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  10  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fine  \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 
  side 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fine  \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. 
  Russel. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fine  \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; 
  dexterous. 
 
  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, 
  etc 
 
  {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. 
  --McElrath. 
 
  {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 
  possible. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fine  \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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fine  \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. 
  --Hobbes. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fine  \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 
  {Finance}.] 
  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. 
  --Spelman. 
  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 
  up 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fine  \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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fine  \Fine\,  v.  t.  &  i.  [OF.  finer,  F.  finir.  See  {Finish},  v. 
  t.] 
  To  finish;  to  cease;  or  to  cause  to  cease.  [Obs.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fine 
  adj  1:  superior  to  the  average;  "in  fine  spirits";  "a  fine 
  student";  "a  fine  summer  day";  "made  good  grades"; 
  "morale  was  good";  "had  good  weather  for  the  parade" 
  [syn:  {good}] 
  2:  superior  in  skill  or  ability  or  accomplishment;  "a  fine 
  violinist";  "a  fine  athlete";  "a  fine  mind";  "the  scupture 
  showed  the  fine  hand  of  a  master";  "a  fine  performance" 
  3:  (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";  "nother  minute  I'd  have  been  fine"  [syn:  {all 
  right(p)},  {all-right(a)},  {ok},  {o.k.},  {okay}] 
  4:  minutely  precise  especially  in  differences  in  meaning;  "a 
  fine  distinction" 
  5:  used  ironically;  "a  fine  mess";  "a  pretty  kettle  of  fish" 
  [syn:  {pretty}] 
  6:  being  in  good  health;  "he's  feeling  all  right  again";  "I'm 
  fine;  how  are  you?"  [syn:  {all  right}] 
  7:  very  thin  in  gauge  or  diameter;  "fine  hairs";  "a  tenuous 
  thread"  [syn:  {tenuous}] 
  8:  characterized  by  elegance  or  refinement;  "looking  fine  in 
  her  Easter  suit";  "a  fine  gentleman" 
  9:  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" 
  [ant:  {coarse}] 
  10:  of  delicate  composition  and  artistry;  "a  dainty  teacup";  "an 
  exquisite  cameo";  "fine  china  and  crystal"  [syn:  {dainty}, 
  {exquisite}] 
  11:  of  superior  grade;  "choice  wines";  "fine  wines"  "prime 
  beef";  "prize  carnations";  "quality  paper";  "select 
  peaches"  [syn:  {choice},  {prime(a)},  {prize},  {quality}, 
  {select}] 
  12:  trained  to  the  highest  degree  of  physical  excellence;  "a 
  fine  racehorse" 
  13:  (metallurgy)  having  a  high  or  specified  degree  of  purity; 
  "gold  21  carats  fine"  [syn:  {f.}] 
  14:  (of  weather)  highly  enjoyable;  very  pleasant;  "a  beautiful 
  evening"  [syn:  {beautiful}] 
  15:  very  small  "be  sure  to  read  the  fine  print" 
  16:  able  to  make  or  detect  effects  of  great  subtlety;  sensitive; 
  "discerning  taste";  "a  fine  eye  for  color"  [syn:  {discerning}] 
  n  1:  the  act  of  imposing  a  fine  [syn:  {fining}] 
  2:  money  extracted  as  a  penalty  [syn:  {mulct},  {amercement}] 
  adv  1:  sentence-initial  expression  of  agreement  [syn:  {very  well}, 
  {alright},  {all  right},  {OK}] 
  2:  in  a  delicate  manner;  "finely  shaped  features";  "her  fine 
  drawn  body"  [syn:  {finely},  {delicately},  {exquisitely}] 
  3:  in  an  excellent  and  skilled  manner;  "the  soldiers  were 
  fighting  finely"  [syn:  {finely}] 
  v  1:  impose  a  fine  on  [syn:  {mulct}] 
  2:  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!"  [syn:  {ticket}] 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  fine  adj  [WPI]  Good,  but  not  good  enough  to  be  {cuspy}.  The 
  word  `fine'  is  used  elsewhere,  of  course,  but  without  the  implicit 
  comparison  to  the  higher  level  implied  by  {cuspy}. 
 
 




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