(Re*frin"gent) a. [L. refringens, p. pr. of refringere. See Refract.] Pertaining to, or possessing,
refringency; refractive; refracting; as, a refringent prism of spar. Nichol.
(Reft) imp. & p. p. of Reave. Bereft.
Reft of thy sons, amid thy foes forlorn.Heber.
(Reft), n. A chink; a rift. See Rift. Rom. of R.
(Ref"uge) n. [F. réfuge, L. refugium, fr. refugere to flee back; pref. re- + figere. SEe Fugitive.]
1. Shelter or protection from danger or distress.
Rocks, dens, and caves! But I in none of theseMilton.
Find place or refuge.
We might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us.Heb. vi. 18.
2. That which shelters or protects from danger, or from distress or calamity; a stronghold which protects
by its strength, or a sanctuary which secures safety by its sacredness; a place inaccessible to an enemy.
The high hills are a refuger the wild goats.Ps. civ. 18.
The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed.Ps. ix. 9.
3. An expedient to secure protection or defense; a device or contrivance.
Their latest refugeShak.
Was to send him.
Light must be supplied, among gracefulrefuges, by terracing story in danger of darkness.Sir H. Wotton. Cities of refuge (Jewish Antiq.), certain cities appointed as places of safe refuge for persons who had
committed homicide without design. Of these there were three on each side of Jordan. Josh. xx.
House of refuge, a charitable institution for giving shelter and protection to the homeless, destitute, or
Syn. Shelter; asylum; retreat; covert.
(Ref"uge) v. t. To shelter; to protect. [Obs.]
(Ref`u*gee") n. [F. réfugié, fr. se réfugier to take refuge. See Refuge, n.]
1. One who flees to a shelter, or place of safety.
2. Especially, one who, in times of persecution or political commotion, flees to a foreign power or country
for safety; as, the French refugees who left France after the revocation of the edict of Nantes.
(Re*ful"gen*cy) n. [L. refulgentia. See Refulgent.] The quality
of being refulgent; brilliancy; splender; radiance.
(Re*ful"gent) a. [L. refulgens, p. pr. of refulgere to flash back, to shine bright; pref. re- re-
+ fulgere to shine. See Fulgent.] Casting a bright light; radiant; brilliant; resplendent; shining; splendid; as,
refulgent beams. Re*ful"gent*ly, adv.
So conspicuous and refulgent a truth.Boyle.