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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fineness  \Fine"ness\,  n.  [From  {Fine},  a.] 
  1.  The  quality  or  condition  of  being  fine. 
 
  2.  Freedom  from  foreign  matter  or  alloy;  clearness;  purity; 
  as  the  fineness  of  liquor. 
 
  The  fineness  of  the  gold,  and  chargeful  fashion. 
  --Shak. 
 
  3.  The  proportion  of  pure  silver  or  gold  in  jewelry,  bullion, 
  or  coins. 
 
  Note:  The  fineness  of  United  States  coin  is  nine  tenths,  that 
  of  English  gold  coin  is  eleven  twelfths,  and  that  of 
  English  silver  coin  is  ?. 
 
  4.  Keenness  or  sharpness;  as  the  fineness  of  a  needle's 
  point,  or  of  the  edge  of  a  blade. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fineness 
  n  1:  the  quality  of  being  very  good  indeed;  "the  inn  is 
  distinguished  by  the  fineness  of  its  cuisine"  [syn:  {choiceness}] 
  2:  the  property  of  being  very  narrow  or  thin;  "he  marvelled  at 
  the  fineness  of  her  hair"  [syn:  {thinness}] 
  3:  having  a  very  fine  texture;  "the  fineness  of  the  sand  on  the 
  beach"  [syn:  {powderiness}] 
  4:  the  quality  of  being  beautiful  and  delicate  in  appearance; 
  "the  daintiness  of  her  touch";  "the  fineness  of  her 
  features"  [syn:  {daintiness},  {delicacy}] 




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