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Wordnet 3.0

VERB (6)

1. improve or perfect by pruning or polishing;
- Example: "refine one's style of writing"
[syn: polish, refine, fine-tune, down]

2. make more complex, intricate, or richer;
- Example: "refine a design or pattern"
[syn: complicate, refine, rarify, elaborate]

3. treat or prepare so as to put in a usable condition;
- Example: "refine paper stock"
- Example: "refine pig iron"
- Example: "refine oil"

4. reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities;
- Example: "refine sugar"
[syn: refine, rectify]

5. attenuate or reduce in vigor, strength, or validity by polishing or purifying;
- Example: "many valuable nutrients are refined out of the foods in our modern diet"

6. make more precise or increase the discriminatory powers of;
- Example: "refine a method of analysis"
- Example: "refine the constant in the equation"


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. [1913 Webster] I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined. --Zech. xiii. 9. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Love refines The thoughts, and heart enlarges. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Syn: To purify; clarify; polish; ennoble. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Refine \Re*fine"\, v. i. 1. To become pure; to be cleared of feculent matter. [1913 Webster] So the pure, limpid stream, when foul with stains, Works itself clear, and, as it runs, refines. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 2. To improve in accuracy, delicacy, or excellence. [1913 Webster] Chaucer refined on Boccace, and mended his stories. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] But let a lord once own the happy lines, How the wit brightens! How the style refines! --Pope. [1913 Webster] 3. To affect nicety or subtilty in thought or language. "He makes another paragraph about our refining in controversy." --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

refine v 1: improve or perfect by pruning or polishing; "refine one's style of writing" [syn: polish, refine, fine-tune, down] 2: make more complex, intricate, or richer; "refine a design or pattern" [syn: complicate, refine, rarify, elaborate] 3: treat or prepare so as to put in a usable condition; "refine paper stock"; "refine pig iron"; "refine oil" 4: reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities; "refine sugar" [syn: refine, rectify] 5: 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" 6: make more precise or increase the discriminatory powers of; "refine a method of analysis"; "refine the constant in the equation"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

164 Moby Thesaurus words for "refine": abate, abrade, abstract, acculturate, advance, ameliorate, amend, bate, beautify, better, bolt, boost, bring forward, carve, chisel, civilize, clarify, cleanse, clear, colliquate, concentrate, convert, cultivate, curtail, decoct, decontaminate, decrassify, decrease, deduct, defrost, depreciate, depurate, derogate, detract, develop, diminish, disparage, distill, drain, eat away, edify, educate, edulcorate, elaborate, elevate, elute, embellish, emend, enhance, enlighten, enrich, erode, essentialize, evolve, excite, express, extract, fatten, favor, file away, filter, filtrate, finish, flux, focus, forward, foster, fuse, go straight, grow, harvest, hone, impair, improve, improve upon, infuse, lard, leach, lessen, lift, lixiviate, machine, make an improvement, make sensitive, mature, meliorate, melt, melt down, mend, mill, mine, narrow, nurture, oversimplify, percolate, perfect, polish, press out, process, promote, pump, purify, quicken, raise, rear, rectify, reduce, reduce to elements, refine upon, reform, remove, render, retrench, ripen, round, rub away, run, screen, season, sensibilize, sensitize, separate, sharpen, shorten, sieve, sift, simplify, sleek, slick, smelt, smooth, soak, socialize, spiritualize, steep, stimulate, stir, straighten out, strain, streamline, strip down, subduct, sublimate, sublime, subtilize, subtract, take away, take from, thaw, thin, thin out, transfigure, transform, try, unfreeze, upgrade, uplift, wear away, weed, whet, winnow, withdraw, wring, wring out
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

REFINE 1. "Research on Knowledge-Based Software Environments at Kestrel Institute", D.R. Smith et al, IEEE Trans Soft Eng, SE-11(11) (1985). E-mail: . 2. Cordell Green et al, Stanford U. Uses logic to specify and evolve programs. [same as 1?] Reasoning Systems, Inc. E-mail: .