Pronunciation: (ri-frān'),[key] —v.i. to abstain from an impulse to say or do something (often fol. by from): I refrained from telling him what I thought.
—v.t. Archaic.to curb.
Pronunciation: (ri-frān'),[key] —n. 1. a phrase or verse recurring at intervals in a song or poem, esp. at the end of each stanza; chorus.
2. Music. a. a musical setting for the refrain of a poem.
b. any melody.
c. the principal, recurrent section of a rondo.