- 1 1.1 u and c(shoe polish)betún (masculine), pomada (feminine) (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) , pasta (feminine) (Chile)(furniture polish)cera (feminine) para muebles, lustramuebles (masculine) (Southern Cone/Cono Sur)(metal polish)limpiametales (masculine)(floor polish)(especially British English/especialmente inglés británico) abrillantador (masculine) (de suelos)(wax polish)cera (feminine) (abrillantadora)(nail polish)esmalte (masculine) (de uñas) 1.2 countable/numerable (sheen, gloss) brillo (masculine), lustre (masculine) high polish gran brillo or lustreMore example sentences1.3 (act) (no plural/sin plural) to give sth a polish sacarle* brillo a algo, lustrar algo (especially Latin America/especialmente América Latina) , darle* una lustrada a algo (South America/América del Sur)
More example sentences
- 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.
- 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/no numerable (refinement) his style lacks polish tiene que pulir su estilo this upbringing gave her a certain polish haber sido criada así le dio un cierto barniz (de refinamiento)More 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.
transitive verb/verbo transitivo
- 1.1 [floor/table/car] darle* or sacarle* brillo a, lustrar (especially Latin America/especialmente América Latina) ; [shoes] limpiar, lustrar (especially Latin America/especialmente América Latina) , bolear (Mexico/México) , embolar (Colombia) ; [brass/chrome] limpiar, darle* or sacarle* brillo a; [lens/mirror] limpiar [stone] (by abrasion) pulir to polish one's nails pintarse las uñas 1.2 (refine) [style/accent/performance] pulir, perfeccionar
polish offverb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento [colloquial/familiar] [food] liquidarse [colloquial/familiar], despacharse [colloquial/familiar]
polish upverb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento [skill/style] pulir, perfeccionar he's gone to France to polish up his French se ha ido a Francia a perfeccionar or a mejorar el francés