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  • n. Agent noun of refine; one who refines.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, refines.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who refines liquors, sugar, metals, etc.
  • n. An improver in purity and elegance.
  • n. An inventor of superfluous subtleties; one who is overnice in discrimination, or in argument, reasoning, philosophy, etc.
  • n. One who indulges in excessive compliment; one who is over-civil; a flatterer.
  • n. An apparatus for refining; specifically, in England, a gas-purifier.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one whose work is to refine a specific thing


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  • Chevron, California's largest native oil refiner, is officially neutral on Prop 23, but Grist argues it supports Prop 26 because it's a "polluters protection act."

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  • The instruments required by the refiner were a crucible of furnace and a bellows or blow-pipe.

    Smith's Bible Dictionary

  • This follows a deal in February to sell a 49 percent stake in Spanish refiner Cia. -- Top News

  • It is only a refiner, which is a thin-profit business most times, and in the past year, a no-profit business.

    The Seattle Times

  • The long term supply agreement with a US refiner, which is contingent on the completion of the Keystone Pipeline US Gulf Coast Expansion, ensures a customer at the end of the Keystone Pipeline for a large portion of Canadian Natural's heavy crude oil that is shipped at prevailing US Gulf Coast heavy oil market prices at the points of delivery.

    ACN Newswire

  • The idea that the trials of Rome shall be as a 'refiner's fire' has a certain grandeur, but the expression of the idea is commonplace.

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  • The Indians ran away and left their possessions, and Raleigh's dreams of mineral wealth were excited by the discovery of what he took to be a 'refiner's basket, for I found in it his quicksilver, saltpetre, and divers things for the trial of metals, and also the dust of such ore as he had refined.'


  • Valero Energy Corp. swung to a first-quarter profit as the largest independent U.S. refiner benefited from stronger refining margins.

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  • SEOUL— SK Innovation Co., South Korea's No. 1 refiner by capacity, said its first-quarter net profit more than doubled from a year earlier, helped by an increase in demand and product prices following the Japanese earthquake and political unrest in the Middle East and North Africa.

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  • "We can expect to see additional supplies become available in the coming days and weeks," said Bill Day , spokesman for Valero Energy Corp., the largest independent refiner in the U.S. and a buyer of Saudi crude.

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