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Finish appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Dr. Jekyll vows to finish zapping quixotic bum. (38 letters)
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Finish appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • Dash sin if I finish sad.
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Usage statistics for the verb finish:

spoken English70.42%written English29.58% conversational speech62.48%task-oriented speech37.52% imaginative writing71.07%informational writing28.93%
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The word finish is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun finish

What does finish mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: finishes

  1. a decorative texture or appearance of a surface (or the substance that gives it that appearance)
    • examples: 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
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of finish: coating / finishing
    • more generic word: decorativeness = an appearance that serves to decorate and make something more attractive
    • more specific words:
      • glaze = a coating for ceramics, metal, etc.
      • shoeshine = a shiny finish put on shoes with polish and buffing
  2. the temporal end; the concluding time
  3. a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality
  4. the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey)
    • example: a crowd assembled at the finish
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • synonyms of finish: destination / goal
    • more generic words: end / terminal = either extremity of something that has length
    • more specific terms: finishing line / finish line = a line indicating the location of the finish of a race
  5. designated event that concludes a contest (especially a race)
  6. the downfall of someone (as of persons on one side of a conflict)
    • examples: booze will be the finish of him | it was a fight to the finish
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • more generic words: downfall / ruin / ruination = failure that results in a loss of position or reputation
  7. event whose occurrence ends something
  8. (wine tasting) the taste of a wine on the back of the tongue (as it is swallowed)
  9. the act of finishing

Alternative definition of the noun finish


  1. An end: the end of anything.
  2. A protective coating given to wood or metal and other surfaces.
  3. The result of any process changing the physical or chemical properties of cloth.
  4. [sports] A shot on goal, especially one that ends in a goal.

Specialised definition of the noun finish

Glossary of sports

the final part of a race, especially a sprint, acceleration or challenge, near the finishing line (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

the end of a competition course marked by lines, posts, etc. In several sport disciplines the sequence of competitors reaching the finish is supervised by finish judges and recorded with finish time cameras (electronic time measurement). (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / rowing

when the blade is brought out of the water at the end of the stroke (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb finish

What does finish mean as a doing word?

Finish is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: finished | finishing | finishes

  1. come or bring to a finish or an end
  2. finally be or do something
  3. have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical
  4. provide with a finish
    • examples: The carpenter finished the table beautifully | this shirt is not finished properly
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: coat / surface = put a coat on; cover the surface of
    • more specific words:
      • dress = put a finish on
      • broom = finish with a broom
  5. finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table
  6. cause to finish a relationship with somebody
    • example: That finished me with Mary
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: end / terminate = bring to an end or halt

Alternative definition of the verb finish


  1. [transitive] To complete (something).
  2. [transitive] To apply a treatment to (a surface or similar).
  3. [transitive] To change an animal's food supply in the months before it is due for slaughter, with the intention of fattening the animal.
  4. [intransitive] To come to an end.

Specialised definition of the verb finish

Glossary of sports / darts

to win a game of darts by hitting the required double (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)


Finish: Methods used to finish the frame surface.

Phrases with Finish

Phrases starting with the word Finish:

  1. finish up
  2. finish off
  3. finish out
  4. finish coat
  5. finish line
  6. Finish Nail
  7. Finish with

Phrases ending with the word Finish:

  1. to finish
  2. Dead Finish
  3. photo finish
  4. runner-up finish
  5. first-place finish
  6. third-place finish
  7. second-place finish
  8. from start to finish

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Finish

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Google previewWhat an Advertiser Should Know (1914)

A Handbook for Everyone who Advertises by Henry C. Taylor

MACHINE FINISH is a smoother paper than antique, having been passed through calendering rolls which are heated with steam. S. & C. paper is that which has been both sized and calendered. Sizing is the process of applying a resinous ...

Google previewGun Digest Illustrated Guide to Modern Firearms (2012)

by Jennifer Pearsall

The camo pattern is Mossy Oak's Infinity, and the metal finish is a Premium CeraKote.

Google previewCement and Engineering News (1918)

The finish is a part of the floor and adds to the strength of the slab. The total thickness of...

Among the objections which have been voiced against the granolithic finish is the complaint that these floors sometimes dust. It is true that such floors ...

Google previewGym-Free Journal (2014)

Bodyweight Workouts for Getting Ripped by Brett Stewart

Moving from exercise to exercise quickly during supersets, finishing every rep with proper form, putting the hammer down on sprints and speedwork and executing each workout from start to finish is the most efficient way to develop the ripped ...

Google previewBook of Landscape Gardening (1926)

by Frank Albert Waugh

In gardening, finish means several things, some of which we 58 XIII.

Google previewHistory, Performance and Conservation (2013)

by Barry Bridgwood, Lindsay Lennie

A wellmaintained paint finish is the best method of preventing deterioration. The closure of the majority of the major iron foundries means that it is much more of a specialist product and is no longer produced on a massproduction scale in the ...

Google previewGourd Crafts for the First Time (2002)

by Marilynn Host

mjw*K throe times a\ it wiaos ai\Hind, which was da tated by the wind's shape The polished finish is the result of sandinci and bufiinQ 2"tallx 2'/«" diametei ...

Google previewThe Tactics of Small Boat Racing (1966)

by Stuart H. Walker

The finish is the ultimate determination; here inches and milliseconds count. Nothing can be wasted, no chances taken witli a satisfactory position ...

Google previewThe History and Antiquities of the Seigniory of Holderness, in the East-Riding of the County of York (1841)

Including the Abbies of Meaux and Swine, Wwith the Priories of Nunkeeling and Burstall by George Poulson, William Dade

The finish is a plain battlement. There are four lancet windows of the same character on the west side of the transept ; on the east little more than a bare wall, with indications of communication to a chantry, or aisle to the transept. South transept ...

Google previewUniversal Dictionary of Mechanical Drawing (1906)

THE FINISH MARK'. / Drawn freehand. Consists of a thin, straight pointer line, with two medium-weight barbs on one side of the line and a circular head on the other side. SIZE'. The standard is buT this should be varied to suit the character of ...

Google previewThe Fairchild Books Dictionary of Interior Design (2014)

by Mark Hinchman

Polyester Durability: Soil resistance: Abrasion resistance: Resilience: Care requirements: Additional comments: Good Fair unless soil-resistant finish is added. Good Good Easy care; resists most soil; oil-based stains may be difficult to remove.

Google previewCraftsman's Illustrated Dictionary of Construction Terms (1994)

by James T. Frane

limestone, honed finish -limestone with a very fine smooth finish. Used in building where a near polished surface appearance is desired. See also limestone. limestone, machine-tooled finish - limestone blocks with four to ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy: K-Z (2003)

by Jack Rabin

For each activity, the earliest finish time is equal to the earliest time that the activity could begin in addition to the time needed to complete the activity. For example, the earliest start time for activity E is, obviously, zero; at the initiation of activity ...

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Usage statistics about finish

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb finish:

spoken English70.42%written English29.58% conversational speech62.48%task-oriented speech37.52% imaginative writing71.07%informational writing28.93%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun finish:


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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb finish:


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Quotes about Finish

Always remember, you can never finish work, but work can finish you. (Louis Keisler)
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Scrabble value of F4I1N1I1S1H4

The value of this 6-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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