Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • * refresh and decide I don't care, but to dispense with the dumb "* refresh*" thing*

    natinski Diary Entry

  • The solution is to ask the programmer to make the label refresh on every change of the list box value, and to add a dynamic context to the label's message (using inContext method of KLocalizedString).

    KDE TechBase - Recent changes [en]

  • The solution is to ask the programmer to make the label refresh on every change of the list box value, and to add a '' dynamic context '' to the label's message

    KDE TechBase - Recent changes [en]

  • While we don’t know for sure when an iPhone refresh is coming, it’s a safe bet that all will be revealed in mid-June at Apple’s developers conference.

    Palm Should Go All In With Its Pre Marketing

  • Maybe the screen refresh is throwing off my mental comprehension processes?

    Starve a Bookworm, Save a Tree: The Pros and Cons of Going Paperless

  • Just plain refresh isn't good enough today, apparently.

    November 23rd, 2008

  • The thought of water, starting in some river or reservoir, traveling through a treatment plant run by god knows who with god knows what problems and conditions, running through miles of pipe laid by grubby plumber hands, corroding over the years, and finally dripping out the sponge-wiped end of a faucet to then wash or refresh is too much for him.

    Relatively Speaking...

  • The 2009 model year brought a few tweaks to exterior styling, interior upgrades, a higher redline and a slight bump in fuel economy, a midterm refresh to the current generation born in 2006.

    Boston Business News - Local Boston News | Boston Business Journal

  • In August, eMarketer predicted that the market for online video spending would hit a five-year percentage growth HP Mini-Note: rebates, larger display tipping off near-term refresh?

    NewTeeVee

  • And after you've clicked on several blog posts, look at the top of the row of blog posts and click on the blue button that says "refresh" - that will refresh the page and only list blog posts you haven't read yet.

    02/22/2007

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