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re·fine

 (rĭ-fīn′)
v. re·fined, re·fin·ing, re·fines
v.tr.
1. To reduce to a pure state; purify.
2. To remove by purifying.
3. To free from coarse, unsuitable, or immoral characteristics: refined his manners; refined her speaking style.
v.intr.
1. To become free of impurities.
2. To acquire polish or elegance.
3. To use precise distinctions and subtlety in thought or speech.

re·fin′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.refining - the process of removing impurities (as from oil or metals or sugar etc.)refining - the process of removing impurities (as from oil or metals or sugar etc.)
processing - preparing or putting through a prescribed procedure; "the processing of newly arrived immigrants"; "the processing of ore to obtain minerals"
rectification - (chemistry) the process of refinement or purification of a substance by distillation

refining

adjective
References in classic literature ?
He also asked permission to get some dried meat and maize, saying that they were so busy with the work of refining that they had no time to hunt.
It would be refining too much, perhaps, even considering his monomania, to hint that his vindictiveness towards the White Whale might have possibly extended itself in some degree to all sperm whales, and that the more monsters he slew by so much the more he multiplied the chances that each subsequently encountered whale would prove to be the hated one he hunted.
It is not noble to love the beautiful, or to live for it, or by it; and it may even not be refining.