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POLISH

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Polish mean? 

POLISH (noun)
  The noun POLISH has 4 senses:

1. the property of being smooth and shiny
2. a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality
3. a preparation used in polishing
4. the Slavic language of Poland

  Familiarity information: POLISH used as a noun is uncommon.


POLISH (adjective)
  The adjective POLISH has 1 sense:

1. of or relating to Poland or its people or culture

  Familiarity information: POLISH used as an adjective is very rare.


POLISH (verb)
  The verb POLISH has 3 senses:

1. make (a surface) shine
2. improve or perfect by pruning or polishing
3. bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state

  Familiarity information: POLISH used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


POLISH (noun)


Sense 1polish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The property of being smooth and shiny

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

burnish; glossiness; polish; gloss

Hypernyms ("polish" is a kind of...):

smoothness (a texture without roughness; smooth to the touch)

effulgence; radiance; radiancy; refulgence; refulgency; shine (the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "polish"):

French polish (the glaze produced by repeated applications of French polish shellac)

glaze (a glossy finish on a fabric)


Sense 2polish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

refinement; polish; cultivation; culture; finish

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("polish" is a kind of...):

flawlessness; ne plus ultra; perfection (the state of being without a flaw or defect)


Sense 3polish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A preparation used in polishing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Hypernyms ("polish" is a kind of...):

formulation; preparation (a substance prepared according to a formula)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "polish"):

blacking; shoe polish (a substance used to produce a shiny protective surface on footwear)

Simoniz (a brand of car polish)


Sense 4Polish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The Slavic language of Poland

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("Polish" is a kind of...):

Slavic; Slavic language; Slavonic; Slavonic language (a branch of the Indo-European family of languages)


POLISH (adjective)


Sense 1Polish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to Poland or its people or culture

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

Polish sausage

Pertainym:

Poland (a republic in central Europe; the invasion of Poland by Germany in 1939 started World War II)


POLISH (verb)


Sense 1polish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make (a surface) shine

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

polish; smooth; smoothen; shine

Context examples:

shine the silver, please / polish my shoes

Hypernyms (to "polish" is one way to...):

beautify; embellish; fancify; prettify (make more beautiful)

"Polish" entails doing...:

rub (move over something with pressure)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "polish"):

Simonise; Simonize (polish with wax)

sleek; slick (make slick or smooth)

buff; burnish; flush; furbish (polish and make shiny)

gloss (give a shine or gloss to, usually by rubbing)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

They polish the glass tubes


Sense 2polish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Improve or perfect by pruning or polishing

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

refine; fine-tune; polish; down

Context example:

refine one's style of writing

Hypernyms (to "polish" is one way to...):

ameliorate; amend; better; improve; meliorate (to make better)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "polish"):

civilise; civilize; cultivate; educate; school; train (train to be discriminative in taste or judgment)

over-refine; overrefine (refine too much or with excess of subtlety)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 3polish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

polish up; brush up; round off; polish; round

Context example:

polish your social manners

Hypernyms (to "polish" is one way to...):

hone; perfect (make perfect or complete)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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