- 1 1.1 uncountable or countablealso: shoe polishalso: furniture polishcera (feminine) para muebles
lustramuebles (masculine) (Southern Cone)also: metal polishalso: floor polish(especially British English)
abrillantador (masculine) (de suelos)also: wax polishalso: nail polish1.2 countable (sheen, gloss) high polishgran brillo or lustreExample sentences1.3 (act) (no plural) to give something a polish
sacarle brillo a algo
- A high degree of polish is achieved when the shaping plywood forms are faced with smooth plastic and the concrete is vibrated as it is being poured in place.
- The floors sparkled with polish, as did the freshly cleaned windows and chandelier.
- Grace holds herself up with her hand against the floor, which has acquired a bright sheen of polish.
lustrar algo (especially Latin America)
darle una lustrada a algo (South America)Example sentences
- The underside of the panelled floor can be painted any colour, and the glass is sandblasted for a raised texture and given an acid polish for a shiny non-slip surface.
- I've even been damp dusting rather than just a quick polish but it's barely touching the surface.
- The heat burnishes the surface, creating a look different from a wet polish.
- 2 uncountable (refinement) his style lacks polishtiene que pulir su estilothis upbringing gave her a certain polishhaber sido criada así le dio un cierto barniz (de refinamiento)Example sentences
- We are so covered with layers and layers of refinement, of social polish, of airs and graces and civilization and pretensions that the human in us almost ceases to exist.
- He soon made a strong impression in Germany as a brilliant and original conductor, who achieved great polish and refinement in his performances.
- That sign is to remind them that if they don't behave with polish and refinement at all times, they'll be punished.
darle or sacarle brillo a
lustrar (especially Latin America)(brass/chrome)
darle or sacarle brillo a(lens/mirror)(stone)
limpiar(by abrasion) pulirto polish one's nailsExample sentences
- A housekeeper polishes a glass cabinet displaying delicate mementos from Norway and New Zealand.
- The ends of the cork stoppers are then polished to present a smooth surface to the wine.
- A woman in a grey smock goes round polishing each glass cover after it's been kissed.
- 2 (refine)Example sentences
- So now it's the adults' turn to polish up their singing, dancing, recitation and music playing skills in time for the Senior Scor competition in February.
- Once the boat lift is open you'll be desperate to get in on the fantastic sailing and canoeing opportunities it opens up and who better to help you polish up your technique than Monster Activities.
- Locally, you might polish up your work for the Alexandra Writers' Centre Society FreeFall Fiction and Poetry Contest.
- 1 (language)Example sentences
- Cornell brought in a Polish women who said that the medium did in fact speak Polish.
- He escaped only because he was allowed to make a phone call and was able to alert his wife by speaking in his native Polish.
- If you don't speak Polish, click on the Union Jack icon at the top left for details in English.
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