Referendary to Reflueus
(Ref`er*en"da*ry) n. [LL. referendarius, fr. L. referendus to be referred, gerundive of referre: cf.
F. référendaire. See Refer.]
1. One to whose decision a cause is referred; a referee. [Obs.] Bacon.
2. An officer who delivered the royal answer to petitions. "Referendaries, or masters of request." Harmar.
3. Formerly, an officer of state charged with the duty of procuring and dispatching diplomas and decrees.
(||Ref`er*en"dum) n. [Gerundive fr. L. referre. See Refer.]
1. A diplomatic agent's note asking for instructions from his government concerning a particular matter
2. The right to approve or reject by popular vote a meassure passed upon by a legislature.
(Ref`er*en"tial) a. Containing a reference; pointing to something out of itself; as, notes for
referential use. Ref`er*en"tial*ly, adv.
(Re*fer"ment) n. The act of referring; reference. Laud.
(Re`-fer*ment") v. t. & i. To ferment, or cause to ferment, again. Blackmore.
(Re*fer"rer) n. One who refers.
(Re*fer"ri*ble) a. Referable. Hallam.
(Re*fig"ure) v. t. To figure again. Shak.
(Re*fill") v. t. & i. To fill, or become full, again.
(Re*find") v. t. To find again; to get or experience again. Sandys.
(Re*fine") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Refined (-find"); p. pr. & vb. n. Refining.] [Pref. re- + fine to
make fine: cf. F. raffiner.]
1. To reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; to free from impurities; to free from dross or alloy; to separate
from extraneous matter; to purify; to defecate; as, to refine gold or silver; to refine iron; to refine wine or
I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined.Zech. xiii. 9.
2. To purify from what is gross, coarse, vulgar, inelegant, low, and the like; to make elegant or exellent; to
polish; as, to refine the manners, the language, the style, the taste, the intellect, or the moral feelings.
The thoughts, and heart enlarges.
Syn. To purify; clarify; polish; ennoble.
(Re*fine"), v. i.
1. To become pure; to be cleared of feculent matter.
So the pure, limpid stream, when foul with stains,Addison.
Works itself clear, and, as it runs, refines.