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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shining, polishingnoun

    the work of making something smooth and shiny by rubbing or waxing it

    "the shining of shoes provided a meager living"; "every Sunday he gave his car a good polishing"


  1. polishingnoun

    The action of the verb to polish.

  2. polishingadjective

    That makes shiny or smooth.

  3. polishingadjective

    That refines.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Polishing

    of Polish

  2. Polishing

    a. & n. from Polish


  1. Polishing

    Polishing is the process of creating a smooth and shiny surface by rubbing it or using a chemical action, leaving a surface with a significant specular reflection In some materials polishing is also able to reduce diffuse reflection to minimal values. When an unpolished surface is magnified thousands of times, it usually looks like mountains and valleys. By repeated abrasion, those "mountains" are worn down until they are flat or just small "hills." The process of polishing with abrasives starts with coarse ones and graduates to fine ones. Polishing with very fine abrasive differs physically from coarser abrasion, in that material is removed on a molecular level, so that the rate is correlated to the boiling point rather than to the melting point of the material being polished.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of polishing in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of polishing in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of polishing in a Sentence

  1. Dominic Benhura:

    I was so fascinated by people creating something out of stone, so I asked them if I could help them polishing and finishing their work.

  2. Otis Williams:

    Every time I've seen it, it's been a tear-jerker, we were at the right place at the right time... And we kept polishing up our act.

  3. Otis Williams:

    We were at the right place at the right time... And we kept polishing up our act.

  4. Donna Lyerly:

    Before Covid, we were cleaning and polishing, and calling it good. It never occurred to us that we had to kill pathogens, now, we can spend 45 minutes wiping lamp and light switches, remotes, anything anyone would've touched in any way. It all has to be wiped down.

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