But in the late 19th century, we learned how to refine grain and make white flour.
It makes us refine our arguments, and search for greater efficiencies, and do our jobs better.
I was left alone to refine and distil my art for decades, paring things down to their essence.
Iran imports food, machinery and even gasoline, as it cannot refine enough to fuel its own cars.
By giving Ashley a platform to refine her image, the paper makes itself hipper and more humane.
Elkington, in 1865, was the first to refine impure metallic copper electrolytically and recover the silver contained in it.
Loving is an art, and we all need to learn the art and to refine its practice.
The public exhibition of offenders in the pillory was not calculated to refine the manners of the people.
Beer does not refine, perhaps,97 but at any rate it mellows.
A tailor may try to refine himself for twenty years in succession, but he will still remain a tailor to us.
refine re·fine (rĭ-fīn')
v. re·fined, re·fin·ing, re·fines
To reduce to a pure state; purify.
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