from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To revive with or as if with rest, food, or drink; give new vigor or spirit to.
- transitive v. To give new freshness or brightness to; restore.
- transitive v. To make cool, clean, or moist; freshen up.
- transitive v. To renew by stimulation: refresh one's memory.
- transitive v. To fill up again; replenish: refresh a drink.
- transitive v. Computer Science To renew (the image on a display screen) by renewing the flow of electrons from the cathode-ray tube: The faster a monitor refreshes images, the less it flickers.
- transitive v. Computer Science To maintain (data in a dynamic RAM) by sending a new electric pulse to recharge the chips.
- intransitive v. To take refreshment.
- intransitive v. To become fresh again; revive.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To renew or revitalize.
- v. To reload a webpage on the internet.
- v. To cause (a web browser or similar software) to refresh its display.
- v. To perform the periodic energizing required to maintain the contents of computer memory, the display luminance of a computer screen, etc.
- n. The periodic energizing required to maintain the contents of computer memory, the display luminance of a computer screen, etc.
- n. The update of a display (in a web browser or similar software) to show the latest version of the data.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make fresh again; to restore strength, spirit, animation, or the like, to; to relieve from fatigue or depression; to reinvigorate; to enliven anew; to reanimate.
- transitive v. To make as if new; to repair; to restore.
- n. The act of refreshing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make fresh or as if new again; freshen; improve; restore; repair; renovate.
- To make fresh or vigorous again; restore vigor or energy to; give new strength to; reinvigorate; recreate or revive after fatigue, privation, pain, or the like; reanimate.
- To steep and soak, particularly vegetables, in pure water with a view to restore their fresh appearance.
- To become fresh or vigorous again; revive; become reanimated or reinvig-orated.
- To take refreshment, as food or drink.
- To lay in a fresh stock of provisions.
- n. The act of refreshing; refreshment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. refresh one's memory
- v. make fresh again
- v. become or make oneself fresh again
- v. make (to feel) fresh
Middle English refresshen, from Old French refreschir : re-, re- + fres, fresche, fresh (of Germanic origin).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French refrescher (French: rafraîchir) (Wiktionary)