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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That last bit does wonders for cruising in traffic, particularly since the car was able to more finely judge the rate of deceleration than this unfamiliar driver. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The new 2019 Hyundai Kona EV is a clever little electric crossover," 24 Oct. 2018 At state fairs around the country, the usual staples of greasy treats and finely groomed livestock are accompanied this summer by something a bit more unexpected – political discussion. Emilie Ikeda, Fox News, "State fairs serve as unique opportunity for farmers to talk tariffs," 19 Aug. 2018 The inner walls are wide and finely terraced, and theouter ramparts display a generally radial structure of hillocks. Miguel Claro,, "See the Moon in All Its Cratered, Groovy Glory (Photo)," 25 July 2018 In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, finely snipped chives, sherry vinegar, black pepper, and salt. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Peach, Blue Cheese, and Walnut Salad," 25 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of finely

circa 1552, in the meaning defined above

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