refinement


refinement

noun

  1. fineness or elegance of feeling, taste, manners, language, etc.
  2. an instance of refined feeling, manners, etc.
  3. the act or process of refining.
  4. the quality or state of being refined.
  5. a subtle point or distinction.
  6. subtle reasoning.
  7. an improved, higher, or extreme form of something: a refinement of the old system.
  8. Mathematics. a set whose elements include the elements of a given set.

noun

  1. the act of refining or the state of being refined
  2. a fine or delicate point, distinction, or expression; a subtlety
  3. fineness or precision of thought, expression, manners, etc; polish or cultivation
  4. a device, change, adaptation, etc, designed to improve performance or increase efficiency
n.

1610s, “act or process of refining; state of being pure,” from refine + -ment. Meaning “fineness of feeling” is from 1708.

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