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  2  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  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  the  process  of  removing  impurities  from  oil  or  metals  or 
  sugar  [syn:  {refinement}] 

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