of superior or best quality; of high or highest grade: fine wine.
choice, excellent, or admirable: a fine painting.
satisfactory or acceptable; okay: It's fine with me if you don't want to go.The story is fine for a class assignment but not good enough to publish in the school paper.
consisting of minute particles: fine sand;a fine purée.
very thin or slender: fine thread.
keen or sharp, as a tool: Is the knife fine enough to carve well?
delicate in texture; filmy: fine cotton fabric.
delicately fashioned: fine tracery.
highly skilled or accomplished: a fine musician.
trained to the maximum degree, as an athlete.
characterized by or affecting refinement or elegance: a fine lady.
polished or refined: fine manners.
affectedly ornate or elegant: A style so fine repels the average reader.
delicate or subtle: a fine distinction.
bright and clear: a fine day;fine skin.
showy or smart; elegant in appearance: a bird of fine plumage.
good-looking or handsome: a fine young man.
(of a precious metal or its alloy) free from impurities or containing a large amount of pure metal: fine gold; Sterling silver is 92.5 percent fine.
(used ironically or as an intensifier) terrible or unacceptable: It’s a fine mess you’ve got us into!Not inviting me—that’s a fine way to treat a friend!
Informal. in an excellent manner; very well: She's now free of pain and can walk just fine.
Informal. satisfactorily; acceptably: I did fine but not great on my final exams.
very small: She writes so fine I can hardly read it.
Billiards, Pool. in such a way that the driven ball barely touches the object ball in passing.
Nautical. as efficiently close as possible into the wind, just short of pinching: sailing fine.
to become fine or finer, as by refining.
to become less, as in size or proportions; reduce; diminish (often followed by down): The plumpness fines down with exercise.
to make fine or finer, especially by refining or pulverizing.
to reduce the size or proportions of (often used with down or away): to fine down the heavy features; to fine away superfluous matter in a design.
to clarify (wines or spirits) by filtration.
Mining. crushed ore sufficiently fine to pass through a given screen.: Compare short (def. 29e).
Agriculture. the fine bits of corn kernel knocked off during handling of the grain.
Idioms about fine
cut fine, to calculate precisely, especially without allowing for possible error or accident: To finish in ten minutes is to cut it too fine.
Other definitions for fine (2 of 4)
a sum of money imposed as a penalty for an offense or dereliction: a parking fine.
Law. a fee paid by a feudal tenant to the landlord, as on the renewal of tenure.
English Law. (formerly) a conveyance of land through decree of a court, based upon a simulated lawsuit.
Archaic. a penalty of any kind.
to subject to a fine or pecuniary penalty; punish by a fine: The judge fined him and released him on parole.
Other definitions for fine (3 of 4)
the end of a repeated section, whether da capo or dal segno.
the end of a composition that consists of several movements.
Other definitions for fine (4 of 4)
ordinary French brandy, usually with no indication of the maker's name or location.
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How to use fine in a sentence
Still, Matthews says, “It’s the world’s best climbers that are at the absolute forefront of their profession, that are trying to do this in the first place, and I think really what this does is it helps fine-tune those preparations.”Everest Summits May Become Easier Due to Climate Change | Kyla Mandel | November 20, 2020 | Outside Online
Bostic was ejected for the hit and then fined $12,000 by the NFL, with no suspension.Cowboys QB Andy Dalton says covid-19 ‘hit me hard’ after concussion | Des Bieler | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Working in the kitchen of a fine household — much less a presidential one — would not have been easy.George Washington’s 1795 Thanksgiving celebrated liberty. But the chef behind the feast had none. | Ramin Ganeshram | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
Moser, meanwhile, said he won’t lose any sleep over the fine because he intends to bring his case to an administrative judge.Morning Report: County Digs in to Keep COVID Data Private | Voice of San Diego | November 19, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Express forecastForecast in detailOur chill starts to ease today just in time for a fine start to the weekend, with highs sneaking into the 60s.D.C.-area forecast: Cool sunshine today, but it turns milder Friday and Saturday | David Streit | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
A few years back, designer John Galliano was fined by the government for sharing just such anti-semitic sentiments in public.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead | Luke O’Neil | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was admonished and fined $50, but allowed to remain in the Army.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built | Michael Daly | December 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was fined $40 and sentenced to six months in jail, of which he served less than five months.
Still, the NFL simply fined him $250,000 and he was named MVP of the Super bowl the following season.Don’t Blame The NFL And Colleges For Mishandling Assault Cases | Emily Shire | September 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“Yet if I lived in Italy, I could go to jail and be fined for providing the only support some people have,” she says.
Pat Malone, you are fined five dollars for assault and battery on Mike Sweeney.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
In December, 1781, thirty-eight publicans were fined for allowing "tippling" on Sundays.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
In 1779 they frequently stopped waggons travelling on that day, and fined the owners for so doing.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
I do not think any company was ever fined; nor do I, indeed, remember the Commissioners services being required.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
The Englishman who had been active in managing the escape of Goodman was both fined and imprisoned.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
British Dictionary definitions for fine (1 of 4)
excellent or choice in quality; very good of its kind: a fine speech
superior in skill, ability, or accomplishment: a fine violinist
(of weather) clear and dry
enjoyable or satisfying: a fine time
(postpositive) informal quite well; in satisfactory health: I feel fine
satisfactory; acceptable: that's fine by me
of delicate composition or careful workmanship: fine crystal
(of precious metals) pure or having a high or specified degree of purity: fine silver; gold 98 per cent fine
subtle in perception; discriminating: a fine eye for antique brasses
abstruse or subtle: a fine point in argument
very thin or slender: fine hair
very small: fine dust; fine print
(of edges, blades, etc) sharp; keen
ornate, showy, or smart
good-looking; handsome: a fine young woman
polished, elegant, or refined: a fine gentleman
morally upright and commendable: a fine man
cricket (of a fielding position) oblique to and behind the wicket: fine leg
(prenominal) informal disappointing or terrible: a fine mess
informal quite well; all right: that suits me fine
a nonstandard word for finely
billiards snooker (of a stroke on the cue ball) so as to merely brush the object ball
cut it fine to allow little margin of time, space, etc
to make or become finer; refine
(often foll by down or away) to make or become smaller
(tr) to clarify (wine, etc) by adding finings
(tr) billiards snooker to hit (a cue ball) fine
(intr foll by up) Australian and NZ informal (of the weather) to become fine
British Dictionary definitions for fine (2 of 4)
a certain amount of money exacted as a penalty: a parking fine
a payment made by a tenant at the start of his tenancy to reduce his subsequent rent; premium
feudal law a sum of money paid by a man to his lord, esp for the privilege of transferring his land to another
a method of transferring land in England by bringing a fictitious law suit: abolished 1833
in short; briefly
in conclusion; finally
(tr) to impose a fine on
British Dictionary definitions for fine (3 of 4)
the point at which a piece is to end, usually after a da capo or dal segno
an ending or finale
British Dictionary definitions for fine (4 of 4)
brandy of ordinary quality
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Other Idioms and Phrases with fine
In addition to the idioms beginning with fine
- fine and dandy
- fine art
- come on in (the water's fine)
- cut it fine
- in fine feather
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