What does refinement mean?

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rɪˈfaɪn məntre·fine·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. polish, refinement, culture, cultivation, finishnoun

    a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality

    "they performed with great polish"; "I admired the exquisite refinement of his prose"; "almost an inspiration which gives to all work that finish which is almost art"--Joseph Conrad

  2. refinement, elaborationnoun

    the result of improving something

    "he described a refinement of this technique"

  3. refining, refinement, purificationnoun

    the process of removing impurities (as from oil or metals or sugar etc.)

  4. nuance, nicety, shade, subtlety, refinementnoun

    a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude

    "without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor"; "don't argue about shades of meaning"

  5. refinement, civilization, civilisationnoun

    the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste

    "a man of intellectual refinement"; "he is remembered for his generosity and civilization"

Wiktionary

  1. refinementnoun

    The act, or the result of refining; the removal of impurities, or a purified material

  2. refinementnoun

    High-class style; cultivation.

  3. refinementnoun

    A fine or subtle distinction.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Refinementnoun

    Etymology: from refine.

    The more bodies are of kin to spirit in subtilty and refinement, the more diffusive are they. John Norris.

    From the civil war to this time, I doubt whether the corruptions in our language have not equalled its refinements. Jonathan Swift.

    The rules religion prescribes are more successful in publick and private affairs, than the refinements of irregular cunning. John Rogers.

    The flirts about town had a design to leave us in the lurch, by some of their late refinements. Joseph Addison, Guardian.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Refinementnoun

    the act of refining, or the state of being refined; as, the refinement or metals; refinement of ideas

  2. Refinementnoun

    that which is refined, elaborated, or polished to excess; an affected subtilty; as, refinements of logic

Freebase

  1. Refinement

    Refinement is a generic term of computer science that encompasses various approaches for producing correct computer programs and simplifying existing programs to enable their formal verification.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of refinement in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of refinement in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of refinement in a Sentence

  1. Jewel:

    I'm becoming more and more myself with time, I guess that's what grace is, the refinement of your soul through time.

  2. Bruce Lee:

    True refinement seeks simplicity.

  3. Edward Bulwer-Lytton:

    The same refinement which brings us new pleasures, exposes us to new pains.

  4. Albert Einstein:

    The physicist cannot simply surrender to the philosopher the critical contemplation of the theoretical foundations for he himself knows best and feels most surely where the shoe pinches.... he must try to make clear in his own mind just how far the concepts which he uses are justified... The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.

  5. Jochen Hermann:

    We picked an acoustic signal for the EQC about a year ago and made a choice between three different sounds, take the Mercedes-Benz S-Class 12-cylinder model. If that approaches you at 10 kilometers an hour you can also barely hear it, so we wanted a sound which also oozes refinement for the electric car.

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