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The Definition of - fine (verb)

    adjective, finer, finest.
    1.
    of superior or best quality; of high or highest grade:
    fine wine.
    2.
    choice, excellent, or admirable:
    a fine painting.
    3.
    consisting of minute particles:
    fine sand; a fine purée.
    4.
    very thin or slender:
    fine thread.
    5.
    keen or sharp, as a tool:
    Is the knife fine enough to carve well?
    6.
    delicate in texture; filmy:
    fine cotton fabric.
    7.
    delicately fashioned:
    fine tracery.
    8.
    highly skilled or accomplished:
    a fine musician.
    9.
    trained to the maximum degree, as an athlete.
    10.
    characterized by or affecting refinement or elegance:
    a fine lady.
    11.
    polished or refined:
    fine manners.
    12.
    affectedly ornate or elegant:
    A style so fine repels the average reader.
    13.
    delicate or subtle:
    a fine distinction.
    14.
    bright and clear:
    a fine day; fine skin.
    15.
    healthy; well:
    In spite of his recent illness, he looks fine.
    16.
    showy or smart; elegant in appearance:
    a bird of fine plumage.
    17.
    good-looking or handsome:
    a fine young man.
    18.
    (of a precious metal or its alloy) free from impurities or containing a large amount of pure metal:
    fine gold; Sterling silver is 92.5 percent fine.
    adverb
    19.
    Informal. in an excellent manner; very well:
    He did fine on the exams. She sings fine.
    20.
    very small:
    She writes so fine I can hardly read it.
    21.
    Billiards, Pool. in such a way that the driven ball barely touches the object ball in passing.
    22.
    Nautical. as close as possible to the wind:
    sailing fine.
    verb (used without object), fined, fining.
    23.
    to become fine or finer, as by refining.
    24.
    to become less, as in size or proportions; reduce; diminish (often followed by down):
    The plumpness fines down with exercise.
    verb (used with object), fined, fining.
    25.
    to make fine or finer, especially by refining or pulverizing.
    26.
    to reduce the size or proportions of (often used with down or away):
    to fine down the heavy features; to fine away superfluous matter in a design.
    27.
    to clarify (wines or spirits) by filtration.
    noun
    28.
    fines.
    1. Mining. crushed ore sufficiently fine to pass through a given screen.
      Compare short (def 29e).
    2. Agriculture. the fine bits of corn kernel knocked off during handling of the grain.
    Idioms
    29.
    cut fine, to calculate precisely, especially without allowing for possible error or accident:
    To finish in ten minutes is to cut it too fine.

Word Example of - fine

    Example Sentences for fine

    He had been bothered by no fine qualms about abandoning herself.

    It must not be; nay, should my lady know it—ay, then were fine work indeed!

    Of a sudden it grew lighter, and the rain dwindled to a fine mist.

    "What a fine target we would make for them, too," he thought.

    Both Ireland and England are famous for fine dairy products.

    I went to the clerk of the court and paid Captain Boomsby's fine.

    "There are some fine waves this morning," she said triumphantly.

    If only the riffles were saving it and the tables catching the fine gold!

    It was in the month of May, and not likely to be otherwise than fine.

    The next day we went on board of a fine steamer bound to St. Louis.

Word Origin & History of - fine

    Word Origin & History

    fine c.1300, from O.Fr. fin "perfected, of highest quality," from L. finis "end, limit" (see finish); hence "acme, peak, height," as in finis boni "the highest good." In French, the main meaning remains "delicate, intricately skillful;" in English since mid-15c. fine is also a general expression of admiration or approval, the equivalent of Fr. beau (cf. fine arts, 1767, translating Fr. beaux-arts). Related: Finely; finer; finest. Fine print "qualifications and limitations of a deal" first recorded 1960. Fine-tune (v.) is 1969, a back-formation from fine-tuning (1924), originally in reference to ...radio receivers.

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