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Definition of Refined

Babylon English

purified, filtered, distilled; cultivated, civilized, having fine manners or style
purify, filter, distill; cultivate, civilize, improve one's manners or style
Refined Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Refined Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(imp. & p. p.)
of Refine
  
(a.)
Freed from impurities or alloy; purifed; polished; cultured; delicate; as; refined gold; refined language; refined sentiments.
  
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refined
\re*fined"\ (-f?nd"), 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. -- re*fin"ed*ly (r&?;*f&?;n"&?;d*l&?;), adv. -- re*fin"ed*ness , n.
refined
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]




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The Phrase Finder
Meaning
Usually misquoted as 'to gild the lily'.
Origin
From Shakespeare's King John.
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JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Ednyfedd = n. that is refined
Teredig = a. clarified, refined
Anagram
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WordNet 2.0

Adjective
1. used of persons and their behavior; cultivated and genteel; "she was delicate and refined and unused to hardship"; "refined people with refined taste"
(antonym) unrefined
(similar) civilized, civilised, cultivated, cultured, genteel, polite
(see-also) civilized, civilised
2. freed from impurities by processing; "refined sugar"; "refined oil"; "to gild refined gold"- Shakespeare
(synonym) processed
(antonym) unrefined, unprocessed, crude
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"
(synonym) polished, svelte, urbane
(similar) sophisticated
4. made pure
(synonym) purified, sublimate
(similar) pure
5. suggesting taste, ease, and wealth
(synonym) elegant, graceful
(similar) gracious
6. free from what is tawdry or unbecoming; "a neat style"; "a neat set of rules"; "she hated to have her neat plans upset"
(synonym) neat, tasteful
(similar) elegant

Verb
1. improve or perfect by pruning or polishing; "refine one's style of writing"
(synonym) polish, fine-tune, down
(hypernym) better, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorate
(hyponym) overrefine, over-refine
(derivation) polish, refinement, culture, cultivation, finish
2. make more complex, intricate, or richer; "refine a design or pattern"
(synonym) complicate, rarify, elaborate
(hypernym) change, alter, modify
(hyponym) involve
3. treat or prepare so as to put in a usable condition; "refine paper stock"; "refine pig iron"; "refine oil"
(hypernym) process, treat
(derivation) refining, refinement, purification
4. reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities; "refine sugar"
(synonym) rectify
(hypernym) purify, sublimate, make pure, distill
(derivation) refining, refinement, purification
5. attenuate or reduce in vigor, strength, or validity by polishing or purifying; "many valuable nutrients are refined out of the foods in our modern diet"
(hypernym) attenuate
6. make more precise or increase the discriminatory powers of; "refine a method of analysis"; "refine the constant in the equation"
(hypernym) change, alter, modify
(derivation) nuance, nicety, shade, subtlety, refinement
Refined Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Refining (also perhaps called by the mathematical term affining) is the process of purification of a (1) substance or a (2) form. The term is usually used of a natural resource that is almost in a usable form, but which is more useful in its pure form. For instance, most types of natural petroleum will burn straight from the ground, but it will burn poorly and quickly clog an engine with residues and by-products. The term is broad, and may include more drastic transformations, such as the reduction of ore to metal (for which see Refining (metallurgy)).

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