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

 re·fine·ment /rɪˈfaɪnmənt/

From: Network Terminology

 精化 細化

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·fine·ment n.
 1. The act of refining, or the state of being refined; as, the refinement or metals; refinement of ideas.
    The more bodies are of kin to spirit in subtilty and refinement, the more diffusive are they.   --Norris.
    From the civil war to this time, I doubt whether the corruptions in our language have not equaled its refinements.   --Swift.
 2. That which is refined, elaborated, or polished to excess; an affected subtilty; as, refinements of logic. “The refinements of irregular cunning.”
 Syn: -- Purification; polish; politeness; gentility; elegance; cultivation; civilization.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or
           impeccable quality; "they performed with great polish";
           "I admired the exquisite refinement of his prose";
           "almost an inspiration which gives to all work that
           finish which is almost art"--Joseph Conrad [syn: polish,
            culture, cultivation, finish]
      2: the result of improving something; "he described a
         refinement of this technique" [syn: elaboration]
      3: the process of removing impurities (as from oil or metals or
         sugar etc.) [syn: refining, purification]
      4: a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude;
         "without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy
         the humor"; "don't argue about shades of meaning" [syn: nuance,
          nicety, shade, subtlety]
      5: the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste;
         "a man of intellectual refinement"; "he is remembered for
         his generosity and civilization" [syn: civilization, civilisation]