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 for polishing
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Polishing \Pol"ish*ing\,
     a. & n. from Polish.
     [1913 Webster]
     Polishing iron, an iron burnisher; esp., a small smoothing
        iron used in laundries.
     Polishing slate.
     (a) A gray or yellow slate, found in Bohemia and Auvergne,
         and used for polishing glass, marble, and metals.
     (b) A kind of hone or whetstone; hone slate.
     Polishing snake, a tool used in cleaning lithographic
     Polishing wheel, a wheel or disk coated with, or composed
        of, abrading material, for polishing a surface.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Polish \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.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Hence, to refine; to wear off the rudeness, coarseness, or
        rusticity of; to make elegant and polite; as, to polish
        life or manners. --Milton.
        [1913 Webster]
     To polish off, to finish completely, as an adversary.
        [Slang] --W. H. Russell.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: 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" [syn:
           shining, polishing]

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