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finish

Noun

1 a decorative texture or appearance of a surface (or the substance that gives it that appearance); "the boat had a metallic finish"; "he applied a coat of a clear finish"; "when the finish is too thin it is difficult to apply evenly" [syn: coating, finishing]
2 designated event that concludes a contest (especially a race); "excitement grew as the finish neared"; "my horse was several lengths behind at the finish"; "the winner is the team with the most points at the finish"
3 the act of finishing; "his best finish in a major tournament was third"; "the speaker's finishing was greeted with applause" [syn: finishing] [ant: beginning]
4 the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey); "a crowd assembled at the finish"; "he was nearly exhuasted as their destination came into view" [syn: destination, goal]
5 the temporal end; the concluding time; "the stopping point of each round was signaled by a bell"; "the market was up at the finish"; "they were playing better at the close of the season" [syn: stopping point, finale, finis, last, conclusion, close]
6 (wine tasting) the taste of a wine on the back of the tongue (as it is swallowed); "the wine has a nutty flavor and a pleasant finish"
7 event whose occurrence ends something; "his death marked the ending of an era"; "when these final episodes are broadcast it will be the finish of the show" [syn: ending, conclusion] [ant: beginning]
8 the downfall of someone (as of persons on one side of a conflict); "booze will be the finish of him"; "it was a fight to the finish"
9 a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality; "they performed with great polish"; "I admired the exquisite refinement of his prose"; "almost an inspiration which gives to all work that finish which is almost art"--Joseph Conrad [syn: polish, refinement, culture, cultivation]

Verb

1 come or bring to a finish or an end; "He finished the dishes"; "She completed the requirements for her Master's Degree"; "The fastest runner finished the race in just over 2 hours; others finished in over 4 hours" [syn: complete]
2 finally be or do something; "He ended up marrying his high school sweetheart"; "he wound up being unemployed and living at home again" [syn: finish up, land up, fetch up, end up, wind up]
3 have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical; "the bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed"; "Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other"; "My property ends by the bushes"; "The symphony ends in a pianissimo" [syn: end, stop, terminate, cease] [ant: begin]
4 provide with a finish; "The carpenter finished the table beautifully"
5 finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table; "She polished off the remaining potatoes" [syn: eat up, polish off]
6 cause to finish a relationship with somebody; "That finished me with Mary"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /ˈfɪnɪʃ/
  • /"fInIS/

Homophones

Noun

  1. The end of anything.
  2. A protective coating given to wood or metal and other surfaces.
    The car's finish was so shiny and new.
  3. A score similar to a touchdown in the game of scuffleball, worth four points.
  4. (of textiles) The result of any process changing the physical or chemical properties of cloth.

Translations

end
  • Catalan: meta, fita
  • Chinese: 终结
  • Danish: slutning
  • Dutch: eindstreep, finish, meet
  • Finnish: loppu, maali
  • French: fin
  • German: Ende
  • Greek: τέλος
  • Interlingua: fin, termination
  • Italian: fine
  • Latvian: beigas
  • Norwegian: avslutning m|f, slutt
  • Polish: koniec
  • Portuguese: fim, acabamento
  • Spanish: meta, fin
  • Volapük: fin, finük
protective coating
  • Danish: finish
  • Finnish: pintakäsittely
  • French: fini
  • German: Lack
score in scuffleball

Verb

  1. To complete (something).
    Please finish your homework!
  2. To apply a treatment to (a surface, etc).
    The furniture was finished in teak veneer.
  3. To change an animal's food supply in the months before it is due for slaughter, with the intention of fattening the animal.
    Due to BSE, cows in the United Kingdom must be finished and slaughtered before 30 months of age.
  4. : To come to an end.
    The song has finished.

Usage notes

Translations

to complete
to apply a final treatment to
  • Finnish: viimeistellä
  • German: fertigstellen
to come to an end

Danish

Noun

finish c
  1. finish (protective coating)

Dutch

Noun

finish f
  1. finish, end

Extensive Definition

Finish may mean:
  • Finishing in the distillation of Scotch
  • Finished good, a good that is completed as to manufacturing but not yet sold or distributed to the end-user.
  • Wood finishing, the process of embellishing and/or protecting the surface of wooden objects.

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