exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury
"a delicate violin passage"; "delicate china"; "a delicate flavor"; "the delicate wing of a butterfly"
marked by great skill especially in meticulous technique
"a surgeon's delicate touch"
delicate, fragile, frail(adj)
easily broken or damaged or destroyed
"a kite too delicate to fly safely"; "fragile porcelain plates"; "fragile old bones"; "a frail craft"
"soft hands"; "a baby's delicate skin"
developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety
"the satire touches with finespun ridicule every kind of human pretense"
delicate, ticklish, touchy(adj)
difficult to handle; requiring great tact
"delicate negotiations with the big powers";"hesitates to be explicit on so ticklish a matter"; "a touchy subject"
of an instrument or device; capable of registering minute differences or changes precisely
"almost undetectable with even the most delicate instruments"
A delicate item of clothing, especially underwear or lingerie.
Don't put that in with your jeans: it's a delicate!
A choice dainty; a delicacy.
With abstinence all delicates he sees. uE000104742uE001 Dryden.
A delicate, luxurious, or effeminate person.
All the vessels, then, which our delicates have, uE000104743uE001 those I mean that would seem to be more fine in their houses than their neighbours, uE000104744uE001 are only of the Corinth metal. uE000104745uE001 Holland.
Easily damaged or requiring careful handling.
Characterized by a fine structure or thin lines.
Intended for use with fragile items.
Set the washing machine to the delicate cycle
Of weak health, easily sick.
Unwell, especially because of having drunk too much alcohol.
Please don't speak so loudly - I'm feeling a bit delicate this morning
addicted to pleasure; luxurious; voluptuous; alluring
pleasing to the senses; refinedly agreeable; hence, adapted to please a nice or cultivated taste; nice; fine; elegant; as, a delicate dish; delicate flavor
slight and shapely; lovely; graceful; as, "a delicate creature."
fine or slender; minute; not coarse; -- said of a thread, or the like; as, delicate cotton
slight or smooth; light and yielding; -- said of texture; as, delicate lace or silk
soft and fair; -- said of the skin or a surface; as, a delicate cheek; a delicate complexion
light, or softly tinted; -- said of a color; as, a delicate blue
refined; gentle; scrupulous not to trespass or offend; considerate; -- said of manners, conduct, or feelings; as, delicate behavior; delicate attentions; delicate thoughtfulness
tender; not able to endure hardship; feeble; frail; effeminate; -- said of constitution, health, etc.; as, a delicate child; delicate health
requiring careful handling; not to be rudely or hastily dealt with; nice; critical; as, a delicate subject or question
of exacting tastes and habits; dainty; fastidious
nicely discriminating or perceptive; refinedly critical; sensitive; exquisite; as, a delicate taste; a delicate ear for music
affected by slight causes; showing slight changes; as, a delicate thermometer
a choice dainty; a delicacy
a delicate, luxurious, or effeminate person
Origin: [L. delicatus pleasing the senses, voluptuous, soft and tender; akin to deliciae delight: cf. F. dlicat. See Delight.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
del′i-kāt, adj. pleasing to the senses, esp. the taste: dainty: nicely discriminating or perceptive: of a fine, slight texture or constitution: tender: frail, not robust: requiring nice handling: refined in manners: gentle, polite, considerate: luxurious.—n. Del′icacy, state or quality of being delicate: refinement: nicety: tenderness, weakness: luxuriousness: anything delicate or dainty.—adv. Del′icately, in a delicate manner: (B.) luxuriously.—n. Del′icateness, state of being delicate: (B.) delicacy, luxury.—n.pl. Del′icates (B.), delicacies. [L. delicātus—deliciæ, allurements, luxury—delicĕre—de, inten., lacĕre, to entice.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'delicate' in Adjectives Frequency: #676
The numerical value of delicate in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of delicate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
[The F-16 is] too fast, too delicate and it can’t loiter around enough to provide support.
It's a very delicate balancing act, when we have to make sure that we're managing but not increasing and escalating the problem.
A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn it can be stabbed to death by a joke or worried to death by a frown on the right person's brow.
It's a very dangerous chokehold, because you can damage the very delicate structures in the throat, ... There are a lot of things police can do to prevent something like this.
The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling. Yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly.
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- delicatCatalan, Valencian
- jemný, choulostivý, rozklepanýCzech
- zart, hochempfindlich, empfindlich, filigran, anmutig, grazil, wählerisch, delikat, schwächlich, köstlich, anfällig, angeschlagen, erlesen, sanft, leicht, zierlich, feingliedrig, empfindsam, feinfühlig, anspruchsvoll, ausgesuchtGerman
- delikatsenta, delikataEsperanto
- изящный, изысканный, хрупкий, болезненный, деликатный, разбитыйRussian
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