the improvement or amendment of what is wrong, corrupt, unsatisfactory, etc.:
social reform; spelling reform.
an instance of this.
the amendment of conduct, belief, etc.
verb (used with object)
to change to a better state, form, etc.; improve by alteration, substitution, abolition, etc.
to cause (a person) to abandon wrong or evil ways of life or conduct.
to put an end to (abuses, disorders, etc.).
Chemistry. to subject to the process of reforming, as in refining petroleum.
verb (used without object)
to abandon evil conduct or error:
The drunkard promised to reform.
(initial capital letter) of, relating to, or characteristic of Reform Jews or Reform Judaism:
a Reform rabbi.
(transitive) to improve (an existing institution, law, practice, etc) by alteration or correction of abuses
to give up or cause to give up a reprehensible habit or immoral way of life
(chem) to change the molecular structure of (a hydrocarbon) to make it suitable for use as petrol by heat, pressure, and the action of catalysts
an improvement or change for the better, esp as a result of correction of legal or political abuses or malpractices
a principle, campaign, or measure aimed at achieving such change
improvement of morals or behaviour, esp by giving up some vice
[ri-frij-uh-rey-ter] /rɪˈfrɪdʒ əˌreɪ tər/ noun 1. a box, room, or cabinet in which food, drink, etc., are kept cool by means of ice or mechanical refrigeration. 2. the part of a distilling apparatus that cools the volatile material, causing it to condense; condenser; rectifier. refrigerator /rɪˈfrɪdʒəˌreɪtə/ noun 1. a chamber in which food, drink, etc, […]
noun 1. a freight car having either an ice chest or machinery for chilling perishables and sometimes having a heating unit to keep perishables from freezing.
- Refrigerator cookie
noun See icebox cookie
[ri-frij-uh-rey-ter-free-zer] /rɪˈfrɪdʒ əˌreɪ tərˈfri zər/ noun 1. a large appliance housing one compartment for refrigerating food and another for freezing.