Overrefine
Overrefine \O`ver*re*fine"\, v. t. To refine too much. [1913 Webster]

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  • overrefine — /oh veuhr ri fuyn /, v.t., overrefined, overrefining. to refine excessively, as with oversubtle distinctions. [1705 15; OVER + REFINE] * * * …   Universalium

  • overrefine — verb To refine to an excessive degree …   Wiktionary

  • overrefine — v. overly refine; be excessively or undesirably fastidious about small refinements (especially regarding subtle points of an argument) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • overrefine — o ver•re•fine′ v. t. fined, fin•ing …   From formal English to slang

  • overrefine — /oʊvərəˈfaɪn/ (say ohvuhruh fuyn) verb (t) (overrefined, overrefining) to refine excessively …   Australian English dictionary

  • overrefine — v.tr. (also absol.) 1 refine too much. 2 make too subtle distinctions in (an argument etc.). * * * verb refine too much or with excess of subtlety He is overrefining this matter • Syn: ↑over refine • Derivationally related forms: ↑overrefinement… …   Useful english dictionary

  • over-refine — verb refine too much or with excess of subtlety He is overrefining this matter • Syn: ↑overrefine • Derivationally related forms: ↑overrefinement (for: ↑overrefine) • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • overrefined — [spelling only] * * * See overrefine. * * * …   Universalium

  • fine-tune — verb 1. make fine adjustments or divide into marked intervals for optimal measuring calibrate an instrument graduate a cylinder • Syn: ↑calibrate, ↑graduate • Derivationally related forms: ↑graduation (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • overrefinement — noun the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean • Syn: ↑distortion, ↑straining, ↑torture, ↑twisting • Derivationally related forms: ↑twist (for: ↑twisting), ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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