finish

Definitions

Agriculture

Banking

  • noun an end of a day’s trading on the Stock Exchange

Cars & Driving

  • noun the general appearance or condition of a surface, either painted or unpainted
  • verb to give (a surface) its final treatment, resulting in a certain appearance

Commerce

  • verb to do something or to make something completely

Construction

  • The texture of a surface after compacting and finishing operations have been performed.
  • A high-quality piece of lumber graded for appearance and often used for interior trim or cabinet work.

Electronics

  • An outer coating or final treatment for a surface. A finish may be applied to protect, impart desired properties, or to decorate.

Publishing

  • noun the final appearance of something, especially the surface given to paper by rolling, coating or embossing
  • verb to carry out the last part of the book production process

Real Estate

  • verb to treat something, especially wood or metal, in order to achieve a desired surface effect

Sports

  • noun the final part of a race, especially a sprint, acceleration or challenge, near the finishing line

Wine

  • the taste that lingers in your mouth after you swallow the wine. It is often the best indicator of the quality of a wine. The length of time the taste lingers can vary from a short to a long finish.

Origin & History of “finish”

The Latin verb *fīnīre, a derivative of fīnis ‘end, limit’, signified ‘limit’ as well as ‘complete’, but it is the latter which has come down to English via feniss-, the stem of Old French fenir. The Latin past participle, fīnītus, gave English finite (15th c.).
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