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
Synonym: coating, finishing
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
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
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
Synonym: destination, goal
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
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
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
Synonym: conclusion, ending
(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
the act of finishing
his best finish in a major tournament was third|the speaker's finishing was greeted with applause
Synonym: finishing
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
Synonym: complete
finally be or do something
He ended up marrying his high school sweetheart|he wound up being unemployed and living at home again
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
Synonym: cease, end, stop, terminate
provide with a finish
The carpenter finished the table beautifully|this shirt is not finished properly
finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table
She polished off the remaining potatoes
Synonym: eat up, polish off
cause to finish a relationship with somebody
That finished me with Mary
Antonym: start