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Polish


PO'LISH, adjective Pertaining to Poland, a level country on the south of Russia and the Baltic.

POL'ISH, verb transitive [Latin polio.]

1. To make smooth and glossy, usually by friction; as, to polish glass, marble, metals and the like.

2. To refine; to wear off rudeness, rusticity and coarseness; to make elegant and polite; as, to polish life or manners.

The Greeks were polished by the Asiatics and Egyptians.

POL'ISH, verb intransitive To become smooth; to receive a gloss; to take a smooth and glossy surface.

Steel will polish almost as white and bright as silver.

POL'ISH, noun A smooth, glossy surface produced by friction.

Another prism of clearer glass and better polish seemed free from veins.

1. Refinement; elegance of manners.

What are these wond'rous civilizing arts,

This Roman polish?