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. [Obs.] Spenser.
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. Totten.
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.