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  1. the state or quality of being fine.
  2. the proportion of pure precious metal in an alloy, often expressed in parts per thousand.
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Origin of fineness

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at fine1, -ness
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Related Words for fineness

quality, superiority

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Contemporary Examples of fineness

Historical Examples of fineness

  • 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.


    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.


    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for fineness


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