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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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. 
  I  will  bring  the  third  part  through  the  fire,  and 
  will  refine  them  as  silver  is  refined.  --Zech.  xiii. 
  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. 
  Syn:  To  purify;  clarify;  polish;  ennoble. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Refine  \Re*fine"\,  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. 
  2.  To  improve  in  accuracy,  delicacy,  or  excellence. 
  Chaucer  refined  on  Boccace  and  mended  his  stories. 
  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.  ``He 
  makes  another  paragraph  about  our  refining  in 
  controversy.''  --Atterbury. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  v  1:  improve  or  perfect  by  pruning  or  polishing;  "refine  one's 
  style  of  writing"  [syn:  {polish},  {fine-tune},  {down}] 
  2:  make  more  complex,  intricate,  or  richer;  "refine  a  design  or 
  pattern"  [syn:  {complicate},  {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 
  5:  attenuate  or  reduce  in  vigor,  strength,  or  validity  by 
  polishing  or  purifying;  "many  valuble  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 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
  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:  . 

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