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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·fine v. t. [imp. & p. p. Refined p. pr. & vb. n. Refining.]
 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. 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.
 Syn: -- To purify; clarify; polish; ennoble.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·fined a. Freed from impurities or alloy; purifed; polished; cultured; delicate; as; refined gold; refined language; refined sentiments.
    Refined wits who honored poesy with their pens.   --Peacham.
 -- Re*fin*ed*ly adv. -- Re*fin*ed*ness, n.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: used of persons and their behavior; cultivated and genteel;
             "she was delicate and refined and unused to hardship";
             "refined people with refined taste" [ant: unrefined]
      2: freed from impurities by processing; "refined sugar";
         "refined oil"; "to gild refined gold"- Shakespeare [syn: processed]
         [ant: unrefined]
      3: showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that
         comes from wide social experience; "his polished manner";
         "maintained an urbane tone in his letters" [syn: polished,
          svelte, urbane]
      4: made pure [syn: purified, sublimate]
      5: suggesting taste, ease, and wealth [syn: elegant, graceful]
      6: free from what is tawdry or unbecoming; "a neat style"; "a
         neat set of rules"; "she hated to have her neat plans
         upset" [syn: neat, tasteful]