Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To make fresh; to separate, as water, from saline ingredients; to make less salty;
freshenwater, fish, or flesh
To refresh; to revive.
To relieve, as a rope, by change of place where friction wears it; or to renew, as the material used to prevent chafing;
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.
Ham. Nav. Encyc.
To grow fresh; to lose saltness.
To grow brisk or strong;
as, the wind.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To make fresh; to dulcify; to separate, as water from saline particles; to take saltiness from any thing; as, to freshen water, fish or flesh.
2.To refresh; to revive. [Not used.]
3.In seaman's language, to apply new service to a cable; as, to freshen hawse.
1.To grow fresh; to lose salt or saltiness.
2.To grow brisk or strong; as, the wind freshens.