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ˈfaɪn lifine·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. finelyadverb

    in tiny pieces

    "the surfaces were finely granular"

  2. finelyadverb

    in an elegant manner

    "finely costumed actors"

  3. finely, fine, delicately, exquisitelyadverb

    in a delicate manner

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


  1. finelyadverb

    In a manner to produce a fine result; as to grind finely means to grid to a fine powder.

  2. finelyadverb

    Very well, in a great way

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Finelyadverb

    Etymology: from fine.

    Plutarch says very finely, that a man should not allow himself to hate even his enemies; because, says he, if you indulge this passion on some occasions, it will rise of itself in others. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 125.

    The walls are painted, and represent the labours of Hercules: many of them look very finely, though a great part of the work has been cracked. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    Get you black lead, sharpened finely, and put it into quills. Henry Peacham, on Drawing.

    He was alone, save that he had two persons of honour, on either hand one, finely attired in white. Francis Bacon, New Atlantis.

    Saltpetre was but grossly beaten; for it should not be finely powdered. Boyle.

    Let laws be made to obey, and not to be obeyed, and you will find that kingdom finely governed in a short time. South.

    For him she loves:
    She nam’d not me; that may be Torrismond,
    Whom she has thrice in private seen this day:
    Then I am finely caught in my own snare. John Dryden, Sp. Fryar.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Finelyadverb

    in a fine or finished manner

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of finely in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of finely in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of finely in a Sentence

  1. John Selden:

    He that has not religion to govern his morality, is not a dram better than my mastiff-dog; so long as you stroke him, and please him, and do not pinch him, he will play with you as finely as may be, he is a very good moral mastiff; but if you hurt him, he will fly in your face, and tear out your throat.

  2. Marshall Perrin:

    The images are focused together as finely as the laws of physics allow, but as we were focusing on those bright stars, we couldn't help but see the rest of the universe coming into focus behind them, to see the more distant stars and galaxies coming into view.

  3. Ellen Goodman:

    All in all, I am not surprised that the people who want to unravel the social contract start with young adults. Those who are urged to feel afraid, very afraid, have both the greatest sense of independence and the most finely honed skepticism about government.

  4. Donald Trump:

    You know, if he becomes the nominee, he'll have to sort of hone his criticisms a little more finely because the facts will be easy to marshal, but you know, he's good at this, that's what he does. And the people that he is telling it to now basically have only heard that story, so they believe it and it's probably good politics for him.

  5. Stefan Worrall:

    There's been a tempering of bullishness in the Nikkei, the risks are finely balanced at the moment and without catalysts or a clear direction we're seeing a real lack of conviction in the market.

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