• WordNet 3.6
    • n refreshment activity that refreshes and recreates; activity that renews your health and spirits by enjoyment and relaxation "time for rest and refreshment by the pool","days of joyous recreation with his friends"
    • n refreshment snacks and drinks served as a light meal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1929, the Coca-Cola slogan was "The Pause That Refreshes."
    • Refreshment That which refreshes; means of restoration or reanimation; especially, an article of food or drink.
    • Refreshment The act of refreshing, or the state of being refreshed; restoration of strength, spirit, vigor, or liveliness; relief after suffering; new life or animation after depression.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n refreshment The act of refreshing, or the state of being refreshed; relief after exhaustion, etc.
    • n refreshment That which refreshes; a recreation; that which gives fresh strength or vigor, as food, drink, or rest: in the plural it is now almost exclusively applied to food and drink.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Refreshment the act of refreshing: new strength or spirit after exhaustion: that which refreshes, as food or rest—(pl.) usually food and drink
    • Refreshment the fourth Sunday in Lent
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  • Benjamin Franklin
    “I look upon death to be as necessary to our constitution as sleep. We shall rise refreshed in the morning.”
  • Martin Luther
    “My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.”
  • Jane Austen
    “To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.”
  • Margaret Fairless Barber
    Margaret Fairless Barber
    “To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it the more fit for its prime function of looking forward.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”
  • William Penn
    “True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
CF. OF. refreschissement, F. rafraîchissement,


In literature:

She must be sickened with toadyism, and I could see she found my way a refreshing contrast.
"Our Friend the Charlatan" by George Gissing
It always refreshes me to hear you talk.
"In the Year of Jubilee" by George Gissing
Her intellectual tendencies are the same as my own; she has a mind which it refreshes and delights me to discover.
"A Life's Morning" by George Gissing
I had a most refreshing night's rest, and at dawn I sought out my camp, with a will to enjoy the new life now commencing.
"How I Found Livingstone" by Henry M. Stanley
It is always refreshing to contemplate a creature so positive and characteristic.
"Birds and Poets" by John Burroughs
After a moderate refreshment, he kneeled down, and prayed with the greatest fervency.
"The Old English Baron" by Clara Reeve
Both the exhausted men were refreshed with wine and food, ere the least wearied was fully capable of speech.
"Joshua, Complete" by Georg Ebers
Even now, when we are again among men and the wine has refreshed me, I feel as if rats were gnawing at my soul.
"In The Fire Of The Forge, Complete" by Georg Ebers
Would not Mr. Waverley choose some refreshment after his journey?
"Waverley, Or 'Tis Sixty Years Hence, Complete" by Sir Walter Scott
He put on a cap, and, descending the stairs, went out into the court-yard and walked about, the cool air refreshing him.
"The Trespasser, Complete" by Gilbert Parker

In poetry:

Ere to the altar you abruptly go,
Consider well, what you're about to do,
And meditate on that mysterious cheer,
Which you are soon to be refresh'd with, there.
"A Preparation For The Holy Communion" by Rees Prichard
Of all the sweet visions that come unto me
Of happy refreshment by land or by sea,
Like oases where in life's desert I roam,
Is nothing so pleasant as Holiday Home.
"Holiday Home." by Hattie Howard
April for me I choose!
In it the old things tumble,
In it things new refresh us;
It makes a mighty rumble,—
But peace is not so precious
As that his will man shows.
"Choice" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
More than I ask Thou wilt give, O King!
What is my friendship or care to Thine!
To the banquet house Thy hand will bring
And refresh his lips with the kingdom's wine.
"Majority" by Nora Pembroke
Spring pour'd fresh beauty o'er the cultured grounds,
And woke to joyance every leaf and flower,
Where erst the Man of Science lov'd to find
Refreshment from his toils.
"Denison Olmsted, LL.D.," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney
Likewise, the wilful sinners that transgress
The righteous laws of God by drunkenness,
They do abuse the creatures which were sent
Purely for man's refreshing nourishment.
"England's Alarm. or The Pious Christian's Speedy Call To Repentance" by Anonymous British

In news:

I found it refreshing for someone in the public eye to acknowledge the arrest and not shy away from it, even if he won't make any more statements regarding the arrest right now.
Since that time, many other food establishments have faced the gavel of courtroom drama, defending their right to serve a refreshing cup of java.
Keep cool with this refreshing fruity drink.
Looking for something refreshing to cool off in this heat wave.
We've taken the liberty of using a blender for an ultra-light, refreshing rendition of this traditional Mexican drink.
The New Albanian Brewing Company will be hosting a day-long family friendly picnic with lots of music, food, and refreshments suitable for all ages.
That is why I was so happy to discover Australian rieslings, whose finesse and crisp, refreshing flavors took me by surprise.
While many makeup products can dry out your skin, every eye shadow, mascara and lipstick we have sampled from the collection has left our skin feeling smooth and refreshed.
Not only did Apple unveil the long-awaited iPad mini tablet today, but it also refreshed the iPad, releasing the iPad 4.
The stories of Frank O'Connor refresh and delight long after they are first read.
Arnold Palmer has 95 career victories, 62 PGA Tour wins, seven Major Championships, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, a Congressional Gold Medal and one heck of a refreshing beverage to his name.
Black Tornadoes will be first test for refreshed Celtic team.
With kids being constantly bombarded by all sorts of digital stimuli in this day and age, it is refreshing that they even know what baseball card s ARE and still trade with friends.
And as refreshing as the beer is the brewery's garden.
It would be easy to describe the sparkling lemonade, or soda chanh duong, at LemonGrass as "lemon-flavored sparkling water" or "lemon soda," but neither quite captures why the drink is so refreshing.

In science:

To refresh the authentication keys, Alice, Bob and all Trents can use part of the keys created by running QKD.
Authentication and routing in simple Quantum Key Distribution networks
As we will see, in our case the keys generated by QKD between two participants, one of which is a Trent, can be used fully to refresh the corresponding authentication keys.
Authentication and routing in simple Quantum Key Distribution networks
An important point in practical implementations is that the rate of refreshment of the authentication keys must be compatible with the rate of creation of new keys by QKD.
Authentication and routing in simple Quantum Key Distribution networks
In our case this means that for authentication keys involving at least one Trent, the rate of refreshment must be at most equal to the rate of creation of the corresponding QKD key.
Authentication and routing in simple Quantum Key Distribution networks
Instead the rate of refreshment of the authentication key shared between Alice and Bob, must be much lower than the rate of creation of the corresponding QKD key, otherwise there will not be any key left that Alice and Bob can use to encrypt their secret data.
Authentication and routing in simple Quantum Key Distribution networks