There are 4 main definitions of fine in English:

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Pronunciation: /fʌɪn
 
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adjective

1Of very high quality; very good of its kind: this was a fine piece of film-making fine wines
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  • Gunner Palace is a fine piece of filmmaking and a fine piece of journalism, and I highly recommend it.
  • This pottery is distinctive because of its high quality, fine decoration, and beautifully curved shapes.
  • Of exceptionally fine quality, it is pyramid-shaped and inset with beaded gold wiring in the shape of a serpent.
Synonyms
excellent, first-class, first-rate, great, exceptional, outstanding, admirable, quality, superior, splendid, magnificent, beautiful, exquisite, choice, select, prime, supreme, superb, wonderful, sublime, superlative, very good, of high quality, of a high standard, second to none, top, rare
informal A1, top-notch, splendiferous, stellar
North American informal dandy
British informal , dated top-hole
1.1Worthy of or eliciting admiration: what a fine human being he is a fine musician
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  • The two lads are extremely fine musicians and go down really well at various pub and cabaret venues around the city and county.
  • A fine musician, Eddie had been unable to hit the right notes with his golf until Sunday, when his dedication to the game paid off.
  • A fine singer and musician, he also writes very good songs and is a record producer of considerable note.
Synonyms
worthy, admirable, praiseworthy, laudable, estimable, upright, upstanding, respectable, seemly, ladylike, gentlemanly;
attractive, good-looking, handsome, lovely, pretty, striking, stunning, delightful, well favoured;
Scottish & Northern English bonny
archaic comely, fair
1.2Good; satisfactory: relations in the group were fine
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  • It may be fine to say average rates have been lowered with the various rebates.
  • In fact, just pressing my nose against the window and giving him a double thumbs up satisfies me fine.
  • However, more is fine if you tolerate the higher carbohydrate amount and feel good consuming it.
Synonyms
all right, acceptable, suitable, good, good enough, agreeable, fair, passable, satisfactory, adequate, reasonable, up to scratch, up to the mark, up to standard, up to par, average, tolerable
informal OK, tickety-boo
1.3Used to express one’s agreement with or acquiescence to something: anything you want is fine by me, Linda he said such a solution would be fine
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  • Frankly, if there are people on the left or the right that are not sure how he's going to rule on a case, that's fine by me.
  • Any outcome from here on in is fine by me, and I mean that honestly.
  • If you don't get HBO, you're missing a large part of that greatness, which is fine by me.
1.4In good health and feeling well: ‘I’m fine, just fine. And you?’
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  • Frances is on virtually no medication and in fine health.
  • There is no update, he says, other than adding that his health is fine.
  • I presume he's fine, in good health and that, but it's very unlike him to pop off.
Synonyms
in good health, well, healthy, all right, fit, fighting fit, as fit as a fiddle, as fit as a flea, robust, strong, vigorous, blooming, thriving, in good shape, in good condition, in fine fettle
informal OK, in the pink, up to snuff
1.5(Of the weather) bright and clear: it was another fine winter day
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  • Mr Clarke said he walks to work when the weather is fine but in the winter he appreciates being able to call on a lift.
  • Luckily, the weather was fine and some sunshine managed to peek through.
  • The river is still coloured but this is expected to clear over the coming week, if the fine weather forecasted arrives.
Synonyms
fair, dry, bright, clear, sunny, sunshiny, cloudless, unclouded, without a cloud in the sky, warm, balmy, summery, clement, agreeable, pleasant, nice, benign
1.6Imposing or impressive in appearance: Donleavy was a fine figure of a man
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  • A fine figure of a man, he radiates masculine self-assurance, a quality that interested her greatly.
  • Hence it helps if the actor is a fine figure of a man, of noble countenance and with a beautiful speaking voice.
  • He was a fine figure of a man, she thought and some woman must be missing him.
Synonyms
1.7(Of speech or writing) sounding impressive and grand but ultimately insincere: fine words seemed to produce few practical benefits
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  • It is full of grand statements and fine sounding but vague promises to assist working people and the poor.
  • It will be very gratifying indeed to see such a fine speech as that followed up by a vote that is in line with her own rhetoric.
  • I hesitate to interrupt my colleague, because he is giving a very fine speech.
1.8Denoting or displaying a state of good, though not excellent, preservation in stamps, books, coins, etc.
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  • Despite the specimen's fine preservation, we are not sure to what species it belongs.
1.9(Of gold or silver) containing a specified high proportion of pure metal: the coin is struck in .986 fine gold
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  • They have one of their fine Gold Dots of the same weight and also a 325 gr.
2Very thin or narrow: a fine nylon thread fine flyaway hair
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  • Acupuncture points lie on meridians and are stimulated by the insertion of thin, fine needles at various points.
  • The obvious answer to counter this infiltration was a fine wire which lit a signal lamp when broken.
  • Nick's Cajun chicken pasta consisted of a bed of fine ribbons of fresh pasta tossed in a light tomato sauce with pieces of spiced Cajun chicken on top.
Synonyms
2.1(Of a point) sharp: I sharpened the leads to a fine point
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  • By the time I finished grade school, my sense of dark, black humor had been honed to a fine point.
  • On the outer edges of the sword was shining steel, sharpened to a fine point.
Synonyms
narrow, slender, slim, thin
2.2Made or consisting of small particles: the soils were all fine silt
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  • This groundbait with its very fine particles was designed to catch the tiny little canal roach.
  • The material can range from fine particles to large lumps.
  • Dust and fine sand particles tend to cling to the surface of the skin, especially in the folds and in between the toes and fingers.
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2.3Of delicate or intricate workmanship or structure: fine bone china
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  • She fingered fine muslins and intricate laces, heavy crimson silks and tulle.
  • The winning hybrids yielded breads with a fine crumb structure and a high overall number of cells.
  • It looks like it is made up of an intricate fine lace expertly spun in glass fibers no thicker than human hair.
Synonyms
delicate, fragile, frail, breakable, dainty, insubstantial
formal frangible
intricate, delicate, detailed, minute, elaborate, ornate, dainty, meticulous, painstaking
2.4(Of something abstract) subtle and therefore perceived only with difficulty and care: there is a fine distinction between misrepresenting the truth and lying
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  • When the opportunity came I would be fine, I'd be okay because I like to think that I take care of the fine detail in football.
  • Other hypotheses he puts forward also invoke this very fine, subtle matter.
  • It's a fine distinction to be drawn, clearly - but we know that governments have more information than the general public.
Synonyms
hair-splitting, elusive, abstruse, overnice
2.5(Of a physical faculty) sensitive and discriminating: he has a fine eye for the detail and texture of social scenery
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  • Rafael Benitez is clearly an intelligent coach who has a fine understanding of the game.
  • I think Dr Lynda Scott has struck that very, very sensitive, fine balance.
  • That fine sensitivity also helps to interpret a minor insult or affront as a threat or rejection.
3 Cricket Directed or stationed behind the wicket and close to the line of flight of the ball when it is bowled.
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  • He moved me back and the ball went straight through fine gully, again exactly where I had been standing.

noun

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Very small particles found in mining, milling, etc.
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  • It raises dust, separating fines from aggregate.
  • The clay minerals and copious fines reported suggest that blockfields were produced by chemical weathering in a Mediterranean-type climate.
  • Eighteen stalls were randomly bedded with sand or granite fines.

adverb

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1 informal In a satisfactory or pleasing manner; very well: ‘And how’s the job-hunting going?’ ‘Oh, fine.’ mother and baby are both doing fine
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  • He was well liked and fine mannered young man who later secured work in the Bacon Factory where he spent some years.
  • He had had trouble with TelePrompter in the past, he did just fine last night.
2 Cricket Behind the wicket and close to the line of flight of the ball when it is bowled.

verb

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1 [with object] Clarify (beer or wine) by causing the precipitation of sediment during production.
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  • We fine the wine with egg extracts, so are we to put that on the label?
  • Fish extract is used to fine the wine - to take all the cloudy particles out of it.
  • To ensure clarity and stability, wine often needs to be fined (wine-speak for clarified) and filtered.
1.1 [no object] (Of liquid) become clear.
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  • The heavy rains earlier in the week have added a much needed drop of extra water to our local rivers which should be fining down nicely by the weekend.
  • Wood-matured ports, often called simply wood ports, are aged either in wooden casks or, sometimes, cement tanks, and are ready to drink straight after fining, filtration, and bottling.
2Make or become thinner: [no object]: she’d certainly fined down—her face was thinner
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  • In a set of photographs at the end of the book, we see the twins fined down to skin and bone shortly after their release from Kolyma in 1942.
  • He preserved a courtly oblivion towards the event, though it seems beyond reason that he could have not noticed his wife's girth had suddenly fined down.
  • His face was fined down and lost most of its boyishness but his skin was still a dusky gold.
3 [no object] (fine up) Northern English & Australian /NZ informal (Of the weather) become bright and clear.
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  • About 10: 30 P.M.that night it suddenly hit us all simultaneously that the wind had calmed down and the weather had fined up.
  • It was an easy day, but frustrating in having to just wait around until the weather fined up.
  • The weather will fine up on Tuesday before a change on Thursday night bringing some thundery rain on Friday followed by showers on Saturday and Sunday.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French fin, based on Latin finire 'to finish' (see finish).

Phrases

cut it (or things) fine

Allow a very small margin of something, especially time: boys who have cut it rather fine are scuttling into chapel
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  • They're cutting things fine in Athens as the jackhammers around the main stadium mix with the sounds of rehearsals for the Opening Ceremony.
  • The airport bus wasn't due to leave for 20 minutes, and it was already 6: 10, which was going to be cutting it fine for a 7pm flight.
  • ‘You're cutting it fine,’ said a thin man with dry lips.

do someone fine

Suit or be enough for someone.
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  • So it looks like my theory that an 800 seater would do us fine with plenty of room for people who showed up on the day might have been a little over-optimistic.
  • I still ‘sleep fast ‘- 5-6 hours, but it seems to do me fine.’
  • If we finish one place behind the European qualification places it would do me fine.

fine feathers make fine birds

proverb Beautiful or expensive clothes may make the wearer seem more impressive than is really the case.

a fine line

A subtle distinction between two concepts or situations: there’s a fine line between humour and inappropriateness the president has been treading a fine line on immigration
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  • In Riyadh, the absolute monarchy of Saudi Arabia walks a fine line to maintain power.
  • Each of them knows he walks a fine line.
  • In the Social Security debate, Democrats are walking a fine line.

the finer points of

The more complex or detailed aspects of: he went on to discuss the finer points of his work
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  • I was discussing the finer points of impeachment, and votes of no confidence.
  • Now their only problem might come from itinerant lawyers wanting to discuss the finer points of local corporate law.
  • I doubt that he knows the finer points of what's proper or not proper.

——'s finest

North American informal The police of a particular city: Moscow’s finest
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  • I opened the door to one of our city's finest… the Vancouver Police Department.
  • The inimitable Fish makes several pungent observations on the transgressions of our city 's finest this past holiday.
  • Some of the city's finest were recognized Feb. 7 for their cool heads in the line of duty.

one's finer feelings

One’s feelings of honour, loyalty, or duty; one’s conscience or sense of morality.
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  • It was a period when middle-class fathers often withdrew behind taciturnity and rituals of manliness, when mothers stifled their finer feelings and aspirations behind domestic routines.
  • More specifically addressing Freeman Dyson's essay, Freeman writes ‘If we are partly analog, the downloading of a human consciousness into a digital computer may involve a certain loss of our finer feelings and qualities.’
  • It addresses our finer feelings, and gives exercise to every mild and generous propensity ’.

one's finest hour

The time of one’s greatest success.
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  • They are nostalgic for their finest hour.
  • Others (the late, great Luis Bunuel for example), however, seem to enjoy their finest hour.
  • And let us not forget their finest hour: the night of treachery 14 years ago that began this whole unhappy saga

fine words butter no parsnips

proverb Nothing is achieved by empty promises or flattery.

not to put too fine a point on it

To speak bluntly: not to put too fine a point on it, your Emily is a liar
[figuratively, with reference to the sharpening of a weapon, tool, etc.]
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  • For short stories are wonderful in this respect: they are, as the name of the genre strongly suggests, short, unlike novels, which, in comparison with most typical short stories, are, not to put too fine a point on it, long.
  • We are dealing here with people who are, not to put too fine a point on it, nuts.
  • This is, not to put too fine a point on it, insane.

one fine day

At some unspecified or unknown time: one fine day he decided to take an apartment in Rome
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  • And once we get down to improving our infrastructure, which includes good roads, uninterrupted power supply, a good international airport, which is going to happen one fine day, then we can say we are nearly there.
  • Normal service resumes… oh, I don't know… one fine day.
  • Then one fine day, a boy called Rocky almost proved me wrong.

Derivatives

finely

adverb
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  • This is an exhausting, but finely and intelligently acted picture about the last months of a dying man.
  • The sets are simply enormous and finely detailed and are captured in all their glory.
  • Add two small green chillies, finely sliced, and cook for another couple of minutes.

fineness

noun
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  • The fineness of the mesh makes them completely watertight.
  • He received the wool in huge bales and then graded it according to length and fineness, before despatching it to the cloth-maker or dealer.
  • Rock salt is what the salt mined from underground is called, whether it is literally mined in solid form (a practice now rare) or pumped up to the surface and then evaporated, to be crystallized to the desired degree of fineness.

Definition of fine in:

There are 4 main definitions of fine in English:

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Pronunciation: /fʌɪn
 
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noun

A sum of money exacted as a penalty by a court of law or other authority: a parking fine
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  • The question becomes, ‘Are they penalties or fines imposed by a court’?
  • The Supreme Court held these fines could, consistent with the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, be imposed only if preceded by a criminal trial.
  • The Court should have regard to any other fines or penalties suffered by the defendant for the misconduct in question.
Synonyms
financial penalty, punishment, forfeit, forfeiture, sanction, punitive action, penalty, fee, charge, penance;
(fines)damages
formal mulct
British historical amercement

verb

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Punish (someone) for an illegal or illicit act by making them pay a sum of money: she was fined £1500 for driving offences
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  • The recent move to fine inconsiderate drivers from illegal parking is late in forthcoming.
  • The magistrate convicted the applicant and fined him $400 with costs.
  • In related news, the Taiwan High Court yesterday fined a man for illegally hiring a Chinese woman to work in his home.
Synonyms
penalize, punish by fining, impose a fine on, exact a penalty from, charge
informal sting
formal mulct
British historical amerce

Origin

Middle English: from Old French fin 'end, payment', from Latin finis 'end' (in medieval Latin denoting a sum paid on settling a lawsuit). The original sense was 'conclusion' (surviving in the phrase in fine); also used in the medieval Latin sense, the word came to denote a penalty of any kind, later specifically a monetary penalty.

Derivatives

fineable

Pronunciation: /ˈfʌɪnəb(ə)l/
adjective
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  • Substantial areas in Scotland are now covered by these Orders which make it a fineable offence to fish without a written permit and/or by a method not prescribed on the permit.
  • Not only is it a fineable offence, it's completely disrespectful.
  • They declined to divulge any other examples of fineable offences.

Definition of fine in:

There are 4 main definitions of fine in English:

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noun

[mass noun]
1French brandy of high quality made from distilled wine rather than from pomace.
1.1 short for fine champagne.

Definition of fine in:

There are 4 main definitions of fine in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfiːneɪ
 
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noun

(In musical directions) the place where a piece of music finishes (when this is not at the end of the score but at the end of an earlier section which is repeated at the end of the piece).

Origin

Italian, from Latin finis 'end'.

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