Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
result(s) from the 1913
Pol"ish (?), a. [From Pole a Polander.] Of or pertaining to Poland or its inhabitants. -- n. The language of the Poles.
Pol"ish (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Polished (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Polishing.] [F. polir, L. polire. Cf. Polite, -ish]
1. To make smooth and glossy, usually by friction; to burnish; to overspread with luster; as, to polish glass, marble, metals, etc.
2. 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.
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.
1. A smooth, glossy surface, usually produced by friction; a gloss or luster.
Another prism of clearer glass and better polish.
Sir I. Newton.
2. Anything used to produce a gloss.
3. Fig.: Refinement; elegance of manners.
This Roman polish and this smooth behavior.