Freshen Fresh"en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Freshened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Freshening}] 1. To make fresh; to separate, as water, from saline ingredients; to make less salty; as, to freshen water, fish, or flesh. [1913 Webster]

2. To refresh; to revive. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. (Naut.) To relieve, as a rope, by change of place where friction wears it; or to renew, as the material used to prevent chafing; as, to freshen a hawse. -- Totten. [1913 Webster]

{To freshen ballast} (Naut.), to shift Or restore it.

{To freshen the hawse}, to pay out a little more cable, so as to bring the chafe on another part.

{To freshen the way}, to increase the speed of a vessel. --Ham. Nav. Encyc. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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