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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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"As the name implies, Refresh is crafted to offer a refreshing wine experience," Gallo says.
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"Very refreshing," Von Bair agreed, "but if it's a beer, rd like some malt to be evident."
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For all skin types, this oil-free gel feels rich like a cream but has the refreshing and cooling sensation of a gel.
This refreshing spray claims to be able to both tighten the skin and smooth away fine lines.
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After regularly reading of the anti-social behaviour and vandalism by local youths, it was so refreshing to attend Middlesbrough Youth Theatre's presentation of drama, song and dance last Saturday evening.
Looking back through her eyes, it is refreshing to see the dance, not in isolation, but in its social and political context.--D.H.
REFRESHING. The word comes up too often in reviews of these two books.
"Refreshing a century of stores means that we have been able to give a new look to almost a third of our outlets."
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