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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Refine \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.
The thoughts, and heart enlarges. --Milton.
Syn: To purify; clarify; polish; ennoble.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: the process of removing impurities (as from oil or metals
or sugar etc.) [syn: refining, refinement,
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