- Chemistry. the process of cracking low-octane petroleum fractions in order to increase the octane number.
Origin of reforming
- to form again.
Origin of re-form
- the improvement or amendment of what is wrong, corrupt, unsatisfactory, etc.: social reform; spelling reform.
- an instance of this.
- the amendment of conduct, belief, etc.
- to change to a better state, form, etc.; improve by alteration, substitution, abolition, etc.
- to cause (a person) to abandon wrong or evil ways of life or conduct.
- to put an end to (abuses, disorders, etc.).
- Chemistry. to subject to the process of reforming, as in refining petroleum.
- to abandon evil conduct or error: The drunkard promised to reform.
- (initial capital letter) of, relating to, or characteristic of Reform Jews or Reform Judaism: a Reform rabbi.
Origin of reform
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Examples from the Web for reforming
The biggest blowback will be against the ‘reforming’ Kentucky senator, because Republicans back cops, period.GOP Won’t Forgive Rand for Cop Critique
December 23, 2014
Therefore, reforming this trade is part of a comprehensive strategy, including regional governance reforms, to help end the war.Aaron Rodgers Takes Aim at Congo’s ‘Blood Minerals’ War
December 3, 2014
Enter a candidate like Bush, talking about the importance of a federal role in reforming education and immigration.Why Hillary vs. Jeb Would Be Great for America
April 13, 2014
When Francis was elected in March 2013, he made it clear that reforming the Vatican financial mess was a priority.The Vatican Bank Is Back From the Dead
Barbie Latza Nadeau
April 9, 2014
The new Russian leadership was far more interested in embracing Western-style democratic capitalism than in reforming socialism.Meet Stephen F. Cohen, Vladimir Putin's Best Friend in the American Media
March 16, 2014
We owe it to the sex, Renny, to give 'em a chance at reforming us.In the Midst of Alarms
Wife a blonde who likes to think she's reforming lower classes.Mixed Faces
The question is are you reformed, are you reforming, or are you worse than ever?The Boy Scout Treasure Hunters
Charles Henry Lerrigo
The London apprentices had been affected deeply by the Reforming preachers.The Reign of Mary Tudor
W. Llewelyn Williams.
Further, do not unite in marriage with a man of bad habits in the idea of reforming him.The Wedding Ring
T. De Witt Talmage
- (tr) to improve (an existing institution, law, practice, etc) by alteration or correction of abuses
- to give up or cause to give up a reprehensible habit or immoral way of life
- chem to change the molecular structure of (a hydrocarbon) to make it suitable for use as petrol by heat, pressure, and the action of catalysts
- an improvement or change for the better, esp as a result of correction of legal or political abuses or malpractices
- a principle, campaign, or measure aimed at achieving such change
- improvement of morals or behaviour, esp by giving up some vice
- to form anew
Word Origin and History for reforming
c.1300, "to convert into another and better form," from Old French reformer "rebuild, reconstruct, recreate" (12c.), from Latin reformare "to form again, change, transform, alter," from re- "again" (see re-) + formare "to form" (see form (n.)). Intransitive sense from 1580s.
Meaning "to bring (a person) away from an evil course of life" is recorded from early 15c.; of governments, institutions, etc., from early 15c. Related: Reformed; reforming. Reformed churches (1580s) usually are Calvinist as opposed to Lutheran. Reformed Judaism (1843) is a movement initiated in Germany by Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786). Reform school is attested from 1859.
"any proceeding which brings back a better order of things," 1660s, from reform (v.) and in some uses from French réforme. As a branch of Judaism from 1843.