refreshing

[ri-fresh-ing]

Origin:
1570–80; refresh + -ing2

refreshingly, adverb
refreshingness, noun
unrefreshing, adjective
unrefreshingly, adverb
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refresh

[ri-fresh]
verb (used with object)
1.
to provide new vigor and energy by rest, food, etc. (often used reflexively).
2.
to stimulate (the memory).
3.
to make fresh again; reinvigorate or cheer (a person, the mind, spirits, etc.).
4.
to freshen in appearance, color, etc., as by a restorative.
5.
Computers.
a.
to display (an image) repeatedly, as on a CRT, in order to prevent fading.
b.
to read and write (the contents of dynamic storage) at intervals in order to avoid loss of data.
verb (used without object)
6.
to take refreshment, especially food or drink.
7.
to become fresh or vigorous again; revive.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English refreschen < Middle French refreschir, Old French. See re-, fresh

refreshful, adjective
refreshfully, adverb
unrefreshed, adjective
well-refreshed, adjective


1. revive. 3. freshen, enliven, reanimate. 4. restore, repair, renovate, renew, retouch.


3. dispirit, discourage.
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refresh (rɪˈfrɛʃ)
 
vb
1.  (usually tr or reflexive) to make or become fresh or vigorous, as through rest, drink, or food; revive or reinvigorate
2.  (tr) to enliven (something worn or faded), as by adding new decorations
3.  (tr) to stimulate (the memory)
4.  (tr) to replenish, as with new equipment or stores
5.  computing to display the latest updated version (of a web page or document); reload
 
[C14: from Old French refreschir; see re-, fresh]
 
re'freshful
 
adj

refreshing (rɪˈfrɛʃɪŋ)
 
adj
1.  able to or tending to refresh; invigorating
2.  pleasantly different or novel
 
refreshingly
 
adv

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refresh
late 14c., from O.Fr. refrescher (12c.; Fr. rafraîchir), from re- "again" + fresche "fresh" (Mod.Fr. frais), from a Gmc. source (cf. O.H.G. frisc "fresh," see fresh). Mental or spiritual sense of refreshing is attested from 1690s. Refreshments "food or drink" first attested 1660s.
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refresh re·fresh (rĭ-frěsh')
v. re·freshed, re·fresh·ing, re·fresh·es

  1. To cause to recuperate; revive.

  2. To renew by stimulation.

  3. To pare or scrape the edges of a wound to promote healing.

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Example sentences
There was something even refreshing in it, as in a northeaster to a hardy temperament.
It's refreshing to read something with culture, history and relevance within the context of the war reports.
The explanation of this is the refreshing of the sensibility of the retina.
The summers are extraordinarily mild, and there is always a refreshing breeze,
  seldom high winds.
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