- Refresh is defined as to cool off, enliven, restore or make someone feel energized.
- An example of refresh is taking a cool bath on a very hot day.
- An example of refresh is having an afternoon nap.
- An example of refresh is to renew the image on a computer screen.
- An example of refresh is to trigger a memory by looking at a picture; refresh a memory.
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- to make fresh by cooling, wetting, etc.: rains refreshing parched plants
- to make (another or oneself) feel cooler, stronger, more energetic, etc. than before, as by food, drink, or sleep
- to replenish, as by new supplies; renew
- to revive or stimulate (the memory, etc.)
Origin: Middle English refreschen from Old French refrescher: see re- and amp; fresh
- to become fresh again; revive
- to take refreshment, as food or drink
- to lay in fresh supplies
- refresher noun
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verb re·freshed, re·fresh·ing, re·fresh·es verb, transitive
- To revive with or as if with rest, food, or drink; give new vigor or spirit to.
- To give new freshness or brightness to; restore.
- To make cool, clean, or moist; freshen up.
- To renew by stimulation: refresh one's memory.
- To fill up again; replenish: refresh a drink.
- Computer Science a. To renew (the image on a display screen) by renewing the flow of electrons from the cathode-ray tube: The faster a monitor refreshes images, the less it flickers.b. To maintain (data in a dynamic RAM) by sending a new electric pulse to recharge the chips.
- To take refreshment.
- To become fresh again; revive.
Origin: Middle English refresshen, from Old French refreschir : re-, re- + fres, fresche, fresh (of Germanic origin).
refresh - Computer Definition
(1) To continuously charge a device that cannot hold its content. Dynamic RAM memory chips require refreshing to maintain their charged bit patterns (see dynamic RAM). CRTs must be refreshed, because the phosphors hold their glow for only a few milliseconds. See vertical scan frequency and redraw.
(2) To download again (reload) the same Web page currently on screen in case it changed at the server side since it was last downloaded. All Internet browsers have a button for this function, and many Web pages automatically refresh without user intervention. See reload.
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refresh - Medical Definition
- To cause to recuperate; revive.
- To renew by stimulation.
- To pare or scrape the edges of a wound to promote healing.