What does fineness mean?

Definitions for fineness
ˈfaɪn nɪsfine·ness

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fineness, choicenessnoun

    the quality of being very good indeed

    "the inn is distinguished by the fineness of its cuisine"

  2. fineness, thinnessnoun

    the property of being very narrow or thin

    "he marvelled at the fineness of her hair"

  3. fineness, powderinessnoun

    having a very fine texture

    "the fineness of the sand on the beach"

  4. daintiness, delicacy, finenessnoun

    the quality of being beautiful and delicate in appearance

    "the daintiness of her touch"; "the fineness of her features"


  1. finenessnoun

    The ratio, in a precious metal, of the primary metal to any additives or impurities.

  2. finenessnoun

    The ratio of a ship's length to her beam.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Finenessnoun

    Etymology: from fine.

    Every thing was full of a choice fineness, that, if it wanted any thing in majesty, it supplied with increase in pleasure; and if at the first it struck not admiration, it ravished with delight. Philip Sidney.

    The softness of her sex, and the fineness of her genius, conspire to give her a very distinguishing character. Matthew Prior.

    The fineness of cloaths destroys the ease: it often helps men to pain, but can never rid them of any: the body may languish under the most splendid cover. Decay of Piety.

    Those, with the fineness of their souls,
    By reason guide his execution. William Shakespeare, Troil. and Cressida.

    Our works are, indeed, nought else
    But the protractive tryals of great Jove,
    To find persistive constancy in men;
    The fineness of which metal is not found
    In fortune’s love. William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida.

    I am doubtful whether men have sufficiently refined metals; as whether iron, brass, and tin be refined to the height: but when they come to such a fineness as serveth the ordinary use, they try no farther. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    The ancients were careful to coin their money in due weight and fineness, only in times of exigence they have diminished both the weight and fineness. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.


  1. Fineness

    The fineness of a precious metal object (coin, bar, jewelry, etc.) represents the weight of fine metal therein, in proportion to the total weight which includes alloying base metals and any impurities. Alloy metals are added to increase hardness and durability of coins and jewelry, alter colors, decrease the cost per weight, or avoid the cost of high-purity refinement. For example, copper is added to the precious metal silver to make a more durable alloy for use in coins, housewares and jewelry. Coin silver, which was used for making silver coins in the past, contains 90% silver and 10% copper, by mass. Sterling silver contains 92.5% silver and 7.5% of other metals, usually copper, by mass. Various ways of expressing fineness have been used and two remain in common use: millesimal fineness expressed in units of parts per 1,000 and karats or carats used only for gold. Karats measure the parts per 24, so that 18 karat = 18⁄24 = 75% and 24 karat gold is considered 100% gold.


  1. fineness

    Fineness refers to the purity or quality of a precious metal, especially gold or silver, expressed in parts per thousand. It can also refer to the degree of precision or detail in a work of art, craftsmanship, or other works. In a broader sense, it can also refer to the state of being fine, delicate, or exquisite in quality, nature or texture.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Finenessadjective

    the quality or condition of being fine

  2. Finenessadjective

    freedom from foreign matter or alloy; clearness; purity; as, the fineness of liquor

  3. Finenessadjective

    the proportion of pure silver or gold in jewelry, bullion, or coins

  4. Finenessadjective

    keenness or sharpness; as, the fineness of a needle's point, or of the edge of a blade

  5. Etymology: [From Fine, a.]


  1. Fineness

    The fineness of a precious metal refers to the ratio of the primary metal to any additives or impurities traditionally expressed as parts per 1,000. A piece of alloy metal containing a precious metal may have the weight of its precious component referred to as its fine weight. For example, 1 troy ounce of 18 karat gold may be said to have a fine weight of 0.75 troy ounces. Many precious metals are used in the form of alloys. Other metals are added to increase hardness, to make the metal more practical for use in such items as coins and jewelry, or to decrease the cost of the alloy. For example, copper is added to the precious metal silver to make a more durable alloy for use in coins, housewares and jewelry. A traditional measure for the fineness of silver in Britain is the mass of the amount of silver in 12 troy ounces of the resulting alloy. Britannia silver has a fineness of 11 troy ounces, 10 pennyweights, or about 95.83% silver, whereas sterling silver has a fineness of 11 troy ounces, 2 pennyweights, or about 92.5% silver. In other locations fineness is measured in units of mass per thousand. In the United States, silver coins often had a fineness of 900, meaning 90% silver and 10% copper.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fineness in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fineness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of fineness in a Sentence

  1. Percy Wynham Lewis:

    Sadistic excess attempts to reach roughly and by harshness what art reaches by fineness.

  2. Thomas Huxley:

    Mathematics may be compared to a mill of exquisite workmanship, which grinds your stuff to any degree of fineness; but, nevertheless, what you get out depends on what you put in; and as the grandest mill in the world will not extract wheat flour from peas cods, so pages of formulae will not get a definite result out of loose data.

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