Definitions for fineˈfi neɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

finefaɪn(adj.)fin•er, fin•est

  1. (adj.)of superior or best quality; of high or highest grade; excellent:

    fine wine.

  2. consisting of minute particles:

    fine sand.

  3. very thin; slender:

    fine thread.

  4. keen; sharp, as a tool.

  5. delicate in texture or workmanship:

    fine cotton.

  6. highly skilled; accomplished:

    a fine musician.

  7. trained to the maximum degree, as an athlete.

  8. characterized by refinement or elegance; polished; refined:

    fine manners.

  9. affectedly ornate or elegant.

  10. delicate; subtle:

    a fine distinction.

  11. healthy; well.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  12. elegant in appearance; smart.

  13. good-looking; handsome:

    a fine young man.

  14. (of a precious metal or its alloy) free from impurities; containing a large amount of pure metal.

    Category: Metallurgy

  15. (adv.)Informal. excellently; very well.

    Category: Informal

  16. finely; delicately:

    fine wrought lettering.

  17. (v.i.)to become fine or finer, as by refining.

  18. (v.t.)to make fine or finer, esp. by refining or pulverizing.

  19. to reduce the size or proportions of (often used with down or away):

    to fine down heavy features.

  20. to clarify (wines or spirits) by filtration.

    Category: Viniculture/Winemaking

Origin of fine:

1250–1300; ME fin < AF, OF: extreme, farthest, best < L fīnis end

finefaɪn(n.; v.)fined, fin•ing.

  1. (n.)a sum of money imposed as a penalty for an offense or dereliction:

    a parking fine.

  2. a fee paid by a feudal tenant to a landlord, as on the renewal of tenure.

    Category: Law

  3. (formerly) a conveyance of land through decree of an English court, based upon a simulated lawsuit.

    Category: Law

  4. Archaic. a penalty of any kind.

  5. (v.t.)to subject to a fine.

Idioms for fine:

  1. in fine, in short; briefly.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of fine:

1150–1200; ME fin < AF, OF < L fīnis end, ML: settlement, payment

fi•neˈfi neɪ(n.)

  1. Music. the end.

    Category: Music and Dance

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fine, mulct, amercement(adj)

    money extracted as a penalty

  2. all right, fine, o.k., ok, okay, hunky-dory(adj)

    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"

  3. fine(adj)

    minutely precise especially in differences in meaning

    "a fine distinction"

  4. fine(adj)

    thin in thickness or diameter

    "a fine film of oil"; "fine hairs"; "read the fine print"

  5. fine(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. fine(adj)

    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"

  7. fine(verb)

    free from impurities; having a high or specified degree of purity

    "gold 21 carats fine"

  8. ticket, fine(adverb)

    issue a ticket or a fine to as a penalty

    "I was fined for parking on the wrong side of the street"; "Move your car or else you will be ticketed!"

  9. very well, fine, alright, all right, OK(adverb)

    an expression of agreement normally occurring at the beginning of a sentence

  10. finely, fine, delicately, exquisitely(adverb)

    in a delicate manner

    "finely shaped features"; "her fine drawn body"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. fine(adjective)ˈfi neɪ

    good or acceptable

    "Is orange juice OK?" "Yes, that's fine thanks."

  2. fineˈfi neɪ

    in good health and happy

    "How are you?" "I'm fine thanks."

  3. fineˈfi neɪ

    excellent or of high quality

    fine foods

  4. fineˈfi neɪ

    very thin

    a fine fabric; Her hair is very fine.

  5. fineˈfi neɪ

    (of weather) sunny

    ***Tomorrow should be fine, but windy.

  6. fine(adverb)ˈfi neɪ

    acceptably or well enough

    The operation was a success and he's doing fine now.

  7. fine(noun)ˈfi neɪ

    a payment that must be made as a punishment

    I had to pay a $100 fine.

  8. fine(verb)ˈfi neɪ

    to punish sb by making them pay money

    He was fined for parking his car illegally.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fine

    finished; brought to perfection; refined; hence, free from impurity; excellent; superior; elegant; worthy of admiration; accomplished; beautiful

  2. Fine

    aiming at show or effect; loaded with ornament; overdressed or overdecorated; showy

  3. Fine

    nice; delicate; subtle; exquisite; artful; skillful; dexterous

  4. Fine

    not coarse, gross, or heavy

  5. Fine

    not gross; subtile; thin; tenous

  6. Fine

    not coarse; comminuted; in small particles; as, fine sand or flour

  7. Fine

    not thick or heavy; slender; filmy; as, a fine thread

  8. Fine

    thin; attenuate; keen; as, a fine edge

  9. Fine

    made of fine materials; light; delicate; as, fine linen or silk

  10. Fine

    having (such) a proportion of pure metal in its composition; as, coins nine tenths fine

  11. Fine

    (Used ironically.)

  12. Fine(adj)

    to make fine; to refine; to purify, to clarify; as, to fine gold

  13. Fine(adj)

    to make finer, or less coarse, as in bulk, texture, etc.; as. to fine the soil

  14. Fine(adj)

    to change by fine gradations; as (Naut.), to fine down a ship's lines, to diminish her lines gradually

  15. Fine(noun)

    end; conclusion; termination; extinction

  16. Fine(noun)

    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

  17. Fine(noun)

    a final agreement concerning lands or rents between persons, as the lord and his vassal

  18. Fine(noun)

    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

  19. Fine(noun)

    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

  20. Fine(verb)

    to pay a fine. See Fine, n., 3 (b)

  21. Fine(verb)

    to finish; to cease; or to cause to cease


  1. Fine

    Fine is a town in St. Lawrence County, New York, United States. The population was 1,512 at the 2010 census. The town is named after Judge John Fine, a businessman involved in settling the town. The Town of Fine is in the south part of the county, south of Canton. The SUNY-ESF Ranger School is in the eastern part of the town.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. fine

    [WPI] Good, but not good enough to be cuspy. The word fine is used elsewhere, of course, but without the implicit comparison to the higher level implied by cuspy.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fine' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #865

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fine' in Written Corpus Frequency: #480

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fine' in Nouns Frequency: #2980

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fine' in Verbs Frequency: #1009

  5. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fine' in Adjectives Frequency: #74

Anagrams of fine

  1. Enif

  2. Ifen

Translations for fine

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(usually of art etc) very good; of excellent quality

fine paintings; a fine performance.

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