verb (used with object), re·fined, re·fin·ing.
verb (used without object), re·fined, re·fin·ing.
Origin of refine
Examples from the Web for refiner
Upton, the refiner, has a smoky chimney, that sets him and all the neighbourhood by the ears.Friends and Neighbors|Anonymous
Ralegh had some morsels of merquisite he had himself picked up assayed by a refiner.Sir Walter Ralegh|William Stebbing
Here also perished our Saxon refiner and discoverer of inestimable riches, as it was left amongst some of us in undoubted hope.Sir Humphrey Gilbert's Voyage to Newfoundland|Edward Hayes
The refiner takes then an assay with a small ladle, and when it cools, breaks it in a vice, to see the state of the copper.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines|Andrew Ure
The chief aim of the refiner is to remove these impurities without saponifying any of the neutral oil.The Handbook of Soap Manufacture|W. H. Simmons
Word Origin for refine
1580s, of metals, c.1590 of manners, from re-, intensive prefix, + obsolete fine (v.) "make fine," from fine (adj.) "delicate." Cf. French raffiner, Italian raffinare, Spanish refinar. General and figurative sense is recorded from 1590s; of sugar, from 1610s. Related: Refined; refining.