What does fine mean?

Definitions for fine
ˈfi neɪfine

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word fine.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fine, mulct, amercementadjective

    money extracted as a penalty

  2. all right, fine, o.k., ok, okay, hunky-doryadjective

    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. fineadjective

    minutely precise especially in differences in meaning

    "a fine distinction"

  4. fineadjective

    thin in thickness or diameter

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

  5. fineadjective

    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. fineadjective

    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. fineverb

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

    "gold 21 carats fine"

  8. ticket, fineadverb

    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, OKadverb

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

  10. finely, fine, delicately, exquisitelyadverb

    in a delicate manner

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FINEadjective

    Etymology: finne, French; fijn, Dutch and Erse, perhaps from finitus, completed, Latin.

    Not any skill’d in loops of fingering fine,
    With this so curious net-work might compare. Edmund Spenser.

    He was arrayed in purple and fine linen. Luke.

    Two vessels of fine copper, precious as gold. Ezra viii. 27.

    In substance he promised himself money, honour, friends, and peace in the end; but those things were too fine to be fortunate, and succeed in all parts. Francis Bacon.

    Whether the scheme has not been pursued so far as to draw it into practice, or whether it be too fine to be capable of it, I will not determine. William Temple.

    Great affairs are commonly too rough and stubborn to be wrought upon by the finer edges or points of wit. Francis Bacon.

    Are they not senseless then, that think the soul
    Nought but a fine perfection of the sense. Davies.

    The irons of planes are set fine or rank: they are set fine, when they stand so shallow below the sole of the plane, that in working they take off a thin shaving. Joseph Moxon, Mech. Exer.

    The wisdom of all these latter times, in princes affairs, is rather fine deliveries, and shiftings of dangers and mischiefs, than solid and grounded courses to keep them aloof. Francis Bacon.

    Through his fine handling, and his cleanly play,
    He all those royal signs had stol’n away. Hubberd’s Tale.

    To call the trumpet by the name of the metal was fine. Dry.

    He was not only the finest gentleman of his time, but one of the finest scholars. Henry Felton, on the Classicks.

    It is with a fine genius as with a fine fashion; all those are displeased at it who are not able to follow it. Alexander Pope.

    The satirical part of mankind will needs believe, that it is not impossible to be very fine and very filthy. Jonathan Swift.

    The same knave, Ford, her husband, hath the finest mad devil of jealousy in him, master Brook, that ever governed frenzy. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    They taught us, indeed, to cloath, to dwell in houses,
    To feast, to sleep on down, to be profuse:
    A fine exchange for liberty. Ambrose Philips, Briton.

  2. Finenoun

    Etymology: ffin, Cimbr.

    The killing of an Irishman was not punished by our law, as manslaughter, which is felony and capital; but by a fine or pecuniary punishment, called an ericke. John Davies, on Ireland.

    Ev’n this ill night your breathing shall expire,
    Paying the fine of rated treachery. William Shakespeare, King John.

    The spirit of wantonness is sure scared out of him: if the devil have him not in fee-simple, with fine and recovery, he will never, I think, in the way of waste, attempt us again. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    Beside fines set upon plays, games, balls and feasting, they have many customs which contribute to their simplicity. Addis.

    How vain that second life in others breath,
    Th’ estate which wits inherit after death!
    Ease, health, and life for this they must resign,
    Unsure the tenure, but how vast the fine! Alexander Pope.

    In fine, whatsoever he was, he was nothing but what it pleased Zelmane, the powers of his spirit depending of her. Philip Sidney.

    His resolution, in fine, is, that in the church a number of things are strictly observed, whereof no law of scripture maketh mention one way or other. Richard Hooker, b. ii. s. 5.

    Still the fine’s the crown;
    Whate’er the course, the end is the renown. William Shakespeare.

    Your daughter, ere she seems as won,
    Desires this ring; appoints him an encounter;
    In fine, delivers me to fill the time,
    Herself most chastly absent. William Shakespeare, All’s well that ends well.

    The blessings of fortune are the lowest: the next are the bodily advantages of strength and health; but the superlative blessings, in fine, are those of the mind. Roger L'Estrange.

    In fine, he wears no limbs about him sound,
    With sores and sicknesses beleaguer’d round. John Dryden, Juv.

    In fine, let there be a perfect relation betwixt the parts and the whole, that they may be entirely of a piece. Dryden.

  3. To Fineverb

    Etymology: from fine, the adjective.

    The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold. Prov.

    There is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold, where they fine it. Job xxviii. 1.

    Hugh Capet also, who usurp’d the crown,
    To fine his title with some shews of truth,
    Convey’d himself as heir to th’ lady Lingare. William Shakespeare, H. V.

    It fines the grass, but makes it short, though thick. John Mortimer.

    It is good also for fuel, not to omit the shavings of it for the fining of wine. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    To fine men one third of their fortune, without any crime committed, seems very hard. John Locke.

  4. To Fineverb

    To pay a fine.

    What poet ever fi’d for sheriff? or who
    By rhymes and verse did ever lord mayor grow? John Oldham.


  1. FINE

    FINE is an informal association of the four main fair trade networks: Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO), International Fair Trade Association (now the World Fair Trade Organization, WFTO), Network of European Worldshops (NEWS!) and European Fair Trade Association (EFTA) that was created in 1998.


  1. fine

    Fine: A fine is a monetary penalty imposed as a punishment or consequence for a violation of a rule, law, contract, or societal norms. It serves as a deterrent to discourage individuals from engaging in certain behaviors or actions that are considered undesirable or prohibited.

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. Fineadjective

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

  13. Fineadjective

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

  14. Fineadjective

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

  15. Finenoun

    end; conclusion; termination; extinction

  16. Finenoun

    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. Finenoun

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

  18. Finenoun

    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. Finenoun

    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. Fineverb

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

  21. Fineverb

    to finish; to cease; or to cause to cease

  22. Etymology: [OF. finer, F. finir. See Finish, v. t.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fine

    fīn, adj. excellent: beautiful: not coarse or heavy: subtle: thin: slender: exquisite: nice: delicate: overdone: showy: splendid: striking or remarkable (often ironically): pure, refined: consisting of small particles; sharp, keen.—v.t. to make fine: to refine: to purify: to change by imperceptible degrees.—adv. (Scot.) for finely, well.—v.t. Fine′-draw, to draw or sew up a rent so finely that it is not seen.—p.adj. Fine′-drawn, drawn out too finely.—adj. Fine′ish, somewhat fine.—adv. Fine′ly.—ns. Fine′ness; Fin′er (same as Refiner); Fin′ery, splendour, fine or showy things: a place where anything is fined or refined: a furnace for making iron malleable.—adjs. Fine′-spok′en, using fine phrases; Fine′-spun, finely spun out: artfully contrived.—Fine arts, as painting, sculpture, music, those chiefly concerned with the beautiful—opp. to the Useful or Industrial arts. [Fr.,—L. finitus, finished, from finīre, to finish, finis, an end.]

  2. Fine

    fīn, n. a composition: a sum of money imposed as a punishment.—v.t. to impose a fine on: to punish by fine: (Shak.) to pledge or pawn.—adj. Fine′less (Shak.), endless.—In fine, in conclusion. [Low L. finis, a fine—L. finis, an end.]

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. fine

    A term of comparison, as fine ship, &c., or lean (which see). Also, see FYEN.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. FINE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Fine is ranked #3097 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Fine surname appeared 11,618 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4 would have the surname Fine.

    91.7% or 10,655 total occurrences were White.
    2.3% or 270 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 234 total occurrences were Black.
    1.6% or 194 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.6% or 191 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 76 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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 for fine »

  1. enif

  2. neif

  3. nife

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fine in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of fine in a Sentence

  1. Jimmy Kimmel:

    Here’s the thing about taking risks when it comes to the national anthem: Don’t. Just don’t, don’t take risks when you’re doing brain surgery, don’t take risks driving a school bus – or singing the national anthem. Just regular is fine.

  2. Christian Crawford:

    After I finished praying, that was it, I knew God was going to do his job, we had 1,000-plus people there, so I know he heard our prayer, and I got an update on the [victim] and she’s doing fine.

  3. Louis Jordan:

    I'm doing fine now.

  4. House Speaker Paul Ryan:

    We just said, 'Be yourself, communicate to the country, represent your party as well as you have been and you'll be just fine,' i think she's a great spokesman for our party, I think the future is extremely bright for Nikki and that's why we asked her to do it.

  5. Angela Carter:

    Fine art, that exists for itself alone, is art in a final state of impotence. If nobody, including the artist, acknowledges art as a means of knowing the world, then art is relegated to a kind of rumpus room of the mind and the irresponsibility of the artist and the irrelevance of art to actual living becomes part and parcel of the practice of art.

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  • غرامةArabic
  • ваҡBashkir
  • изящен, добре, пречиствам, глобявам, филтрирам, ясно, фин, избистрям се, хубаво, рафинирам, пречиствам се, ситен, висококачествен, добър, тънък, глобаBulgarian
  • pokutaCzech
  • mânWelsh
  • filtern, gut, genügend, passabel, Geldbuße, heiß, herrlich, filigran, Geldstrafe, sieben, sexy, Bußgeld, fein, akzeptabel, klären, [[mit]] [[einer]] [[Geldstrafe]] [[belegen]]German
  • [[επιβάλλω]] [[πρόστιμο]], εκλεκτός, [[χρηματικός, εντάξει, καλά, λεπτός, εξαιρετικός, αίθριος, πρόστιμοGreek
  • bueno, multar, fino, bien, multa, apuestoSpanish
  • isunBasque
  • hienontua, jalostaa, kaunis, kirkastua, jalostua, hienostua, oivallinen, hienontaa, puhdistua, kirkastaa, puhdistaa, sakko, hieno, sakottaaFinnish
  • fin, fine, beau, amende, bien, belleFrench
  • breá, mínIrish
  • cìs, càinScottish Gaelic
  • משובח, קנס, לקנוסHebrew
  • բարձրակարգ, մանր, բարձրորակArmenian
  • baikIndonesian
  • multa, bene, bella, bello, multare, fineItalian
  • وردKurdish
  • BoussLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • baudaLithuanian
  • angiangiMāori
  • prachtig, boete, fijn, uitstekend, beboeten, goedDutch
  • fint, bot, fin, ilegge bot, pen, bra, flott, bøteleggeNorwegian
  • grzywnaPolish
  • bom, bonito, fino, multa, multarPortuguese
  • отличный, утончённый, тонкий, хороший, прекра́сный, пеня, изя́щный, превосходный, прекрасно, хорошо́, краси́вый, взыска́ние, сухой, штраф, ми́лый, то́нкий, штрафовать, отлично, мелкий, худо́й, великолепный, ясныйRussian
  • kaznaSerbo-Croatian
  • OK, fin, prydlig, vacker, liten, bra, stilig, framstående, bot, skicklig, fint, späd, härlig, grann, nätt, präktig, utsökt, smal, fintrådig, ståtlig, finkornig, bötfälla, utmärktSwedish
  • fainiSwahili
  • అపరాధముTelugu
  • inceTurkish
  • пеня, штрафUkrainian
  • קנסYiddish

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