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NOUN (9)

1. a decorative texture or appearance of a surface (or the substance that gives it that appearance);
- Example: "the boat had a metallic finish"
- Example: "he applied a coat of a clear finish"
- Example: "when the finish is too thin it is difficult to apply evenly"
[syn: coating, finish, finishing]

2. the temporal end; the concluding time;
- Example: "the stopping point of each round was signaled by a bell"
- Example: "the market was up at the finish"
- Example: "they were playing better at the close of the season"
[syn: stopping point, finale, finis, finish, last, conclusion, close]

3. a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality;
- Example: "they performed with great polish"
- Example: "I admired the exquisite refinement of his prose"
- Example: "almost an inspiration which gives to all work that finish which is almost art"--Joseph Conrad
[syn: polish, refinement, culture, cultivation, finish]

4. the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey);
- Example: "a crowd assembled at the finish"
- Example: "he was nearly exhausted as their destination came into view"
[syn: finish, destination, goal]

5. designated event that concludes a contest (especially a race);
- Example: "excitement grew as the finish neared"
- Example: "my horse was several lengths behind at the finish"
- Example: "the winner is the team with the most points at the finish"

6. the downfall of someone (as of persons on one side of a conflict);
- Example: "booze will be the finish of him"
- Example: "it was a fight to the finish"

7. event whose occurrence ends something;
- Example: "his death marked the ending of an era"
- Example: "when these final episodes are broadcast it will be the finish of the show"
[syn: ending, conclusion, finish]

8. (wine tasting) the taste of a wine on the back of the tongue (as it is swallowed);
- Example: "the wine has a nutty flavor and a pleasant finish"

9. the act of finishing;
- Example: "his best finish in a major tournament was third"
- Example: "the speaker's finishing was greeted with applause"
[syn: finish, finishing]


VERB (6)

1. come or bring to a finish or an end;
- Example: "He finished the dishes"
- Example: "She completed the requirements for her Master's Degree"
- Example: "The fastest runner finished the race in just over 2 hours others finished in over 4 hours";
[syn: complete, finish]

2. finally be or do something;
- Example: "He ended up marrying his high school sweetheart"
- Example: "he wound up being unemployed and living at home again"
[syn: finish up, land up, fetch up, end up, wind up, finish]

3. have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical;
- Example: "the bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed"
- Example: "Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other"
- Example: "My property ends by the bushes"
- Example: "The symphony ends in a pianissimo"
[syn: end, stop, finish, terminate, cease]

4. provide with a finish;
- Example: "The carpenter finished the table beautifully"
- Example: "this shirt is not finished properly"

5. finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table;
- Example: "She polished off the remaining potatoes"
[syn: eat up, finish, polish off]

6. cause to finish a relationship with somebody;
- Example: "That finished me with Mary"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Finish \Fin"ish\, v. i. 1. To come to an end; to terminate. [1913 Webster] His days may finish ere that hapless time. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To end; to die. [R.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Finish \Fin"ish\, n. 1. That which finishes, puts an end to? or perfects. [1913 Webster] 2. (Arch.) The joiner work and other finer work required for the completion of a building, especially of the interior. See Inside finish, and Outside finish. [1913 Webster] 3. (Fine Arts) (a) The labor required to give final completion to any work; hence, minute detail, careful elaboration, or the like. (b) See Finishing coat, under Finishing. [1913 Webster] 4. The result of completed labor, as on the surface of an object; manner or style of finishing; as, a rough, dead, or glossy finish given to cloth, stone, metal, etc. [1913 Webster] 5. Completion; -- opposed to start, or beginning. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Finish \Fin"ish\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Finished; p. pr. & vb. n. Finishing.] [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.] 1. To arrive at the end of; to bring to an end; to put an end to; to make an end of; to terminate. [1913 Webster] And heroically hath finished A life heroic. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To bestow the last required labor upon; to complete; to bestow the utmost possible labor upon; to perfect; to accomplish; to polish. Syn: To end; terminate; close; conclude; complete; accomplish; perfect. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

finish n 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, finish, finishing] 2: 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, finish, last, conclusion, close] 3: 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, finish] 4: the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey); "a crowd assembled at the finish"; "he was nearly exhausted as their destination came into view" [syn: finish, destination, goal] 5: 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" 6: 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" 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, finish] [ant: beginning] 8: (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" 9: the act of finishing; "his best finish in a major tournament was third"; "the speaker's finishing was greeted with applause" [syn: finish, finishing] [ant: beginning, commencement, start] v 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, finish] 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, finish] 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, finish, terminate, cease] [ant: begin, start] 4: provide with a finish; "The carpenter finished the table beautifully"; "this shirt is not finished properly" 5: finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table; "She polished off the remaining potatoes" [syn: eat up, finish, polish off] 6: cause to finish a relationship with somebody; "That finished me with Mary"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

440 Moby Thesaurus words for "finish": Atticism, KO, Z, ablate, abort, absoluteness, absorb, accomplish, accomplishment, achieve, achievement, acquirement, acquisition, annihilate, annihilation, answer, answer conclusively, apodosis, appropriateness, argue down, assassinate, assimilate, attainment, balance, beat, beautify, bereave of life, best, bilateral symmetry, bleed white, border line, bound, boundary, boundary condition, boundary line, bourn, break boundary, breakoff point, bring down, buff, bump off, burn up, burnish, button up, call off, cancel, cap, carry away, carry off, carry out, carry to completion, catastrophe, cease, ceasing, ceiling, cessation, chasteness, chastity, chloroform, circumscription, clarity, classicalism, classicism, clean up, clearness, climax, clinch, close, close out, close up, closing, coda, comeliness, compass, complete, completing, completion, conclude, conclusion, confine, conformity, confound, confute, congruity, conquer, consistency, consume, consummate, consummation, contradict, controvert, cool, correctness, correspondence, crack of doom, crown, crush, culminate, culmination, cultivate, cultivation, curtain, curtains, cut down, cut off, cut short, cutoff, cutoff point, deadline, death, decease, defeat, defectlessness, delete, delimitation, demolish, denouement, deny, deplete, deprive of life, desistance, destination, destiny, destroy, destruction, determinant, determine, develop, devour, digest, dignity, directness, discrimination, dismiss, dispatch, dispose of, distinction, division line, do away with, do for, do in, do to death, doom, down, downfall, drain, drain of resources, drink up, drop the curtain, dust off, dynamic symmetry, ease, eat, eat up, effect, elaborate, elegance, elegancy, embellish, end, end off, end point, ending, envoi, epilogue, equality, equilibrium, erode, eschatology, eurythmics, eurythmy, evenness, evolve, execute, exhaust, expend, expiration, expunge, exterminate, extermination, extinguish, extremity, fate, faultlessness, feel, felicitousness, felicity, final solution, final twitch, final words, finale, finality, finalize, finis, finish off, finish up, finishing, fittingness, flawlessness, floor, flow, flowing periods, fluency, fold up, frontier, fulfill, full development, furbish, get done, get it over, get over with, get rid of, get through, get through with, give the quietus, glance, glaze, gloss, go, goal, gobble, gobble up, good taste, grace, gracefulness, gracility, grain, granular texture, halt, harmony, have done with, hedge, high-water mark, ice, immaculateness, immolate, impeccability, impoverish, indentation, infallibility, ingest, interface, izzard, kayo, keeping, kibosh, kill, killing, knock off, knock out, knub, last, last breath, last gasp, last things, last trumpet, last words, latter end, launch into eternity, let go, let loose, limen, limit, limitation, limiting factor, limpidity, line, line of demarcation, liquidate, low-water mark, lower limit, lucidity, luster, lynch, make away with, march, mark, martyr, martyrize, maturation, mature, maturity, mete, mop up, multilateral symmetry, murder, nap, naturalness, neatness, nip, nonplus, nub, omega, overcome, overthrow, overturn, overwhelm, parallelism, parry, patina, payoff, pellucidity, perfect, perfection, period, perorate, peroration, perspicuity, pile, pit, plainness, pock, poison, polarity, polish, polish off, proportion, proportionality, propriety, protuberance, purge, purity, put away, put down, put paid to, put to death, put to silence, put to sleep, quietus, rebut, reduce to silence, refine, refinement, refute, regularity, release, remove from life, resolution, resolve, resting place, restraint, ripen, ripeness, round out, rounding off, rounding out, rub, rub out, run through, sacrifice, scour, scrag, scrap, scratch, season, seemliness, set free, settle, shag, shapeliness, shine, shoot down, shut up, silence, simplicity, sinlessness, slaughter, slay, sleek, slick, slick down, smash all opposition, smoothness, spend, spotlessness, squander, squash, squelch, stainlessness, start, starting line, starting point, starve, stop, stoppage, stopping place, straightforwardness, structure, subvert, suck dry, surface, surface texture, swallow, swallow up, swan song, symmetricalness, symmetry, taintlessness, take life, take off, target date, taste, tastefulness, term, terminal, terminal date, terminate, termination, terminus, terseness, texture, threshold, time allotment, to, top off, top out, topping off, trilateral symmetry, ultimate, unaffectedness, undermine, uniformity, upper limit, upset, use up, varnish, wale, wash up, waste, waste away, wax, wear away, weave, wind up, windup, wipe out, woof, worst, wrap up, zap