re·​fine·​ment | \ ri-ˈfīn-mənt How to pronounce refinement (audio) \

Definition of refinement

1 : the action or process of refining
2 : the quality or state of being refined : cultivation
3a : a refined feature or method
b : a highly refined distinction : subtlety
c : a contrivance or device intended to improve or perfect

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Examples of refinement in a Sentence

the recent refinements in this area of medical technology had a sense of refinement that her small hometown couldn't satisfy, so she moved to New York City to be closer to great museums and concert halls
Recent Examples on the Web Most of Cajal’s discoveries were made possible by his refinement of staining procedures, the use of chemicals to highlight individual cells under a microscope. Matthew Hutson, WSJ, 11 Mar. 2022 While its remarkable refinement is offset by not-quite-great steering feel, its body is composed on any kind of road, its brakes are strong, and its ride is comfortable for daily chores. Car and Driver, 4 Feb. 2022 The hope is that with technical refinement, Gallimore’s play against the Steelers becomes a more regular occurrence in the future. John Owning, Dallas News, 4 Dec. 2020 For a coaching staff prepared to work through Woolen's lack of technical refinement, there could be a sizable payoff. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, 30 Apr. 2022 Shanghai’s announcement of the dates when the two lockdowns would be lifted appeared to show a further refinement in China’s approach. NBC News, 28 Mar. 2022 As a brand-building exercise, the GV70 is proof of concept that fusing design, materials, vehicle dynamics, luxury, and refinement is the way to make a mark in a crowded segment. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 27 Apr. 2022 Becky Quinn, the district’s director of curriculum and its gifted coordinator, presented to the board a review and refinement of the district’s K-12 health and physical education curricula. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 21 Apr. 2022 There is no shortage of the element itself, as lithium is almost everywhere on Earth, but pace of extraction/refinement is slow. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 19 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of refinement

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of refinement was circa 1611

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23 May 2022

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“Refinement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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re·​fine·​ment | \ ri-ˈfīn-mənt How to pronounce refinement (audio) \

Kids Definition of refinement

1 : the act or process of improving something or bringing something to a pure state refinement of sugar
2 : excellence of manners or tastes a person of refinement
3 : a small change meant to improve something

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