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refreshing

[ri-fresh-ing] /rɪˈfrɛʃ ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
having the power to restore freshness, vitality, energy, etc.:
a refreshing nap.
2.
pleasingly fresh or different:
a refreshing lack of pretense.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; refresh + -ing2
Related forms
refreshingly, adverb
refreshingness, noun
unrefreshing, adjective
unrefreshingly, adverb

refresh

[ri-fresh] /rɪˈfrɛʃ/
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.
  1. to display (an image) repeatedly, as on a CRT, in order to prevent fading.
  2. 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
Related forms
refreshful, adjective
refreshfully, adverb
unrefreshed, adjective
well-refreshed, adjective
Synonyms
1. revive. 3. freshen, enliven, reanimate. 4. restore, repair, renovate, renew, retouch.
Antonyms
3. dispirit, discourage.
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Examples for refreshing
  • There was something even refreshing in it, as in a northeaster to a hardy temperament.
  • 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.
  • When that happened, the sufferer would feel a refreshing coolness and probably recover.
  • Cut at home, it's easy to serve and eat and is refreshing even if it's a little bit warm.
  • The result is a refreshing display of thoughtful pairings and juxtapositions, including works by some lesser-known artists.
  • Juicy and refreshing pickle is rich in vitamins and minerals, and poor in calories.
  • It's refreshing to read something with culture, history and relevance within the context of the war reports.
  • It's a river so powerful and refreshing that people have been drawn to drink from its waters.
  • refreshing smell after rain was mixed with the aroma from nearby food stands.
British Dictionary definitions for refreshing

refresh

/rɪˈfrɛʃ/
verb
1.
(usually transitive or reflexive) to make or become fresh or vigorous, as through rest, drink, or food; revive or reinvigorate
2.
(transitive) to enliven (something worn or faded), as by adding new decorations
3.
(transitive) to stimulate (the memory)
4.
(transitive) to replenish, as with new equipment or stores
5.
(computing) to display the latest updated version (of a web page or document); reload
Derived Forms
refreshful, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French refreschir; see re-, fresh

refreshing

/rɪˈfrɛʃɪŋ/
adjective
1.
able to or tending to refresh; invigorating
2.
pleasantly different or novel
Derived Forms
refreshingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for refreshing
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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refreshing in Medicine

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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