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 word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at fine1, -ness Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for fineness

quality, superiority

Examples from the Web for fineness

Contemporary Examples of fineness

  • And yet WFB recognized in his friend Al a fineness of mind and principle.

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    Christopher Buckley

    March 27, 2010

Historical Examples of fineness

  • But the fineness of its quality makes of it an entirely different performance.

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    Stewart Edward White

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


    Emile Zola

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

  • The pattern should be large in proportion to the fineness of the material.

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


    Joseph Conrad

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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