Refine

Definition of Refine

Re`fine´   Pronunciation: r?`f?n´
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Refined (-find"); p. pr. & vb. n. Refining.]
I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined.
- Zech. xiii. 9.
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.
- Milton.
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.
- Addison.
2.To improve in accuracy, delicacy, or excellence.
Chaucer refined on Boccace, and mended his stories.
- Dryden.
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.

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