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 refining
Twin studies using EEG were subsequently performed more than a dozen times, refining protocols and controlling for design flaws.Knocking on Heaven's Door: True Stories of Unexplained, Uncanny Experiences at the Hour of Death|Patricia Pearson|August 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the New Year is also about planning ahead, refining a longer-term vision of balance and sustainability.
Other technologies are refining the concept of a “fit” between school and student.
Refining the way in which the screening is administered would be preferable to discarding it altogether, Knoepfler believes.Are PSA Screenings for Prostate Cancer Bad for Your Health?|Casey Schwartz|May 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
“We share this focus on refining, taking away complexity, removing anything unnecessary, doing fewer things but better,” he says.Nokia Lumia 900 Boasts Sleeker, More Modern Design Than Apple iPhone|Dan Lyons|January 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Such wax undergoes the operation of colouring as well as refining.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II|Arnold Cooley
This again was unlike the Ethel he knew, but sorrow has a refining effect on all characters.More William|Richmal Crompton
Music is one of the most refining factors among young men and women.Sixty Years of California Song|Margaret Blake-Alverson
All poetry and most literature is given up to this sentimentalizing or refining process.Modern Women and What is Said of Them|Anonymous
It was clear that this building had something to do with the ore, perhaps a refining plant, Durkin suggested.
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.