- remove impurities or unwanted elements from (a substance), typically as part of an industrial process.
- improve (something) by making small changes, in particular make (an idea, theory, or method) more subtle and accurate.My mom tells me I must be in a refining process. To say I enjoy it would be a lie. It is hard and painful. I have many rough edges and too many to count. I seem to go through periods of knocking off chunks of my impurities. I hope someday I can figure it all out, but for now as much as I want to scream "UNCLE!" I know I must endure. I hope anyone who has to deal with me and my rebellious, stubborn, angry ways will be patient with me. I don't handle change well.