refine


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refine

 [re-fīn]
to purify or free from foreign matter.

re·fine

(rē-fīn'),
To free from impurities.

re·fine

(rĕ-fīn')
To free from impurities.

re·fine

(rē-fīn')
To free from impurities.

refine

to purify or free from foreign matter.
References in classic literature ?
Cast iron, however, if subjected to only one single fusion, is rarely sufficiently homogeneous; and it requires a second fusion completely to refine it by dispossessing it of its last earthly deposits.
Any nobleness begins at once to refine a man's features, any meanness or sensuality to imbrute them.
And suppose the objector to refine still further, and to draw the nice distinction that not only parts of tops, but whole tops, when they spin round with their pegs fixed on the spot, are at rest and in motion at the same time (and he may say the same of anything which revolves in the same spot), his objection would not be admitted by us, because in such cases things are not at rest and in motion in the same parts of themselves; we should rather say that they have both an axis and a circumference, and that the axis stands still, for there is no deviation from the perpendicular; and that the circumference goes round.