Pronunciation: (pol'ish),[key] —v.t. 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.
—v.i. 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.
—n. 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] —adj. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Poland, its inhabitants, or their language.
—n. a Slavic language, the principal language of Poland. Abbr.: Pol