A woman taking a refreshing bath.
- 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.
- 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.)
- Comput. to generate a fresh display of or on: to refresh a Web page, refresh a PC screen
Origin of refreshMiddle English refreschen from Old French refrescher: see re- and fresh
- Archaic to take refreshment, as food or drink
- to reinvigorate someone: said as of food, drink, or sleep
- Comput. to be regenerated or have a regenerated display: a PC screen that automatically refreshes 60 times per second
verbre·freshed, re·fresh·ing, re·fresh·es
- a. To revive or reinvigorate, as with rest, food, or drink: She was refreshed by a quick nap.b. To renew by stimulation: refresh one's memory; refreshed my French with an online course.
- To make cool, clean, or moist; freshen up: refreshed the lettuce under the faucet.
- To fill up again; replenish: refresh a drink.
- Electronics To renew (the image on a display screen), as by renewing the flow of electrons from the cathode-ray tube: The faster a monitor refreshes images, the less it flickers.
- Computers a. To update (the information displayed on a screen), as to reflect the most recent changes to a webpage being viewed.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 of refreshMiddle English refresshen from Old French refreschir re- re- fres, fresche fresh ( of Germanic origin )
(third-person singular simple present refreshes, present participle refreshing, simple past and past participle refreshed)
- To renew or revitalize.
- Sleep refreshes the body and the mind.
- (computing) To reload a document and show any new changes, especially a webpage on the internet.
- (computing) To cause (a web browser or similar software) to refresh its display.
- To perform the periodic energizing required to maintain the contents of computer memory, the display luminance of a computer screen, etc.
From Old French refrescher (French: rafraÃ®chir)
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.