Refresh meaning

rĭ-frĕsh
To fill up again; replenish.

Refresh a drink.

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To take refreshment.
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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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(comput.) To generate a fresh display of or on.

To refresh a webpage, refresh a PC screen.

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(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.

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(archaic) To take refreshment, as food or drink.
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To make fresh by cooling, wetting, etc.

Rains refreshing parched plants.

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The periodic energizing required to maintain the contents of computer memory, the display luminance of a computer screen, etc.
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To make cool, clean, or moist; freshen up.

Refreshed the lettuce under the faucet.

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To replenish, as by new supplies; renew.
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To become fresh again; revive.
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(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.
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To renew or revitalize.

Sleep refreshes the body and the mind.

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(comput.) To be regenerated or have a regenerated display.

A PC screen that automatically refreshes 60 times per second.

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(computing) The update of a display (in a web browser or similar software) to show the latest version of the data.
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To make (another or oneself) feel cooler, stronger, more energetic, etc. than before, as by food, drink, or sleep.
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(computing) To cause (a web browser or similar software) to refresh its display.
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To perform the periodic energizing required to maintain the contents of computer memory, the display luminance of a computer screen, etc.
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(computing) To reload a document and show any new changes, especially a webpage on the internet.
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To revive or stimulate (the memory, etc.)
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To reinvigorate someone.
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Origin of refresh

  • Middle English refresshen from Old French refreschir re- re- fres, fresche fresh (of Germanic origin)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French refrescher (French: rafraîchir)

    From Wiktionary