from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of refining.
- n. The result of refining; an improvement or elaboration.
- n. The state or quality of being refined; cultivation, as in manners or taste.
- n. A keen or precise phrasing; a subtle distinction.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act, or the result of refining; the removal of impurities, or a purified material
- n. High-class style; cultivation.
- n. A fine or subtle distinction.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of refining, or the state of being refined
- n. That which is refined, elaborated, or polished to excess; an affected subtilty.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of refining or purifying; the act of separating from a substance all extraneous matter; purification: clarification: as, the refinement of metals or liquors.
- n. The state of being pure or purified.
- n. The state of being free from what is coarse, rude, inelegant, debasing, or the like; purity of taste, mind, etc.; elegance of manners or language; culture.
- n. That which proceeds from refining or a desire to refine; a result of elaboration, polish, or nicety: often used to denote an over-nicety, or affected subtlety: as, the refinements of logic or philosophy; the refinements of cunning.
- n. Excessive or extravagant compliment; a form of expression intended to impose on the hearer.
- n. Synonyms Cultivation, etc. See culture.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude
- n. the result of improving something
- n. the process of removing impurities (as from oil or metals or sugar etc.)
- n. a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality
- n. the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste
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