purify

Definitions

  • Middling purifier
    Middling purifier
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v purify remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation "purify the water"
    • v purify make pure or free from sin or guilt "he left the monastery purified"
    • v purify become clean or pure or free of guilt and sin "The hippies came to the ashram in order to purify"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mussels can thrive in polluted water because of an inborn ability to purify bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
    • Purify Hence, in figurative uses: To free from guilt or moral defilement; as, to purify the heart. "And fit them so Purified to receive him pure."
    • Purify To free from ceremonial or legal defilement.
    • Purify To free from improprieties or barbarisms; as, to purify a language.
    • v. i Purify To grow or become pure or clear.
    • Purify To make pure or clear from material defilement, admixture, or imperfection; to free from extraneous or noxious matter; as, to purify liquors or metals; to purify the blood; to purify the air.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • purify To make pure or clear; free from contamination or extraneous admixture: as, to purify liquors or metals; to purify the blood; to purify the air.
    • purify To make ceremonially clean; cleanse or free from whatever pollutes or renders ceremonially unclean and unfit for sacred service.
    • purify To free from guilt, or the defilement of sin; free from whatever is sinful, vile, or base.
    • purify To elevate and free from barbarisms or inelegances: as, to purify a language.
    • purify To grow or become pure or clear.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Purify pū′ri-fī to make pure: to cleanse from foreign or hurtful matter: to free from guilt or uncleanness: to free from improprieties or barbarisms, as language
    • v.i Purify to become pure:—pa.t. and pa.p. pū′rifīed
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Quotations

  • Sir Richard Burton
    Sir Richard Burton
    “As threshing separates the wheat from the chaff, so does affliction purify virtue.”
  • Eliza Farnham
    Eliza Farnham
    “Each of the arts whose office is to refine, purify, adorn, embellish and grace life is under the patronage of a muse, no god being found worthy to preside over them.”
  • Hugh Blair
    Hugh Blair
    “What ever purifies the heart also fortifies it.”
  • Washington Irving
    Washington%20Irving
    “Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The water we drink has to be purified, but look at the trash we feed our minds.”
  • Alexis De Tocqueville
    Alexis%20De%20Tocqueville
    “The main business of religions is to purify, control, and restrain that excessive and exclusive taste for well-being which men acquire in times of equality.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. purifier, L. purificare,; purus, pure + -ficare,in comp.) to make. See Pure, and -fy

Usage

In literature:

Oxygen as a Purifier.
"Electricity for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
The fires had to be kindled, purifying, melting, fusing fires.
"Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation" by S. D. Gordon
The hand that offered it was hallowed and purified with sacrifice.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
In the first place it offers to corroborate Theology, in the second to purify it.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
It elevates, refines, sanctifies and purifies, and improves the whole man.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
If only he could get a little power into the ship, he could get the rear air purifiers to working.
"The Measure of a Man" by Randall Garrett
They purify the soul from the unclean contact with the body and from the dominion of death.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
When they were entirely purified from all earthly elements, they all received a new life.
"Mystics and Saints of Islam" by Claud Field
When the fire sinks, the Rhine-daughters are seen to snatch the ring, which is now purified from its curse by Bruennhilde's death.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
It purifies and strengthens national, as well as individual character.
"Mizora: A Prophecy" by Mary E. Bradley
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In poetry:

If you are prophet,
Cleanse me from this spell
Deliver me from this atheism...
Your love is like atheism...so purify me from this atheism
"Letter From Under The Sea" by Nizar Qabbani
"That mither—ay, and mony mair
That thro' the fiery trials pass'd—
Like silver seven times purified,
Cam' oot the furnace pure at last.
"Grannie's Crack Aboot The Famine In Auld Scotlan' In 1739-40" by Janet Hamilton
Yes! sainted are affection's tears,
And purified from sin or shame;
Each drop that's shed by virtue bears
The sanction of the Saviour's name.
"Iejus wept" by John Bowring
And we stood long in a dream and waited,
Watching and praying and purified,
And came at last to the walls belated,
Entering in at the eventide:
"The Three Pilgrims" by Archibald Lampman
And whelms them 'neath its darksome tide;
'Tis but the baptism of His love,
Through which their spirits, purified,
Behold His smiling face above.
"Life's Pilgrimage" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
Ye, by toil on toil so sorely tried,
Comfort take, the All is purified;
And now man, as priest, may boldly dare
From the stone God's image to prepare.
"Book Of the Parsees - The Bequest Of The Ancient Persian Faith" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In news:

The Blueair portable AirPod and Medical Professional air purifier have received the 2008 Parent to Parent Adding Wisdom Award.
Purified Chondrocytes from iPSCs Repair Cartilage .
Notable deaths in sports, A to M. Bev Oda allegedly expensed air purifier to smoke in her office.
Is seeking about $1.1 million in funding to start purifying river water in Ndolaby, the Times of Zambia said, citing an interview with the acting managing director.
Beaverton company Puralytics Inc.'s new water purifier is the size of a desktop computer tower, yet can filter up to 500 gallons of water per day.
Embry-Riddle mechanical engineering student James Holmes demonstrates the water purifier 's portability.
Chilean Purifier Brings Clean Water To The Poor.
P&G rushing $3M water purifier aid to East Africa.
Product Review of Top Air Purifier for 2009.
Nick Davila completed 23-of-30 passes for 266 yards and nine touchdowns -- seven of which went to Maurice Purify -- to pace the Arizona Rattlers to a 72-54 victory over the Philadelphia Soul Friday night in ArenaBowl XXV .
This Sept 12, 2012 photo shows a water purifying lagoon the Archer Daniels Midland company plant in Decatur, Ill.
Nature 's water purifiers help clean up lakes.
If a company wants to patent the purified form of an antibiotic that exists in nature in a fungus, no one challenges that, Silver said.
But do they really purify the air like they promise.
Pure ingredients harvested from Africa purify, moisturize and regenerate skin.
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In science:

So, for every pair |ψi, |φi, the condition “ ∃E : E (ψ) = ρ and E (φ) = σ ” can be rewritten as “ ∃U : U |0i|ψi and U |0i|φi purify ρ and σ , respectively ”.
A simple operational interpretation of the fidelity
Its resilience to photon detector inefficiency and dark counts and its ability to purify its input are particularly attractive characteristics.
Methods for Producing Optical Coherent State Superpositions
Weak measurement and feedback is used to (i) force the system into the subspace, and (ii) to purify the system using the structure of the subspace.
Weak measurement and control of entanglement generation
Purifying the first qubit is equivalent (up to a local rotation) to confining the system to a decoherence free subspace.
Weak measurement and control of entanglement generation
So rapidly purifying the state of the first encoded qubit rapidly forces the system into the DFS.
Weak measurement and control of entanglement generation
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