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From Biology-Online Dictionary | Biology-Online Dictionary
1. To make fresh; to separate, as water, from saline ingredients; to make less salt; as, to freshen water, fish, or flesh.
2. To refresh; to revive.
3. 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, 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.
Origin: Freshened; freshening.