“to improve an idea, method, system, etc. by making small changes.”
In the 20th century, businesses developed the idea of having a continual refinement and improvement process, wherein all activities of the business are constantly examined to weed out inefficiencies and find better ways of carrying out tasks. At the same time, the concept of individual self-improvement blossomed, where people assessed their lives in much the same way.
Having created something from an idea, through innovation and creativity, refinement is the next step in perfecting this new creation. Trial and error, accepting and rejecting ideas and consulting are all ways in which a new creation can be refined and improved in order to become the best version of itself.
“Sure, science involves trial and error. Scientists refine theories each day. But as they do, they help us grasp more clearly the wonders of the world and the universe”
Tony Snow – Journalist
“Each of the Arts whose office is to refine, purify, adorn, embellish and grace life is under the patronage of a Muse, no god being found worthy to preside over them.”
Eliza Farnham – Author and Activist
“Poetry should help, not only to refine the language of the time, but to prevent it from changing too rapidly.”T. S. Eliot - Writer