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  2  definitions  found 
 
  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  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  finest 
  adj  :  surpassing  in  quality;  "top-grade  ore"  [syn:  {high-grade},  {top-quality}, 
  {top-grade}] 




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