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Meaning of REFINE

Pronunciation:  ri'fIn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  make more complex, intricate, or richer; "refine a design or pattern"
  2. [v]  make more precise or increase the discriminatory powers of; "refine a method of analysis"; "refine the constant in the equation"
  3. [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"
  4. [v]  improve or perfect by pruning or polishing; "refine one's style of writing"
  5. [v]  reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities; "refine sugar"
  6. [v]  treat or prepare so as to put in a usable condition; "refine paper stock"; "refine pig iron"; "refine oil"

REFINE is a 6 letter word that starts with R.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \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.
Computing Dictionary

1. "Research on Knowledge-Based Software Environments at Kestrel Institute", D.R. Smith et al, IEEE Trans Soft Eng, SE-11(11) (1985). E-mail: <[email protected]>.

2. Cordell Green et al, Stanford U. Uses logic to specify and evolve programs. Reasoning Systems, Inc. E-mail: <[email protected]>.