[ fahy-ning ]
/ ˈfaɪ nɪŋ /


the process by which fused glass is freed of undissolved gases.
the process of clarifying or filtering a wine or spirit.


How Hip Is Your Lingo? Take Our Slang Quiz!
If you aren’t already skilled in slang, then this quiz can get you up to speed in no time!
Question 1 of 11
OK Boomer can be perceived as pejorative, but it is mostly considered to be _____

Origin of fining

First recorded in 1495–1505; fine1 + -ing1

Definition for fining (2 of 3)

Origin of fine

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


3 powdered, pulverized.


synonym study for fine

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.

Definition for fining (3 of 3)

[ fahyn ]
/ faɪn /


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.

verb (used with object), fined, fin·ing.

to subject to a fine or pecuniary penalty; punish by a fine: The judge fined him and released him on parole.

Origin of fine

1150–1200; Middle English fin < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin fīnis end, Medieval Latin: settlement, payment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for fining

British Dictionary definitions for fining (1 of 5)

/ (ˈfaɪnɪŋ) /


the process of removing undissolved gas bubbles from molten glass
the process of clarifying liquors by the addition of a coagulant
(plural) a substance, such as isinglass, added to wine, beer, etc, to clarify it

Word Origin for fining

C17: from fine 1 (in the sense: to clarify, refine)

British Dictionary definitions for fining (2 of 5)

/ (faɪn) /




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 fining (3 of 5)

/ (faɪn) /


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


(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 fining (4 of 5)

/ (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 fining (5 of 5)

/ French (fin) /


brandy of ordinary quality

Word Origin for fine

literally: fine
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with fining


The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.