Re*frain" (r?*fr?n"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Refrained (-fr?nd"); p. pr. & vb/ n. Refraining.] [OE. refreinen, OF. refrener, F. refrner, fr. L. refrenare; influenced by OF. refraindre to restrain, moderate, fr. LL. refrangere, for L. refringere to break up, break (see Refract). L. refrenare is fr. pref. re- back + frenum bridle; cf. Skr. dh to hold.]


To hold back; to restrain; to keep within prescribed bounds; to curb; to govern.

His reson refraineth not his foul delight or talent. Chaucer.

Refrain thy foot from their path. Prov. i. 15.


To abstain from


Who, requiring a remedy for his gout, received no other counsel than to refrain cold drink. Sir T. Browne.


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Re*frain", v. i.

To keep one's self from action or interference; to hold aloof; to forbear; to abstain.

Refrain from these men, and let them alone. Acts v. 38.

They refrained therefrom [eating flesh] some time after. Sir T. Browne.

Syn. -- To hold back; forbear; abstain; withhold.


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Re*frain", n. [F. refrain, fr. OF. refraindre; cf. Pr. refranhs a refrain, refranher to repeat. See Refract,Refrain, v.]

The burden of a song; a phrase or verse which recurs at the end of each of the separate stanzas or divisions of a poetic composition.

We hear the wild refrain. Whittier.


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