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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR REFINING

Refining the courtship, raillery, and conversation of plays!

Paris did not fail to exercise its refining influence on Erasmus.

It was not faith, however, that had come to him, only a refining and quickening of his imagination.

In refining the loss is enormous, often as much as forty per cent.

The loss of gold in mining and refining is comparatively small.

The sago which we use for our puddings is made by refining the raw sago.

The love of Beauty is refining and elevating in its tendency.

This oil is separated from the plant, and then undergoes the process of refining.

What is the difference between the old and new process for refining saltpetre?

Every refining trait was subordinated to the exigencies of the gospel of force.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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