Definitions of refine

  1. To become pure; to improve; to affect nicety or subtlety.
  2. To make subtle distinctions.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. To make pure; as, to refine sugar; clear from dross or worthless matter; as, to refine gold; free from coarseness or rudeness; as, to refine manners.
  6. To separate from extraneous matter: to reduce to a fine or pure state: to purify: to clarify: to polish: to make elegant: to purify the manners, morals, etc.
  7. To purify; polish.
  8. To become pure; to be cleared of feculent matter.
  9. To improve in accuracy, delicacy, or excellence.
  10. To affect nicety or subtilty in thought or language.
  11. To become fine or pure: to affect nicety: to improve in any kind of excellence.
  12. To become fine or pure.
  13. treat or prepare so as to put in a usable condition; " refine paper stock"; " refine pig iron"; " refine oil"
  14. make more precise or increase the discriminatory powers of; " refine a method of analysis"; " refine the constant in the equation"
  15. 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"
  16. To purify, as liquors, metals, manners, language, taste, morals.
  17. To free from dross or extraneous matter; to purify; to polish or improve, as in language, manners, taste, & c.; to improve in accuracy or excellence; to become pure.
  18. REFINER.
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