Definition of Finish

1. Noun. A decorative texture or appearance of a surface (or the substance that gives it that appearance). "When the finish is too thin it is difficult to apply evenly"

Exact synonyms: Coating, Finishing
Generic synonyms: Decorativeness
Specialized synonyms: Glaze, Shoeshine
Derivative terms: Coat

2. Verb. Come or bring to a finish or an end. "They finish moving "; "The fastest runner finished the race in just over 2 hours; others finished in over 4 hours"

3. Noun. The temporal end; the concluding time. "They were playing better at the close of the season"
Exact synonyms: Close, Conclusion, Finale, Finis, Last, Stopping Point
Generic synonyms: End, Ending
Derivative terms: Close, Close, Close

4. Verb. Finally be or do something. "He wound up being unemployed and living at home again"
Exact synonyms: End Up, Fetch Up, Finish Up, Land Up, Wind Up
Generic synonyms: Act, Move
Derivative terms: Windup

5. Noun. A highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality. "Almost an inspiration which gives to all work that finish which is almost art"
Exact synonyms: Cultivation, Culture, Polish, Refinement
Generic synonyms: Flawlessness, Ne Plus Ultra, Perfection
Derivative terms: Cultivate, Polish, Polish, Refine

6. Verb. Have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical. "The symphony ends in a pianissimo"

7. Noun. The place designated as the end (as of a race or journey). "He was nearly exhausted as their destination came into view"
Exact synonyms: Destination, Goal
Generic synonyms: End, Terminal
Specialized synonyms: Finish Line, Finishing Line
Derivative terms: Destine

8. Verb. Provide with a finish. "This shirt is not finished properly"
Generic synonyms: Coat, Surface
Specialized synonyms: Dress, Broom
Derivative terms: Finisher, Finisher, Finishing

9. Noun. Designated event that concludes a contest (especially a race). "The winner is the team with the most points at the finish"

10. Verb. Finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table. "They finish more bread"; "She polished off the remaining potatoes"
Exact synonyms: Eat Up, Polish Off
Generic synonyms: Eat
Specialized synonyms: Put Away, Tuck Away, Tuck In

11. Noun. The downfall of someone (as of persons on one side of a conflict). "It was a fight to the finish"
Generic synonyms: Downfall, Ruin, Ruination

12. Verb. Cause to finish a relationship with somebody. "That finished me with Mary"
Generic synonyms: End, Terminate

13. Noun. Event whose occurrence ends something. "When these final episodes are broadcast it will be the finish of the show"

14. Noun. (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"

15. Noun. The act of finishing. "The speaker's finishing was greeted with applause"
Exact synonyms: Finishing
Specialized synonyms: Close, Closing Curtain, Finale, Finis
Generic synonyms: Closing, Completion, Culmination, Mop Up, Windup
Antonyms: Start

Definition of Finish

1. v. t. To arrive at the end of; to bring to an end; to put an end to; to make an end of; to terminate.

2. v. i. To come to an end; to terminate.

3. n. That which finishes, puts an end to&?; or perfects.

Definition of Finish

1. Noun. An end: the end of anything. ¹

2. Noun. A protective coating given to wood or metal and other surfaces. ¹

3. Noun. The result of any process changing the physical or chemical properties of cloth. ¹

4. Noun. (sports) A shot on goal, especially one that ends in a goal. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To complete (something). ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To apply a treatment to (a surface or similar). ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To change an animal's food supply in the months before it is due for slaughter, with the intention of fattening the animal. ¹

8. Verb. (intransitive) To come to an end. ¹

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Definition of Finish

1. to bring to an end [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

Medical Definition of Finish

1. 1. To arrive at the end of; to bring to an end; to put an end to; to make an end of; to terminate. "And heroically hath finished A life heroic." (Milton) 2. To bestow the last required labour upon; to complete; to bestow the utmost possible labour upon; to perfect; to accomplish; to polish. Synonym: To end, terminate, close, conclude, complete, accomplish, perfect. Origin: F. Finir (with a stem finiss- in several forms, whence E. -ish: see -ish),fr. L. Finire to limit, finish, end, fr. Finis boundary, limit, end; perh. For fidnis, and akin findere to cleave, E. Fissure. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Finish

finish (current term)
finish coat
finish line
finish lines
finish nail
finish off
finish out
finish up
finish with
finished good
finished goods
finished off
finished product

Literary usage of Finish

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare (1912)
"Helena takes the hand of Demetrius, Hermia that of Lysander, the men cross to each other and clasp hands, then each turns to his lady, they embrace, finish ..."

2. Lockwood's Directory of the Paper and Allied Trades by Harry Dyer, Sophie M. Wolert, Vance Publishing Corporation (1905)
"Straw Board and Chip Board, Medium finish, 21-7 inches=2150 thousandths or ... 4 or Extra Smooth finish, 2000 thousandths. Air Dried or Double Straw Board, ..."

3. Report by Illinois Highway Commission (1913)
"finish. The surface of the road should not be f>nished smooth, but left slightly rough. This may be done by the workmen using a wood float or it may be done ..."

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