- 1The process of removing impurities or unwanted elements from a substance: the refinement of uraniumMore example sentences
- The answer lies in the fact that these molecules (together with other minerals and nutrients) are removed from our daily diets by refinement processes.
- She spends nearly quarter of an hour talking me through the growing, shipping, refinement and chemical processes.
- The bulk vaccine will be produced in Baxter's production facility in Europe and then shipped to the United States for refinement and processing.
- 1.1The improvement or clarification of something by the making of small changes: this gross figure needs considerable refinement recent refinements to production techniquesMore example sentences
improvement, polishing, honing, fine-tuning, touching up, finishing off, revision, editing, reworking
- Two refinements I would like to see are an improved, wider trigger bar, and a somewhat longer stem.
- Thornton's basic typology remains persuasive, though later writers have added further refinements.
- A further refinement is to establish a standardized numbering system to label all structures in contested areas.
- 1.2Cultured elegance in behavior or manner: her carefully cultivated veneer of refinementMore example sentences
- Of course, calling Descartes the first nerd grossly ignores his personal refinement, elegant prose style, sly wit, even his surprising career as a soldier of fortune.
- This place was a vacation from the discriminating world, a place where culture and refinement took a step down to allow raw emotion to pass.
- These are people of refinement, they have manners and tact and I'm sure they're all expecting the same of you.
- 1.3Sophisticated and superior good taste: the refinement of Hellenistic artMore example sentences
- My own feeling is that Englishmen of taste and refinement prefer the longer word, but, sadly, American influence has meant that it is now falling out of use.
- The flowery schemes shouldn't work, but they do (the line between bad taste and refinement can be a fine one).
- It's a bit tacky, especially in comparison to the sophistication and refinement of the historic section.