Definitions for: Fine

[n] money extracted as a penalty
[adv] sentence-initial expression of agreement
[adv] in a delicate manner; "finely shaped features"; "her fine drawn body"
[adv] in a superior and skilled manner; "the soldiers were fighting finely"
[adj] characterized by elegance or refinement or accomplishment; "fine wine"; "looking fine in her Easter suit"; "a fine gentleman"; "fine china and crystal"; "a fine violinist"; "the fine hand of a master"
[adj] (of weather) pleasant; not raining, perhaps with the sun shining; "a fine summer evening"
[adj] minutely precise especially in differences in meaning; "a fine distinction"
[adj] (metallurgy); free or impurities; having a high or specified degree of purity; "gold 21 carats fine"
[adj] (informal) being satisfactory or in satisfactory condition; "an all-right movie"; "the passengers were shaken up but are all right"; "is everything all right?"; "everything's fine"; "things are okay"; "dinner and the movies had been fine"; "another minute I'd have been fine"
[adj] of texture; being small-grained or smooth to the touch or having fine particles; "wood with a fine grain"; "fine powdery snow"; "fine rain"; "batiste is a cotton fabric with a fine weave"; "covered with a fine film of dust"
[adj] superior to the average; "in fine spirits"; "a fine student"; "made good grades"; "morale was good"; "had good weather for the parade"
[adj] thin in thickness or diameter; "a fine film of oil"; "fine hairs"; "read the fine print"
[adj] being in good health; "he's feeling all right again"; "I'm fine, how are you?"
[v] impose a fine on
[v] issue a ticket or a fine to; "I was fined for parking on the wrong side of the street"; "Move your car or else you will be ticketed!"

Webster (1913) Definition: Fine, a. [Compar. Finer; superl. Finest.] [F. fin,
LL. finus fine, pure, fr. L. finire to finish; cf. finitus,
p. p., finished, completed (hence the sense accomplished,
perfect.) See Finish, and cf. Finite.]
1. Finished; brought to perfection; refined; hence, free from
impurity; excellent; superior; elegant; worthy of
admiration; accomplished; beautiful.

The gain thereof [is better] than fine gold. --Prov.
iii. 14.

A cup of wine that's brisk and fine. --Shak.

Not only the finest gentleman of his time, but one
of the finest scholars. --Felton.

To soothe the sick bed of so fine a being [Keats].
--Leigh Hunt.

2. Aiming at show or effect; loaded with ornament;
overdressed or overdecorated; showy.

He gratified them with occasional . . . fine
writing. --M. Arnold.

3. Nice; delicate; subtle; exquisite; artful; skillful;

The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine! --Pope.

The nicest and most delicate touches of satire
consist in fine raillery. --Dryden.

He has as fine a hand at picking a pocket as a
woman. --T. Gray.

4. Not coarse, gross, or heavy; as:
(a) Not gross; subtile; thin; tenous.

The eye standeth in the finer medium and the
object in the grosser. --Bacon.
(b) Not coarse; comminuted; in small particles; as, fine
sand or flour.
(c) Not thick or heavy; slender; filmy; as, a fine thread.
(d) Thin; attenuate; keen; as, a fine edge.
(e) Made of fine materials; light; delicate; as, fine
linen or silk.

5. Having (such) a proportion of pure metal in its
composition; as, coins nine tenths fine.

6. (Used ironically.)

Ye have made a fine hand, fellows. --Shak.

Note: Fine is often compounded with participles and
adjectives, modifying them adverbially; a, fine-drawn,
fine-featured, fine-grained, fine-spoken, fine-spun,

Fine arch (Glass Making), the smaller fritting furnace of a
glasshouse. --Knight.

Fine arts. See the Note under Art.

Fine cut, fine cut tobacco; a kind of chewing tobacco cut
up into shreds.

Fine goods, woven fabrics of fine texture and quality.

Fine stuff, lime, or a mixture of lime, plaster, etc., used
as material for the finishing coat in plastering.

To sail fine (Naut.), to sail as close to the wind as

Syn: Fine, Beautiful.

Usage: When used as a word of praise, fine (being opposed to
coarse) denotes no ``ordinary thing of its kind.'' It
is not as strong as beautiful, in reference to the
single attribute implied in the latter term; but when
we speak of a fine woman, we include a greater variety
of particulars, viz., all the qualities which become a
woman, -- breeding, sentiment, tact, etc. The term is
equally comprehensive when we speak of a fine garden,
landscape, horse, poem, etc.; and, though applied to a
great variety of objects, the word has still a very
definite sense, denoting a high degree of
characteristic excellence.

Fine, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fined; p. pr. & vb. n.
Fining.] [From Fine, a.]
1. To make fine; to refine; to purify, to clarify; as, to
fine gold.

It hath been fined and refined by . . . learned men.

2. To make finer, or less coarse, as in bulk, texture, etc.;
as. to fine the soil. --L. H. Bailey.

3. To change by fine gradations; as (Naut.), to fine down a
ship's lines, to diminish her lines gradually.

I often sate at home On evenings, watching how they
fined themselves With gradual conscience to a
perfect night. --Browning.

Fine, n. [OE. fin, L. finis end, also in LL., a final
agreement or concord between the lord and his vassal; a sum
of money paid at the end, so as to make an end of a
transaction, suit, or prosecution; mulct; penalty; cf. OF.
fin end, settlement, F. fin end. See Finish, and cf.
1. End; conclusion; termination; extinction. [Obs.] ``To see
their fatal fine.'' --Spenser.

Is this the fine of his fines? --Shak.

2. A sum of money paid as the settlement of a claim, or by
way of terminating a matter in dispute; especially, a
payment of money imposed upon a party as a punishment for
an offense; a mulct.

3. (Law)
(a) (Feudal Law) A final agreement concerning lands or
rents between persons, as the lord and his vassal.
(b) (Eng. Law) A sum of money or price paid for obtaining
a benefit, favor, or privilege, as for admission to a
copyhold, or for obtaining or renewing a lease.

Fine for alienation (Feudal Law), a sum of money paid to
the lord by a tenant whenever he had occasion to make over
his land to another. --Burrill.

Fine of lands, a species of conveyance in the form of a
fictitious suit compromised or terminated by the
acknowledgment of the previous owner that such land was
the right of the other party. --Burrill. See Concord,
n., 4.

In fine, in conclusion; by way of termination or summing

Fine, v. t. [From Fine, n.]
To impose a pecuniary penalty upon for an offense or breach
of law; to set a fine on by judgment of a court; to punish by
fine; to mulct; as, the trespassers were fined ten dollars.

Fine, v. i.
To pay a fine. See Fine, n., 3
(b) . [R.]

Men fined for the king's good will; or that he
would remit his anger; women fined for leave to
marry. --Hallam.

Fine, v. t. & i. [OF. finer, F. finir. See Finish, v.
To finish; to cease; or to cause to cease. [Obs.]

Fine, adv.
1. Finely; well; elegantly; fully; delicately; mincingly.
[Obs., Dial., or Colloq.]

2. (Billiards & Pool) In a manner so that the driven ball
strikes the object ball so far to one side as to be
deflected but little, the object ball being driven to one

Fine (f[imac]n), v. i.
To become fine (in any one of various senses); as, the ale
will fine; the weather fined.

To fine away, down, off, gradually to become fine; to
diminish; to dwindle.

I watched her [the ship] . . . gradually fining down
in the westward until I lost of her hull. --W. C.

Synonyms: all right, all right, all right(p), all-right(a), alright, amercement, close, close-grained, delicately, dustlike, elegant, exquisitely, f., fine-grained, finely, floury, good, hunky-dory, mulct, mulct, nongranular, o.k., OK, ok, okay, pleasant, powdered, powdery, precise, pulverised, pulverized, pure, satisfactory, small, small-grained, superfine, superior, thin, ticket, tight, very well, well

Antonyms: coarse

See Also: amerce, book, impose, levy, library fine, penalty, smooth

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