Definitions for: Refine

[v] make more complex, intricate, or richer; "refine a design or pattern"
[v] make more precise or increase the discriminatory powers of; "refine a method of analysis"; "refine the constant in the equation"
[v] attenuate or reduce in vigor, strength, or validity by polishing or purifying; "many valuable nutrients are refined out of the foods in our modern diet"
[v] improve or perfect by pruning or polishing; "refine one's style of writing"
[v] reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities; "refine sugar"
[v] treat or prepare so as to put in a usable condition; "refine paper stock"; "refine pig iron"; "refine oil"

Webster (1913) Definition: Re*fine" (r?*f?n"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Refined
(-find"); p. pr. & vb. n. Refining.] [Pref. re- + fine to
make fine: cf. F. raffiner.]
1. To reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; to free from
impurities; to free from dross or alloy; to separate from
extraneous matter; to purify; to defecate; as, to refine
gold or silver; to refine iron; to refine wine or sugar.

I will bring the third part through the fire, and
will refine them as silver is refined. --Zech. xiii.

2. To purify from what is gross, coarse, vulgar, inelegant,
low, and the like; to make elegant or exellent; to polish;
as, to refine the manners, the language, the style, the
taste, the intellect, or the moral feelings.

Love refines The thoughts, and heart enlarges.

Syn: To purify; clarify; polish; ennoble.

Re*fine", v. i.
1. To become pure; to be cleared of feculent matter.

So the pure, limpid stream, when foul with stains,
Works itself clear, and, as it runs, refines.

2. To improve in accuracy, delicacy, or excellence.

Chaucer refined on Boccace, and mended his stories.

But let a lord once own the happy lines, How the wit
brightens! How the style refines! --Pope.

3. To affect nicety or subtilty in thought or language. ``He
makes another paragraph about our refining in
controversy.'' --Atterbury.

Synonyms: complicate, down, elaborate, fine-tune, polish, rarify, rectify

See Also: alter, ameliorate, amend, attenuate, better, change, civilise, civilize, cultivate, develop, distill, educate, improve, involve, make pure, meliorate, process, purify, school, sophisticate, sublimate, train, treat

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