fine: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (fīn), [key]
— adj., adv., v., n. fin•er, fin•est, fined, fin•ing,
- of superior or best quality; of high or highest grade: fine wine.
- choice, excellent, or admirable: a fine painting.
- consisting of minute particles: fine sand; a fine purée.
- very thin or slender: fine thread.
- keen or sharp, as a tool: Is the knife fine enough to carve well?
- delicate in texture; filmy: fine cotton fabric.
- delicately fashioned: fine tracery.
- 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 refined: fine manners.
- 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.
- healthy; well: 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.
- in an excellent manner; very well: He did fine on the exams. She sings fine.
- very small: She writes so fine I can hardly read it.
- in such a way that the driven ball barely touches the object ball in passing.
- as close as possible to the wind: sailing fine.
- to calculate precisely, esp. without allowing for possible error or accident: To finish in ten minutes is to cut it too fine.
- to become fine or finer, as by refining.
- to become less, as in size or proportions; reduce; diminish (often fol. by down): The plumpness fines down with exercise.
- to make fine or finer, esp. by refining 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.
- Mining.crushed ore sufficiently fine to pass through a given screen. Cf. short (def. 37a).
- Agric.the fine bits of corn kernel knocked off during handling of the grain.
Pronunciation: (fīn), [key]
— n., v., fined, fin•ing.
- a sum of money imposed as a penalty for an offense or dereliction: a parking fine.
- a fee paid by a feudal tenant to the landlord, as on the renewal of tenure.
- (formerly) a conveyance of land through decree of a court, based upon a simulated lawsuit.
- a penalty of any kind.
- It was, in fine, a fitting end to the story.
- in short; briefly.
- in conclusion; finally:It was, in fine, a fitting end to the story.
- to subject to a fine or pecuniary penalty; punish by a fine: The judge fined him and released him on parole.
Pronunciation: (fē'nā), [key]
— n. Music.
- the end of a repeated section, whether da capo or dal segno.
- the end of a composition that comprises several movements.
Pronunciation: (fēn), [key]
- ordinary French brandy, usually with no indication of the maker's name or location.
- fine (Thesaurus)