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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. 2017.
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  • By these means, the whole, or most of it, will be reduced to an equal degree of fineness.

  • Snow, balanced to the fineness of a hair, fell from the bowed limbs of trees.

    IT and Other Stories Gouverneur Morris
  • With Kate's word the story is finished; the first fineness of their association is lost, nothing will restore it.

    The Craft of Fiction Percy Lubbock
  • That they are wanting in fineness of perception must be admitted.

  • But for its extreme elegance and fineness, I might not have noticed this; for I awoke to a sense of severe bodily pain.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • You have put a great deal of your fineness of principle into him, Cameron.

    Paul and the Printing Press Sara Ware Bassett
  • He had the sense in all its fineness, but it found expression in another place.

    Peccavi E. W. Hornung
  • We were in the country now and were able to appreciate the fineness of the night.

    The Motor Pirate George Sidney Paternoster
  • This is the acquisition of a fineness of differential perception, which can be obtained only through auto-education.

    The Montessori Method Maria Montessori
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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