Adjective: fine (finer,finest) fIn
Adverb: fine fIn
- Being satisfactory or in satisfactory condition
"everything's fine"; "dinner and the movies had been fine"; "another minute I'd have been fine";
- all right, o.k., OK, okay, hunky-dory, alright
- Minutely precise especially in differences in meaning
"a fine distinction"
- Thin in thickness or diameter
"a fine film of oil"; "fine hairs"; "read the fine print"
- Characterized by elegance, 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"
- Of textures that are smooth to the touch or substances consisting of relatively small 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"
- (metallurgy) free from impurities; having a high or specified degree of purity
"gold 21 carats fine"
Noun: fine fIn
- An expression of agreement normally occurring at the beginning of a sentence
- very well, alright, all right, OK, all righty [non-standard]
- In a delicate manner
"her fine drawn body";
- finely, delicately, exquisitely
Verb: fine fIn
- Money extracted as a penalty
- mulct, amercement [archaic]
- Issue a ticket or a fine to as a penalty
"I was fined for parking on the wrong side of the street";
- Clarify (wine and beer), e.g. by adding something to cause precipitation of unwanted impurities and sediment
Derived forms: fines, finer, fined, fining, finest
See also: close, close-grained, dustlike, elegant, fine-grained, floury, nongranular, powdered, powdery, precise, pulverised [Brit], pulverized, pure, satisfactory, small, small-grained, smooth, superfine, texture, thin, tight
Type of: book, penalty
Encyclopedia: Fine, Steven