1 addition of extra material or illustration or clarifying detail; "a few remarks added in amplification and defense"; "an elaboration of the idea followed" [syn: amplification]
2 the result of improving something; "he described a refinement of this technique" [syn: refinement]
5 developing in intricate and painstaking detail [syn: working out]
- Rhymes: -eɪʃǝn
- The act or process of producing or refining with labor; improvement by successive operations; refinement.
- The natural process of formation or assimilation, performed by the living organs in animals and vegetables, by which a crude substance is changed into something of a higher order; as, the elaboration of food into chyme; the elaboration of chyle, or sap, or tissues.
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