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Definition of "polished" []

  • Made shiny and smooth by or as if by rubbing or chemical action. (adjective)
  • Naturally shiny and smooth. (adjective)
  • Having the husk or outer layers removed. Used of grains of rice. (adjective)
  • Refined; cultured: polished manners. (adjective)
  • Having no imperfections or errors; flawless: gave a polished presentation to the board. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "polished" in a sentence
  • "One of the great misfortunes, as also one of the great follies, of mankind, is that in all countries which we call polished, except, perhaps, China, priests concern themselves with what belongs only to philosophers."
  • "For Banana Republic, after being hurt by a "too casual" assortment during the holiday season last year, it's balancing that with what it calls "polished casual" assortment as well as "work versatile" outfits that shoppers can wear from work to dinner."
  • "And then we run our tubing, and it is inserted to what we call a polished bore receptacle at 16,000 feet."