What does fine mean?

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ˈfi neɪfine

Here are all the possible meanings 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"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fine

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

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

  2. Fine

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

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

  3. Fine

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

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

  4. Fine

    not coarse, gross, or heavy

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

  5. Fine

    not gross; subtile; thin; tenous

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

  6. Fine

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

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

  7. Fine

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

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

  8. Fine

    thin; attenuate; keen; as, a fine edge

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

  9. Fine

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

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

  10. Fine

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

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

  11. Fine

    (Used ironically.)

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

  12. Fineadjective

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

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

  13. Fineadjective

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

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

  14. Fineadjective

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

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

  15. Finenoun

    end; conclusion; termination; extinction

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

  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

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

  17. Finenoun

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

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

  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

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

  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

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

  20. Fineverb

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

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

  21. Fineverb

    to finish; to cease; or to cause to cease

    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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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

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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. Paul Cezanne:

    This solution in the spirit of the Swiss-French friendship and partnership allows two great museums, Bern Museum of Fine Art and the Musee Granet in Aix-en-Provence, to show a masterpiece by our grandfather Paul Cezanne for the benefit and enjoyment of a great audience, it is a work that until 1940 was owned by the Cezanne family.

  2. Demi Lovato:

    Well, first I was like, 'Umm, we need to talk,' and then we talked and I was fine. I was like, 'Look, I'm not mad at you but you need to choose your words more carefully next time,'.

  3. Sheila Poddar:

    All three children are safe and healthy, the mother is also fine.

  4. Eko Sulistyo:

    If the approach is wrong, it's a fine line between wanting to be part of Indonesia and becoming a freedom fighter.

  5. Taylor Stewart:

    If you don't like it. If you don't agree with it, that`s fine. That's your own opinion, but I mean just let people be who they are and don't say hurtful things.

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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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