Fresh"en (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Freshened (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Freshening (?)]


To make fresh; to separate, as water, from saline ingredients; to make less salt; as, to freshen water, fish, or flesh.

<-- "less *salt*" is in original; also, below "to lose saltness" -->


To refresh; to revive.



3. Naut.

To relieve, as a rope, by change of place where friction wears it; or to renew, as the material used to prevent chafing; as, to freshen a hawse.


To freshen ballast Naut., to shift Or restore it. -- To freshen the hawse, to pay out a little more cable, so as to bring the chafe on another part. -- To freshen the way, to increase the speed of a vessel.

Ham. Nav. Encyc.


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Fresh"en (?), v. i.


To grow fresh; to lose saltness.


To grow brisk or strong; as, the wind freshens.


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