Refine Re*fine", v. i. 1. To become pure; to be cleared of feculent matter. [1913 Webster]

So the pure, limpid stream, when foul with stains, Works itself clear, and, as it runs, refines. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. To improve in accuracy, delicacy, or excellence. [1913 Webster]

Chaucer refined on Boccace, and mended his stories. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

But let a lord once own the happy lines, How the wit brightens! How the style refines! --Pope. [1913 Webster]

3. To affect nicety or subtilty in thought or language. ``He makes another paragraph about our refining in controversy.'' --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • refine — UK US /rɪˈfaɪn/ verb [T] ► PRODUCTION to improve something or to make it pure, especially by removing material that is not wanted: »Crude oil is industrially refined to purify it. ► to improve an idea, a method, a system, etc. by making small… …   Financial and business terms

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