4. Management or administration based on temporal or material interest, rather than on principles of
equity or honor; hence, worldly wisdom; dexterity of management; cunning; stratagem.
5. Prudence or wisdom in the management of public and private affairs; wisdom; sagacity; wit.
The very policy of a hostess, finding his purse so far above his clothes, did detect him.Fuller.
6. Motive; object; inducement. [Obs.]
What policy have you to bestow a benefit where it is counted an injury?Sir P. Sidney.
Syn. See Polity.
(Pol"i*cy), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Policied ; p. pr. & vb. n. Policying.] To regulate by laws; to
reduce to order. [Obs.] "Policying of cities." Bacon.
(Pol"i*cy), n. [F. police; cf. Pr. polissia, Sp. pólizia, It. pólizza; of uncertain origin; cf. L. pollex
thumb (as being used in pressing the seal), in LL. also, seal; or cf. LL. politicum, poleticum, polecticum,
L. polyptychum, account book, register, fr. Gr. having many folds or leaves; many + fold, leaf, from to
fold; or cf. LL. apodixa a receipt.]
1. A ticket or warrant for money in the public funds.
2. The writing or instrument in which a contract of insurance is embodied; an instrument in writing containing
the terms and conditions on which one party engages to indemnify another against loss arising from
certain hazards, perils, or risks to which his person or property may be exposed. See Insurance.
3. A method of gambling by betting as to what numbers will be drawn in a lottery; as, to play policy.
Interest policy, a policy that shows by its form that the assured has a real, substantial interest in the
matter insured. Open policy, one in which the value of the goods or property insured is not mentioned.
Policy book, a book to contain a record of insurance policies. Policy holder, one to whom
an insurance policy has been granted. Policy shop, a gambling place where one may bet on the
numbers which will be drawn in lotteries. Valued policy, one in which the value of the goods, property,
or interest insured is specified. Wager policy, a policy that shows on the face of it that the contract
it embodies is a pretended insurance, founded on an ideal risk, where the insured has no interest in
(Pol"ing) n. [From Pole a stick.]
1. The act of supporting or of propelling by means of a pole or poles; as, the poling of beans; the poling
of a boat.
2. (Gardening) The operation of dispersing worm casts over the walks with poles.
3. One of the poles or planks used in upholding the side earth in excavating a tunnel, ditch, etc.
(Pol"ish) a. [From Pole a Polander.] Of or pertaining to Poland or its inhabitants. - - n. The
language of the Poles.
(Pol"ish) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Polished ; p. pr. & vb. n. Polishing.] [F. polir, L. polire. Cf.
1. To make smooth and glossy, usually by friction; to burnish; to overspread with luster; as, to polish
glass, marble, metals, etc.