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fine 1

adj. fin·er, fin·est
a. Of superior quality, skill, or appearance: a fine day; a fine wine.
b. Excellent in character or ability: a fine person; a fine writer.
2. Very small in size, weight, or thickness: fine type; fine paper.
a. Free from impurities.
b. Metallurgy Containing pure metal in a specified proportion or amount: gold 21 carats fine.
4. Very sharp; keen: a blade with a fine edge.
5. Thin; slender: fine hairs.
6. Carefully or delicately made or done: fine china. See Synonyms at exquisite.
7. Consisting of very small particles; not coarse: fine dust.
a. Marginally different or subtle: a fine difference.
b. Able to make or detect effects of great subtlety or precision; sensitive: has a fine eye for color.
9. Trained to the highest degree of physical efficiency: a fine racehorse.
10. Characterized by refinement or elegance: people in the finest society.
11. Satisfactory; acceptable: Handing in your paper on Monday is fine.
12. Being in a state of satisfactory health; quite well: "How are you?" "I'm fine."
13. Used as an intensive: a fine mess.
1. Finely.
2. Informal Very well: doing fine.
tr. & intr.v. fined, fin·ing, fines
To make or become finer, purer, or cleaner.

[Middle English fin, from Old French, from Latin fīnis, end, supreme degree.]

fine′ness n.

fine 2

1. A sum of money required to be paid especially to the government as a penalty for an offense.
2. Obsolete An end; a termination.
tr.v. fined, fin·ing, fines
To require the payment of a fine from; impose a fine on.
in fine
1. In conclusion; finally.
2. In summation; in brief.

[Middle English fin, from Old French, settlement, compensation, from Medieval Latin fīnis, from Latin, end.]

fin′a·ble, fine′a·ble adj.

fi·ne 3

n. Music
The end.

[Italian, from Latin fīnis, end.]
References in classic literature ?
Gogoomy and his five tribesmen were fined three pounds each, and at Gogoomy's guttural command they refused to pay.
This odd sight kept me two hours behind the caravan, for which the leader of it for the day fined me about the value of three shillings; and told me if it had been three days' journey without the wall, as it was three days' within, he must have fined me four times as much, and made me ask pardon the next council-day.
AMONG the cases dealt with by Teesside Magistrates' Court on October 10 were: Urrahman Atiq, 29, of Maple Street, Middlesbrough, fined PS220 and ordered to pay PS115 costs for speeding.
Community order for 12 months, fined PS15 with PS85 costs and PS60 victim surcharge.
The biggest email fine went to LPL Financial, when FINRA fined the independent broker-dealer $9 million for 35 separate "significant email system failures.
The following were fined people have been fined by Cardiff magistrates for having no television licence:
19, of Harrison Road, Sutton Coldfield, fined pounds 162; Jon Hill,
NASHVILLE - Kings forward Sean Avery, upset about being fined $1,000 for an alleged diving incident, unleashed his verbal fury Monday after he learned the fine will not be revoked.
Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island residents are permitted to be fined, but recycling police are.
Specifically for PCI compliance, acquirers will be fined between $5,000 and $25,000 a month for each of its Level 1 and 2 merchants who have not validated by September 30, 2007 and December 31, 2007 respectively.
AMONG the cases dealt with by Teesside Magistrates' Court on October 3 were: Steven Abbey, 35, of Brendon Crescent, Billingham, fined PS440 and ordered to pay PS129 costs for driving with faulty tyres.
THE following have been fined for using a television without a current licence: Joel Carter (21), Headfield View, Dewsbury.