finer

[ fahy-ner ]
/ ˈfaɪ nər /

adjective Mathematics.

of or relating to a topology or a topological space whose open sets include all the open sets of a second specified topology on the space.
Compare coarser.

Origin of finer

special use of comparative of fine1

Definition for finer (2 of 2)

Origin of fine

1
1250–1300; Middle English fin < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin fīnis end, utmost limit, highest point

Synonym study

1. Fine, choice, elegant, exquisite are terms of praise with reference to quality. Fine is a general term: a fine horse, person, book. Choice implies a discriminating selection of the object in question: a choice piece of steak. Elegant suggests a refined and graceful superiority that is generally associated with luxury and a cultivated taste: elegant furnishings. Exquisite suggests an admirable delicacy, finish, or perfection: an exquisite piece of lace.
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British Dictionary definitions for finer (1 of 4)

fine

1
/ (faɪn) /

adjective

adverb

verb

Word Origin for fine

C13: from Old French fin, from Latin fīnis end, boundary, as in fīnis honōrum the highest degree of honour

British Dictionary definitions for finer (2 of 4)

fine

2
/ (faɪn) /

noun

a certain amount of money exacted as a penaltya 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 fine
  1. in short; briefly
  2. in conclusion; finally

verb

(tr) to impose a fine on

Word Origin for fine

C12 (in the sense: conclusion, settlement): from Old French fin; see fine 1

British Dictionary definitions for finer (3 of 4)

fine

3
/ (ˈfiːneɪ) /

noun music

the point at which a piece is to end, usually after a da capo or dal segno
an ending or finale

Word Origin for fine

Italian, from Latin fīnis end

British Dictionary definitions for finer (4 of 4)

fine

4
/ French (fin) /

noun

brandy of ordinary quality

Word Origin for fine

literally: fine
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Idioms and Phrases with finer

fine


In addition to the idioms beginning with fine

  • fine and dandy
  • fine art

also see:

  • come on in (the water's fine)
  • cut it fine
  • in fine feather
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