AskDefine | Define polishing

Dictionary Definition

polishing n : the work of making something shine by polishing it; "the shining of shoes provided a meager living" [syn: shining]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. present participle of polish


  1. The action of the verb to polish.


  1. That makes shiny or smooth.
  2. That refines.

Extensive Definition

Polishing is the process of creating a smooth and shiny surface by using rubbing or a chemical action, leaving a surface with significant specular reflection and minimal diffuse reflection. Also referred to as "polishing" is the application of a liquid that dries to a shiny finish, as in nail polish.
In metallography polishing is used to create a flat, defect-free surface for examination of a metal's microstructure under a microscope. Silicon based polishing pads or diamond solution can be used in the polishing process.

See also

polishing in Azerbaijani: Hamarlama
polishing in German: Polieren
polishing in French: Polissage
polishing in Hebrew: פוליש
polishing in Dutch: Polijsten (bewerking)
polishing in Japanese: 研磨
polishing in Polish: Polerowanie
polishing in Russian: Полирование
polishing in Ukrainian: Полірування
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