Meaning of REFINEMENT in English

rə̇ˈfīnmənt, rēˈf- noun

( -s )

1. : the action or process of refining

refinement of metals

refinement of torture

refinement of measuring techniques

2. : the quality or state of being refined : cultivation , elegance , polish

always comparing immigrant vitality with native refinement — M.D.Geismar

sniffed with exquisite refinement — Elinor Wylie


a. : something that is the product or outcome of a refining process or that conduces to refining : a refined feature or method

pursued the delicate art of suggestion to its furthest refinements — Maurice Bowra

b. : subtlety in reasoning

refinements of logic

refinement is what characterizes our intellectualist philosophies — William James

c. : a contrivance, device, or feature intended to improve or perfect

introduce refinements into a machine

this refinement will increase the cost of the automobile

d. : a slight departure from mechanical exactness or uniformity of line intended to enhance the beauty of a building or overcome undesirable optical effects

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