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fine

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1fine

noun \ˈfīn\

Definition of FINE

1
obsolete :  end, conclusion
2
:  a compromise of a fictitious suit used as a form of conveyance of lands
3
a :  a sum imposed as punishment for an offense
b :  a forfeiture or penalty paid to an injured party in a civil action
in fine
:  in short

Origin of FINE

Middle English, from Anglo-French fin, fine, from Latin finis boundary, end
First Known Use: 13th century

2fine

verb
finedfin·ing

Definition of FINE

transitive verb
:  to impose a fine on :  punish by a fine

First Known Use of FINE

1559

3fine

adjective

: good, acceptable, or satisfactory

—used in an ironic way to refer to things that are not good or acceptable

: very good

fin·erfin·est

Full Definition of FINE

1
a :  free from impurity
b of a metal :  having a stated proportion of pure metal in the composition expressed in parts per thousand <a gold coin .9166 fine>
2
a (1) :  very thin in gauge or texture <fine thread> (2) :  not coarse <fine sand> (3) :  very small <fine print> (4) :  keen <a knife with a fine edge> (5) :  very precise or accurate <a fine adjustment> <trying to be too fine with his pitches>
b :  physically trained or hardened close to the limit of efficiency —used of an athlete or animal
3
:  delicate, subtle, or sensitive in quality, perception, or discrimination <a fine distinction>
4
:  superior in kind, quality, or appearance :  excellent <a fine job> <a fine day> <fine wines>
5
a :  ornate 1 <fine writing>
b :  marked by or affecting elegance or refinement <fine manners>
6
a :  very well <feel fine>
b :  all right <that's fine with me>
7
—used as an intensive <the leader, in a fine frenzy, beheaded one of his wives — Brian Crozier>
fine·ness \ˈfīn-nəs\ noun

Origin of FINE

Middle English fin, from Anglo-French, from Latin finis, noun, end, limit
First Known Use: 13th century

4fine

adverb

: not badly or poorly : well enough

: in an elegant and graceful way

: in small pieces

Full Definition of FINE

1
:  finely: as
a :  very well
b :  all right
2
:  with a very narrow margin of time or space <she had not intended to cut her escape so fine — Melinda Beck et al.>

First Known Use of FINE

14th century

5fine

verb
finedfin·ing

Definition of FINE

transitive verb
1
:  purify, clarify <fine and filter wine>
2
:  to make finer in quality or size
intransitive verb
1
:  to become pure or clear <the ale will fine>
2
:  to become smaller in lines or proportions

First Known Use of FINE

14th century

6fine

noun fi·ne \ˈfē-(ˌ)nā\

Definition of FINE

:  end —used as a direction in music to mark the closing point after a repeat

Origin of FINE

Italian, from Latin finis end
First Known Use: circa 1798

fine

adjective \ˈfīn\   (Medical Dictionary)
fin·erfin·est

Medical Definition of FINE

of bodily tremors :  of slight excursion

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