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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Made smooth or shiny by polishing.
  • adj. refined, elegant
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of polish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Made smooth and glossy, as by friction; hence, highly finished; refined; polite

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Made smooth by polishing.
  • Having naturally a smooth, lustrous surface, like that produced by polishing; specifically, in entomology smooth and shining, but without metallic luster.
  • Brought by training or elaboration to a condition void of roughness, irregularity, imperfections, or inelegances; carefully elaborated; especially, elegant; refined; polite.
  • Purified; absolved.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of grains especially rice) having the husk or outer layers removed
  • adj. (of lumber or stone) to trim and smooth
  • adj. showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that comes from wide social experience
  • adj. perfected or made shiny and smooth

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