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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.]


1. the state or quality of being fine
2. (Metallurgy) a measurement of the purity of precious metal, expressed as the number of parts per thousand that is precious metal


(ˈfaɪn nɪs)

1. the state or quality of being fine.
2. the proportion of pure precious metal in an alloy, often expressed in parts per thousand.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fineness - the quality of being very good indeed; "the inn is distinguished by the fineness of its cuisine"
high quality, superiority - the quality of being superior
2.fineness - the property of being very narrow or thin; "he marvelled at the fineness of her hair"
narrowness - the property of being narrow; having little width; "the narrowness of the road"
3.fineness - having a very fine texture; "the fineness of the sand on the beach"
smoothness - a texture without roughness; smooth to the touch; "admiring the slim smoothness of her thighs"; "some artists prefer the smoothness of a board"
4.fineness - the quality of being beautiful and delicate in appearance; "the daintiness of her touch"; "the fineness of her features"
elegance - a refined quality of gracefulness and good taste; "she conveys an aura of elegance and gentility"


The quality of being exceptionally good of its kind:


[ˈfaɪnnɪs] N
1. (= thinness) [of thread, hair] → lo fino, lo delgado
2. (= excellent quality) → excelente calidad f
3. (= delicacy) → exquisitez f, lo delicado
observe the fineness of detail in the paintingobserve la exquisitez de los detalles en el cuadro
4. (= precision) → precisión f
5. (= purity) [of metal] → pureza f


(= beauty, pleasantness)Schönheit f
(= high quality)Güte f; (of mind, novel)Großartigkeit f; (= elegance, delicacy)Feinheit f; (of material)Zartheit f
(of sieve, net, mesh)Feinmaschigkeit f; (of dust, sand)Feinheit f
(= thinness)Feinheit f, → Dünnheit f; (of nib)Spitze f; the fineness of the printdie kleine Schrift
(of metal)Feingehalt m
(of adjustment, distinction)Feinheit f


[ˈfaɪnnɪs] n (of silk) → finezza, sottigliezza
References in classic literature ?
March, patting the damask tablecloths, with a truly feminine appreciation of their fineness.
Clare had never pretended to govern himself by any religious obligation; and a certain fineness of nature gave him such an instinctive view of the extent of the requirements of Christianity, that he shrank, by anticipation, from what he felt would be the exactions of his own conscience, if he once did resolve to assume them.
His linen, though not of a fineness in accordance with his stockings, was as white as the tops of the waves that broke upon the neighbouring beach, or the specks of sail that glinted in the sunlight far at sea.
The rest of my cattle I got safe ashore, and set them a-grazing in a bowling-green at Greenwich, where the fineness of the grass made them feed very heartily, though I had always feared the contrary:
The Knight of the Rueful Countenance was still very anxious to find out who the owner of the valise could be, conjecturing from the sonnet and letter, from the money in gold, and from the fineness of the shirts, that he must be some lover of distinction whom the scorn and cruelty of his lady had driven to some desperate course; but as in that uninhabited and rugged spot there was no one to be seen of whom he could inquire, he saw nothing else for it but to push on, taking whatever road Rocinante chose- which was where he could make his way- firmly persuaded that among these wilds he could not fail to meet some rare adventure.
The linen of the chevalier was invariably of a fineness and whiteness that were truly aristocratic.
Its skin, chestnut-brown above and silvery underneath, would have made one of those beautiful furs so sought after in the Russian and Chinese markets: the fineness and the lustre of its coat would certainly fetch L80.
Lastly, her hair, which, from being light in her youth, had become chestnut, and which she wore curled very plainly, and with much powder, admirably set off her face, in which the most rigid critic could only have desired a little less rouge, and the most fastidious sculptor a little more fineness in the nose.
Of what moment was it to me, in filling the destiny of the linum usitatissimum, whether I grew in a soil a little more or a little less fertile; whether my fibres attained the extremest fineness known to the manufacturer, or fell a little short of this excellence.
To penalize a yacht in proportion to the fineness of her performance is unfair to the craft and to her men.
Its merits as a prepartion for the hair are undeniable--it imparts to it a superb gloss and a silky fineness.
But with a conception of marriage so uncomplicated and incurious as hers such a crisis could be brought about only by something visibly outrageous in his own conduct; and the fineness of her feeling for him made that unthinkable.