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

  Polish \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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Polish \Pol"ish\, n.
     1. A smooth, glossy surface, usually produced by friction; a
        gloss or luster.
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              Another prism of clearer glass and better polish.
                                                    --Sir I.
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     2. Anything used to produce a gloss.
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     3. Fig.: Refinement; elegance of manners.
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              This Roman polish and this smooth behavior.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Polish \Pol"ish\, a. [From Pole a Polander.]
     Of or pertaining to Poland or its inhabitants. -- n. The
     language of the Poles.
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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.
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     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.
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     To polish off, to finish completely, as an adversary.
        [Slang] --W. H. Russell.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: of or relating to Poland or its people or culture;
             "Polish sausage"
      n 1: the property of being smooth and shiny [syn: polish,
           gloss, glossiness, burnish]
      2: a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or
         impeccable quality; "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"--Joseph Conrad [syn: polish, refinement,
         culture, cultivation, finish]
      3: a preparation used in polishing
      4: the Slavic language of Poland
      v 1: make (a surface) shine; "shine the silver, please"; "polish
           my shoes" [syn: polish, smooth, smoothen, shine]
      2: improve or perfect by pruning or polishing; "refine one's
         style of writing" [syn: polish, refine, fine-tune,
      3: bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state;
         "polish your social manners" [syn: polish, round, round
         off, polish up, brush up]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  202 Moby Thesaurus words for "polish":
     Atticism, abradant, abrasive, acculturation, acquired taste,
     aluminum oxide, ameliorate, appreciation of excellence,
     appropriateness, auto polish, beautify, better, breeding, brighten,
     brighten up, brightness, brilliance, brush up, buff, bump off,
     burnish, chasteness, chastity, choiceness, civility, civilization,
     civilized taste, civilizedness, clarity, classicalism, classicism,
     clean, clearness, colcothar, comeliness, con, conclude, consume,
     correct, correctness, corundum, crocus, cultivate,
     cultivated taste, cultivation, culture, daintiness, delicacy,
     destroy, develop, dignity, directness, discrimination, dispatch,
     dispose of, distinction, do away with, do in, dress, ease, eat,
     education, elaborate, elegance, elegancy, eliminate, embellish,
     emend, emery, emery board, emery paper, enculturation, end,
     enhance, enlightenment, evolve, excellence, fastidiousness,
     felicitousness, felicity, file, finesse, finish, fittingness, fix,
     flow, flowing periods, fluency, freshen, furbish, furbish up,
     garnet, genteelness, gentility, gentlemanlikeness, gentlemanliness,
     gentleness, glance, glaze, gleam, glint, gloss, glow,
     good breeding, good taste, grace, gracefulness, gracility,
     graciosity, graciousness, improve, kill, ladylikeness, lawn-roller,
     learn, limpidity, liquidate, lucidity, luster, mature, mend,
     murder, nail file, naturalness, neatness, niceness, nicety, oil,
     patina, pellucidity, perfect, perspicuity, plainness, polish off,
     polish up, polishes, propriety, pumice, pumice stone, purity,
     put away, quality, radiance, rasp, refine, refinement, renovate,
     repair, restraint, retouch, review, revive, ripen, roller,
     rottenstone, rouge, round, rub, rub out, rub up, sand, sandblast,
     sandpaper, scour, scrub, season, seemliness, sheen, shine,
     shoe polish, silicon carbide, silver polish, simplicity, slay,
     sleek, sleeker, slick, slick down, slicker, smooth, smoother,
     smoothness, socialization, sophistication, sparkle, spruce,
     spruce up, straightforwardness, study, subtlety, taste,
     tastefulness, terminate, terseness, tone up, touch up,
     unaffectedness, vamp, vamp up, varnish, wax, wolf down

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