[ noun ] a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality
"he performed with great polish" "I admired the exquisite refinement of his prose" "almost an inspiration which gives to all work that finish which is almost art"--Conrad
Used in print(Arlin Turner, "William Faulkner, Southern Novelist"...)
There is evidence to suggest , in_fact , that many authors of the humorous sketches were prompted to write them - or to make them as indelicate as they are - by way of protesting against the artificial refinements which had come to dominate the polite letters of the South .
[ noun ] the result of improving something
"he described a refinement of this technique"
Used in print(Walter H. Buchsbaum, "Advances in Medical Electronics"...)
A refinement of this technique has been described by Drs._Zworykin and Farrar and Mr._Berkely of the Medical_Electronics_Center of the Rockefeller_Institute .