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"
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"
Specialized synonyms: Close, Top, Top Off, Clear Up, Finish Off, Finish Up, Get Through, Mop Up, Polish Off, Wrap Up, See Through, Finish Out, Round Out, Carry Out, Follow Out, Follow Through, Follow Up, Go Through, Implement, Put Through, Accomplish, Action, Carry Out, Carry Through, Execute, Fulfil, Fulfill
Generic synonyms: End, Terminate
Derivative terms: Completion, Finisher, Finishing
3. Noun. The temporal end; the concluding time. "They were playing better at the close of the season"
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"
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"
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"
Specialized synonyms: Pass Away, Lapse, Cut Out, Go Out, Adjourn, Break Up, Recess, Disappear, Vanish, Climax, Culminate, Run Out, Go, Run Low, Run Short, Disappear, Go Away, Vanish, Close, Conclude, Come Out, Turn Out, Discontinue, Break
Derivative terms: End, End, End, End, End, End, End, End, Terminative, Terminus
7. Noun. The place designated as the end (as of a race or journey). "He was nearly exhausted as their destination came into view"
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"
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"
Specialized synonyms: Draw, Standoff, Tie, Photo Finish, Runner-up Finish, Second-place Finish, Third-place 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"
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"
12. Verb. Cause to finish a relationship with somebody. "That finished me with Mary"
13. Noun. Event whose occurrence ends something. "When these final episodes are broadcast it will be the finish of the show"
Generic synonyms: Happening, Natural Event, Occurrence, Occurrent
Specialized synonyms: End, Final Stage, Last, Final Result, Outcome, Result, Resultant, Termination, Foregone Conclusion, Matter Of Course, Demolition, Destruction, Wipeout, Omega, Z, Halt, Stop, Triumph, Victory, Defeat, Licking
Derivative terms: End, End
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"
Category relationships: Tasting
15. Noun. The act of finishing. "The speaker's finishing was greeted with applause"
Specialized synonyms: Close, Closing Curtain, Finale, Finis
Generic synonyms: Closing, Completion, Culmination, Mop Up, Windup
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
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
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)
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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 ..."