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refresh

[ri′fresh]
(computer science)
A process of periodically replacing data to prevent the data from decaying, as on a cathode-ray-tube display or in a dynamic random-access memory.

refresh

(storage)

refresh

(hardware)

refresh

(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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Barkis's room like light and air, brightening and refreshing it as if he were healthy weather.
But it is at least refreshing to hear any one speak his mind with such frankness.
From the powerful soul, to which the high body appertaineth, the handsome, triumphing, refreshing body, around which everything becometh a mirror:
Many a budding president has walked into my room with his cap on his head and his hands in his pockets, and stared at me for two whole hours: occasionally refreshing himself with a tweak of his nose, or a draught from the water-jug; or by walking to the windows and inviting other boys in the street below, to come up and do likewise: crying, 'Here he is
The air, at that elevation, was quite cool and refreshing, when in the city it was burning hot.
With Hugh's assistance, however, he contrived to stagger to the pump; and having refreshed himself with an abundant draught of cold water, and a copious shower of the same refreshing liquid on his head and face, he ordered some rum and milk to be served; and upon that innocent beverage and some biscuits and cheese made a pretty hearty meal.
The 8-bit, brawler-style video game challenges legal-drinking-age players to save the Rockies and deliver ice-cold refreshing Coors Light in classic video game fashion for both novice and experienced gamers.
This Water launches two new refreshing recipes in time for summer: Oranges & Lemons and Raspberries & Apples.
Keep your cool when temperatures are rising with a refreshing facial spritz.
Refreshing Black people often, to subvert Peter Finley Dunne's famous words, comfort the comfortable and afflict the afflicted.
Relax this winter with some delicious, refreshing and energizing tulsi tea.