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[fahyn-nis] /ˈfaɪn nɪs/
the state or quality of being fine.
the proportion of pure precious metal in an alloy, often expressed in parts per thousand.
Origin of fineness
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at fine1, -ness Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But the fineness of its quality makes of it an entirely different performance.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • She had strong arms for it; he had seen her draw gold to the fineness of a hair.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • The pattern should be large in proportion to the fineness of the material.

  • The wools of Germany are, in fineness and softness, much, superior to those of Spain.

  • Davidson's fineness was real enough to alter the course of the steamer he commanded.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • The smooth, brown skin had the fineness and delicacy of exquisite bronze.

    Janet of the Dunes

    Harriet T. Comstock
  • She has a fineness of touch, a poetry, to which no other Irish story-teller has attained.

  • Notwithstanding the fineness of the evening, this day is determinedly rainy.

    The Book-Hunter

    John Hill Burton
  • He returned the love and he appreciated her fineness; and yet he was unworthy of her.

    Elsie Marley, Honey

    Joslyn Gray
British Dictionary definitions for fineness


the state or quality of being fine
a measurement of the purity of precious metal, expressed as the number of parts per thousand that is precious metal
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