to refine; to smelt

variant of 鏈|链, chain; variant of 煉|炼

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百炼成钢 百煉成鋼 bai3 lian4 cheng2 gang1
to be tempered into a steel

百炼钢 百煉鋼 bai3 lian4 gang1
high-grade well-tempered steel

煅炼 煅煉 duan4 lian4
to forge; to toughen; to temper

锻炼 鍛鍊 duan4 lian4
to toughen; to temper; to engage in physical exercise; to work out; (fig.) to develop one's skills; to train oneself

简炼 簡煉 jian3 lian4
variant of 簡練|简练

精炼 精煉 jing1 lian4
to refine (a substance); to purify; to refine (one's skills, writing etc); refined; polished; succinct; skilled; capable

精炼厂 精煉廠 jing1 lian4 chang3
refinery (of oil etc)

炼丹 煉丹 lian4 dan1
to concoct pills of immortality

炼丹八卦炉 煉丹八卦爐 lian4 dan1 ba1 gua4 lu2
eight trigrams furnace to cook pills of immortality; symbol of the alchemist's art; Double, double toil and trouble, Fire burn, and cauldron bubble

炼丹术 煉丹術 lian4 dan1 shu4
maker of immortality pill; concocting magic pills

炼钢 煉鋼 lian4 gang1

炼钢厂 煉鋼廠 lian4 gang1 chang3
steel mill

炼化 煉化 lian4 hua4
to refine; refining (e.g. oil, chemicals etc)

炼焦 煉焦 lian4 jiao1
coking; the process of producing coke from coal

炼焦炉 煉焦爐 lian4 jiao1 lu2
coking furnace

炼金术 煉金術 lian4 jin1 shu4

炼金术士 煉金術士 lian4 jin1 shu4 shi4

炼句 煉句 lian4 ju4
to polish a phrase

炼奶 煉奶 lian4 nai3
condensed milk

炼乳 煉乳 lian4 ru3
to condense milk (by evaporation); condensed milk

炼铁 煉鐵 lian4 tie3
smelting iron

炼铁厂 煉鐵廠 lian4 tie3 chang3
iron foundry

炼油 煉油 lian4 you2
oil refinery

炼油厂 煉油廠 lian4 you2 chang3
oil refinery

炼狱 煉獄 lian4 yu4

炼珍 煉珍 lian4 zhen1
a delicacy (food)

炼之未定 煉之未定 lian4 zhi1 wei4 ding4
to spend a long time thinking about sth while unable to reach a decision

炼制 煉製 lian4 zhi4
(chemistry) to refine

炼字 煉字 lian4 zi4
to craft one's words

磨炼 磨煉 mo2 lian4
see 磨練|磨练

凝炼 凝煉 ning2 lian4
variant of 凝練|凝练

炮炼 炮煉 pao2 lian4
to parch and refine medicinal herbs

千锤百炼 千錘百鍊 qian1 chui2 bai3 lian4
after hard work and numerous revisions (idiom); the vicissitudes of life

熔炼 熔煉 rong2 lian4
to smelt

试炼 試煉 shi4 lian4
to refine with fire

提炼 提煉 ti2 lian4
to extract (ore, minerals etc); to refine; to purify; to process

体育锻炼 體育鍛煉 ti3 yu4 duan4 lian4
physical exercise

洗炼 洗煉 xi3 lian4
variant of 洗練|洗练

修炼 修煉 xiu1 lian4
(of Taoists) to practice austerities; to practice asceticism

修炼成仙 修煉成仙 xiu1 lian4 cheng2 xian1
lit. to practice austerities to become a Daoist immortal; practice makes perfect

冶炼 冶煉 ye3 lian4
to smelt metal

冶炼炉 冶煉爐 ye3 lian4 lu2
a furnace for smelting metal

真金不怕火炼 真金不怕火煉 zhen1 jin1 bu4 pa4 huo3 lian4
True gold fears no fire. (idiom)