adjective, finer, finest.
of superior or best quality; of high or highest grade:
choice, excellent, or admirable:
a fine painting.
consisting of minute particles:
fine sand; a fine purée.
very thin or slender:
keen or sharp, as a tool:
Is the knife fine enough to carve well?
delicate in texture; filmy:
fine cotton fabric.
highly skilled or accomplished:
a fine musician.
trained to the maximum degree, as an athlete.
characterized by or affecting refinement or elegance:
a fine lady.
polished or :
affectedly ornate or elegant:
A style so fine repels the average reader.
delicate or subtle:
a fine distinction.
bright and clear:
a fine day; fine skin.
In spite of his recent illness, he looks fine.
showy or smart; elegant in appearance:
a bird of fine plumage.
good-looking or handsome:
a fine young man.
(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.
Informal. in an excellent manner; very well:
He did fine on the exams. She sings fine.
She writes so fine I can hardly read it.
Billiards, Pool. in such a way that the driven ball barely touches the object ball in passing.
Nautical. as close as possible to the wind:
verb (used without object), fined, fining.
to become fine or finer, as by .
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.
to make fine or finer, especially by or pulverizing.
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.
to clarify (wines or spirits) by filtration.
cut fine, to calculate precisely, especially without allowing for possible error or accident:
To finish in ten minutes is to cut it too fine.
a sum of money imposed as a penalty for an offense or dereliction:
a parking fine.
Law. a fee paid by a feudal tenant to the landlord, as on the renewal of tenure.
English Law. (formerly) a conveyance of land through decree of a court, based upon a simulated lawsuit.
Archaic. a penalty of any kind.
verb (used with object), fined, fining.
to subject to a fine or pecuniary penalty; punish by a fine:
The judge fined him and released him on parole.
excellent or choice in quality; very good of its kind: a fine speech
superior in skill, ability, or accomplishment: a fine violinist
(of weather) clear and dry
enjoyable or satisfying: a fine time
(postpositive) (informal) quite well; in satisfactory health: I feel fine
satisfactory; acceptable: that’s fine by me
of delicate composition or careful workmanship: fine crystal
(of precious metals) pure or having a high or specified degree of purity: fine silver, gold 98 per cent fine
subtle in perception; discriminating: a fine eye for antique brasses
abstruse or subtle: a fine point in argument
very thin or slender: fine hair
very small: fine dust, fine print
(of edges, blades, etc) sharp; keen
ornate, showy, or smart
good-looking; handsome: a fine young woman
polished, elegant, or refined: a fine gentleman
morally upright and commendable: a fine man
(cricket) (of a fielding position) oblique to and behind the wicket: fine leg
(prenominal) (informal) disappointing or terrible: a fine mess
(informal) quite well; all right: that suits me fine
a nonstandard word for finely
(billiards, snooker) (of a stroke on the cue ball) so as to merely brush the object ball
cut it fine, to allow little margin of time, space, etc
to make or become finer; refine
often foll by down or away. to make or become smaller
(transitive) to clarify (wine, etc) by adding finings
(transitive) (billiards, snooker) to hit (a cue ball) fine
(Austral & NZ, informal) (intransitive) foll by up. (of the weather) to become fine
a certain amount of money exacted as a penalty: a parking fine
a payment made by a tenant at the start of his tenancy to reduce his subsequent rent; premium
(feudal law) a sum of money paid by a man to his lord, esp for the privilege of transferring his land to another
a method of transferring land in England by bringing a fictitious law suit: abolished 1833
(transitive) to impose a fine on
the point at which a piece is to end, usually after a da capo or dal segno
an ending or finale
brandy of ordinary quality
mid-13c., “unblemished, refined, pure; of superior quality,” from Old French fin “perfected, of highest quality” (12c.), from Latin 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 French beau (cf. fine arts, 1767, translating French beaux-arts). Finer; finest. Fine print is from 1861 as “type small and close-set;” by 1934 as “qualifications and limitations of a deal.”
c.1200, “termination,” from Old French fin “end, limit, boundary; death; fee, payment, finance, money” (10c.), from Medieval Latin finis “a payment in settlement, fine or tax,” from Latin finis “end” (see finish).
Modern meaning is via sense of “sum of money paid for exemption from punishment or to compensate for injury” (mid-14c., from the same sense in Anglo-French, late 13c.) and from phrases such as to make fine “make one’s peace, settle a matter” (c.1300). Meaning “sum of money imposed as penalty for some offense” is first recorded 1520s.
late 13c., “pay as a ransom or penalty,” from fine (n.). Inverted meaning “to punish by a fine” is from 1550s. Related: Fined; fining.
Attractive; dishy, hunky: if a guy or girl is cute, they’re a ”hottie” or ”fine”
[1990s+ Teenagers; a revival of 1940s bop and cool use, from black, ”pleasing, wonderful, exciting, cool”]
[fahyn-draw] /ˈfaɪnˈdrɔ/ verb (used with object), fine-drew, fine-drawn, fine-drawing. 1. Sewing. to sew together so finely that the joining is not noticeable. 2. to draw out to extreme fineness, tenuity, or subtlety. verb (transitive) -draws, -drawing, -drew, -drawn 1. to sew together so finely that the join is scarcely noticeable 2. to carry out the […]
[fahyn-drawn] /ˈfaɪnˈdrɔn/ adjective 1. drawn out to extreme fineness or thinness. [fahyn-draw] /ˈfaɪnˈdrɔ/ verb (used with object), fine-drew, fine-drawn, fine-drawing. 1. Sewing. to sew together so finely that the joining is not noticeable. 2. to draw out to extreme fineness, tenuity, or subtlety. adjective 1. (of arguments, distinctions, etc) precise or subtle 2. (of wire) […]
- Fine gael
/ˈfɪnə ˈɡɛːl/ noun 1. one of the major political parties in the Republic of Ireland, formed in 1933
[fahyn-greyn] /ˈfaɪnˈgreɪn/ adjective, Photography. 1. (of an image) having an inconspicuous or invisible grain. 2. (of a developer or emulsion) permitting the grain of an image to be inconspicuous or invisible. adjective 1. (photog) having or producing an image with grain of inconspicuous size: a fine-grain image, a fine-grain developer