from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The portion of an original liquid that remains after other components have been dissolved by a solvent.
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- noun chemistry a
solutionfrom which some material has been removed by extractionwith an immiscible liquid
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[French raffiner, to refine; see raffinose + –ate.]
The metal can be removed from ore through a chemical separation process that leaves a soupy mixture of liquid and chemical byproducts known as "raffinate."