refine has definitions from the field of chemistry
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[ verb ] improve or perfect by pruning or polishing

Synonyms

polish down fine-tune

Examples

"refine one's style of writing"

Used in print

(Chester G. Starr, The Origins of Greek Civili...)

The severe yet harmonious vases of the previous fifty years , the Strong Geometric style of the late ninth century , display as firm a mastery of the principles underlying Geometric pottery ; but artists now were ready to refine and elaborate their inheritance .

Related terms

better educate

2
[ verb ] improve or perfect by pruning or polishing

Examples

"refine one's style of writing"

3
[ verb ] make more complex, intricate, or richer

Examples

"refine a design or pattern"

Used in print

(Harold Rosenberg, "The Trial and Eichmann"...)

It was the conclusion of the first phase of a process of tragic recollection , and of refining the recollection , that will last as_long_as there are Jews .

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[ verb ] (chemistry) reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities

Synonyms

rectify

Examples

"refine sugar"

Related terms

purify rectification refining

5
[ verb ] treat or prepare so as to put in a usable condition

Examples

"refine paper stock" "refine pig iron" "refine oil"

Related terms

process refining

6
[ verb ] attenuate or reduce in vigor, strength, or validity by polishing or purifying

Examples

"many valuable nutrients are refined out of the foods in our modern diet"

Related terms

attenuate

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[ verb ] make more precise or increase the discriminatory powers of

Examples

"refine a method of analysis" "refine the constant in the equation"

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