• WordNet 3.6
    • v refresh make fresh again
    • v refresh become or make oneself fresh again "She freshened up after the tennis game"
    • v refresh make (to feel) fresh "The cool water refreshed us"
    • v refresh refresh one's memory "I reviewed the material before the test"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1929, the Coca-Cola slogan was "The Pause That Refreshes."
    • n Refresh The act of refreshing.
    • Refresh To make as if new; to repair; to restore. "The rest refresh the scaly snakes that fold
      The shield of Pallas, and renew their gold."
    • Refresh To make fresh again; to restore strength, spirit, animation, or the like, to; to relieve from fatigue or depression; to reinvigorate; to enliven anew; to reanimate; as, sleep refreshes the body and the mind. "Foer they have refreshed my spirit and yours.""And labor shall refresh itself with hope."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • refresh To make fresh or as if new again; freshen; improve; restore; repair; renovate.
    • refresh To make fresh or vigorous again; restore vigor or energy to; give new strength to; reinvigorate; recreate or revive after fatigue, privation, pain, or the like; reanimate.
    • refresh To steep and soak, particularly vegetables, in pure water with a view to restore their fresh appearance. Synonyms and To revive, renew, recruit, recreate, enliven, cheer.
    • refresh To become fresh or vigorous again; revive; become reanimated or reinvig-orated.
    • refresh To take refreshment, as food or drink.
    • refresh To lay in a fresh stock of provisions.
    • n refresh The act of refreshing; refreshment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Refresh rē-fresh′ to give new strength, spirit, &c. to: to revive after exhaustion: to enliven: to restore a fresh appearance to
    • v.i Refresh to become fresh again:
    • v.i Refresh (coll.) to take refreshment, as food and drink
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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
OE. refreshen, refreschen, OF. refreschir,cf. OF. rafraischir, rafreschir, F. rafrachir,); pref. re-, re- + fres, fresh. F. frais,. See Fresh (a.)


In literature:

Refreshments were immediately prepared for myself and the lieutenant.
"Voyage of H.M.S. Pandora" by Edward Edwards
When the hammocks were piped up the next morning, he turned out refreshed and ready to do anything required of him.
"The Rival Crusoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
Always and everywhere, when my soul has surrendered itself to the Divine will, the angel comes, and my soul is refreshed.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
Having refreshed themselves, and finding no advantage could be gained by a longer stay at the Ladrones, the Spaniards set sail.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
Now greatly refreshed, we prepared to proceed on our journey.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
The wind was cold, too, but it was refreshing just the same.
"Blue Bonnet in Boston" by Caroline E. Jacobs
A night's rest refreshed Mrs. Boyd very much and the certainty that Lilian had found a good friend.
"The Girls at Mount Morris" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
The countrywoman was commended to the servants, to be refreshed, and dismissed another way.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
It was half-past nine when an intermission was called for refreshments to be served.
"The Girl Scouts' Good Turn" by Edith Lavell
After so long and terrible a journey, of course, we all stood in need of rest and refreshment.
"The Desert Home" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

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
Refresh'd and cherish'd by its balmy breath,
He dreamt of future bliss, of years to come;
Whilst, with a look of woe, the spectre, Death,
Oft shook his head, and pointed to his tomb.
"The Hectic" by Sir John Carr
Eg. (Deare Rhodon) who, like the vernall Sunne,
Dost lend refreshing heats to my affections.
Tak't not amisse, that I have chose this houre
And unfrequented place t'enjoy thy company.
"Rhodon And Iris. Act IV" by Ralph Knevet
Faith abideth, there are mountains
She must day by day remove;
By the fair refreshing fountains Hope abideth; and sweet Love
Standeth crowned, the twain between,
Very lowly, yet the queen.
"The Glorious Three" by Samuel John Stone
'Fell sweet! for as she warbling flew,
Hope lent her heav'ns refreshing dew;
Fair virtue close, and closer drew
To join the lay;
While conscience bright, and brighter grew,
And cheer'd the way!--
"The Scottish Muse" by Hector MacNeill
Sweet, drooping, azure tinted bells,
How dear you are;
Bringing the scent of shady dells,
To me from far;
Telling of spring and gladsome sunny hours,--
Nature's bright jewels!=-heart-refreshing flowers!
"Lines On Receiving A Bunch Of Wild Hyacinths" by John Hartley

In news:

In a day when most people regard claims of government effectiveness with little more than dismissive cynicism, it's refreshing to hear about an agency doing what it's supposed to do.
With temperatures reaching 90 degrees and the heat index soaring as summer approaches, a cool dip in the fountains at the Georgetown Waterfront seems like a ticket to refreshment.
Grated carrot salad with dates and pistachios is refreshing, healthful and sweet.
Spring has sprung, and it's once again time to clean out the closets, wipe down the walls and refresh and renew your space.
JVC has announced six new projectors at CEDIA, each one sporting a 120Hz refresh rate and 4 of them THX-certified.
But he expresses that disagreement with a refreshing dose of respect, objectivity, and love.
Refreshments including cookies, sliders, popcorn and drinks were available.
At Elbow Beach Spa, Bermuda's national drink can restore as well as refresh, thanks to the Rum Swizzle Body Ritual.
Their approach to directing young subjects is refreshing and effective - they have learned to speak their language.
A rustic and refreshing summertime starter.
In celebration of this event, the Board of Directors is hosting an open house birthday party on Saturday, July 21 from 12:30 pm to 4 p.m. Cake and lemonade will be served as refreshments.
A refreshing salad to serve with a heartier Southwestern meal.
That is, if I hear the refreshing tinkling of splashing water once the warm weather arrives.
Give me something cool, refreshing and easy to drink.
At the risk of being redundant, here is a refresher course.

In science:

Thus, it is refreshing that within just the last few years, novel algorithmic perspectives from TCS have worked their way back to NLA, scientific computing, and scientific data analysis.
Randomized algorithms for matrices and data
This reference signal was refreshed every 10 spills, typically corresponding to time intervals of less than 5 minutes.
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee, April 2011
Therefore, in a sense, the variable s (which we may call the internal variable ) has “refreshed” itself.
Random walks in random environments without ellipticity
Some shape changes would be expected, as the timescale for the wind to “refresh” is given by the grain travel time ttravel ∼ 5 hr (equation 6), which is not much longer than the eclipse duration of 1.5 hr.
Possible Disintegrating Short-Period Super-Mercury Orbiting KIC 12557548
This question is related to other results about dynamical random walks, where the steps are refreshed independently after an exponential time.
Random walks veering left