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Meaning of FINE

Pronunciation:  fIn

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  1. [n]  money extracted as a penalty
  2. [adv]  sentence-initial expression of agreement
  3. [adv]  in a delicate manner; "finely shaped features"; "her fine drawn body"
  4. [adv]  in a superior and skilled manner; "the soldiers were fighting finely"
  5. [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"
  6. [adj]  (of weather) pleasant; not raining, perhaps with the sun shining; "a fine summer evening"
  7. [adj]  minutely precise especially in differences in meaning; "a fine distinction"
  8. [adj]  (metallurgy); free or impurities; having a high or specified degree of purity; "gold 21 carats fine"
  9. [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"
  10. [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"
  11. [adj]  superior to the average; "in fine spirits"; "a fine student"; "made good grades"; "morale was good"; "had good weather for the parade"
  12. [adj]  thin in thickness or diameter; "a fine film of oil"; "fine hairs"; "read the fine print"
  13. [adj]  being in good health; "he's feeling all right again"; "I'm fine, how are you?"
  14. [v]  impose a fine on
  15. [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!"

FINE is a 4 letter word that starts with F.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \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.
  3. \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
  4. \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.
  5. \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.
  6. \Fine\, v. t. & i. [OF. finer, F. finir. See {Finish}, v.
    To finish; to cease; or to cause to cease. [Obs.]
  7. \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
  8. \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.
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