fine·ly | \ ˈfīn-lē \

Definition of finely 

: in a fine manner: such as

a : extremely well : excellently plays the hero very finelyNew Yorker

b : with close discrimination : precisely

c : with delicacy or subtlety : sensitively a leader finely attuned to the needs of the people

d : minutely finely ground meal

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Along with the broccoli rabe mixture, mix ¾ cup finely grated pecorino Romano into the ground lamb. Adam Ried,, "Recipes: Switch it up with lamb burgers instead of beef," 13 July 2018 Mortar Mix The base material is finely tuned to prevent sagging. Andrea Powell, WIRED, "How to 3-D Print an Entire House in a Single Day," 11 July 2018 Paddleboarding is a young sport, and each year boards seem to become lighter, cheaper, and more finely tuned. Dylan Silver, Outside Online, "The Best Stand-Up Paddleboards of 2018," 5 July 2018 These extra genes finely tune the koala’s ability to assess their snack’s nutritional value. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "A koala’s diet would kill most mammals. Their genome reveals how they survive," 2 July 2018 The most finely tuned of these was a system that used a regulator called EpoR, which becomes active when its dimerizes and triggers a transcription factor, called STAT3. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Scientists use caffeine to control genes—and treat diabetic mice with coffee," 20 June 2018 Add 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped, and cook until fragrant. WSJ, "Hold the Mayo: 4 Adventurous Alternatives to Potato Salad," 19 Apr. 2018 Block length must also be finely calibrated to encourage walking. Neal Templin, WSJ, "What Makes Walkable Communities Work," 26 June 2018 On another visit, the pesce marinato had disappeared from the raw-bar menu, giving way to a tuna crudo with smoked egg, caperberries and olives, finely minced atop the jewel-like tiles of tuna. Kate Washington, sacbee, "If Allora can learn to relax a little, it will be one of the city's best restaurants | The Sacramento Bee," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of finely

circa 1552, in the meaning defined above

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