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fine \fine\ (f[imac]n), a. [Compar. finer (f[imac]n"[~e]r); 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.

    Not only the finest gentleman of his time, but one of the finest scholars.

    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!

    The nicest and most delicate touches of satire consist in fine raillery.

    He has as fine a hand at picking a pocket as a woman.
    --T. Gray.

  4. Not coarse, gross, or heavy; as:

    1. Not gross; subtile; thin; tenous.

      The eye standeth in the finer medium and the object in the grosser.

    2. Not coarse; comminuted; in small particles; as, fine sand or flour.

    3. Not thick or heavy; slender; filmy; as, a fine thread.

    4. Thin; attenuate; keen; as, a fine edge.

    5. 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.

    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.

    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 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.


a. (en-comparative of: fine) n. One who fines or purifies.


adj. (comparative of `fine') greater in quality or excellence; "a finer wine"; "a finer musician"


Finer is a surname, and may refer to:

  • Hagar Finer, Israeli boxer
  • Herman Finer (1898–1969), British administrative-scholar
  • Jem Finer musician/composer
  • Sir Morris Finer, lawyer
  • Leslie Finer, journalist
  • Samuel Finer (1915–93), historian of government
  • Sarah Dawn Finer, singer, songwriter, and actress
  • Stephen Finer, artist

Usage examples of "finer".

As she rose from her seat, she did not thank the guests for their applause, but, addressing the young artist with affability, she told him, with a sweet smile, that she had never played on a finer instrument.

The clave called Dovetail backed right up against this green belt and was no less densely wooded, though from a distance it had a finer texture-more and smaller trees, and many flowers.

It enables the planter to produce a drier bean, and one which has, when roasted, a finer flavour, colour, and aroma, than the unfermented.

Just so, my child, the finer part of food rises when it is eaten, and becomes mind.

Hungry with no market-day bun, Jack had yearned for fancy bread, sticky with sugar and finer than cake, something he had tasted one Whitsunday.

Exotic foodstuffs could be had at Globus, finer clothing from PKZ, and pastries, of course, from Sprungli.

As naked as she, I stood before her, taller, finer, and with his chald of couchbond, upon which was strung a fortune in gol drops, at my waist.

I had a finer taste for beauty, as she, for whose sake I had made myself into a waiter, was at that moment a guest of mine in my country house.

I had the honour of sitting next the duchess at dinner, and she deigned to say that she had never seen a finer dress.

They had space, their own settlements including finer hibernatories, better than those on their home planets, Clarf and Sef, although there was considerably more prestige in going to a Clarf facility.

You may have strangled in their infancy all the finer qualities with which nature has endowed your son, and have fairly set him on the way to become a monster instead of an angel.

Derian could see the New Kelvinese tended toward leaner, finer builds.

The cost of fine grinding is considerable, for whilst the first breaking down of the cacao nibs and sugar crystals is comparatively easy, it is found that as the particles of chocolate get finer the cost of further reduction increases by leaps and bounds.

Grades finer than BOP are called fannings, PF for Pekoe Fannings, and the smallest particles are referred to as dust.

A mightier work than the Pyramids, a finer work than a refashioned chromosome, the ship moved on toward a Saturn which had become the second brightest beacon in the firmament.