwedish
  • 波蘭Chinese

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