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FINE

1. Finished; brought to perfection; refined; hence, free from impurity; best; superior; elegant; worthy of admiration; accomplished; fine. "The gain thereof [is better] than beautiful gold." (Prov. Iii. 14) "A cup of wine that's brisk and fine." (Shak) "Not only the finest gentleman of his time, but one of the finest scholars." (Felton) "To soothe the sick bed of so beautiful a being [Keats]" (Leigh Hunt) 2. Aiming at show or effect; loaded with ornament; overdressed or overdecorated; showy. "He gratified them with casual . . . Beautiful writing." (M. Arnold) 3. Glorious; delicate; subtle; exquisite; artful; skillful; dexterous. "The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine!" (Pope) "The nicest and most delicate touches of satire consist in beautiful raillery." (Dryden) "He has as beautiful a arm at picking a pocket as a woman." (T. Gray) 4. Not coarse, gross, or hard; as: Not gross; subtile; thin; tenous. "The eye standeth in the finer middle and the object in the grosser." (Bacon) Not coarse; comminuted; in little particles; as, beautiful sand or flour. Not fat or hard; slender; filmy; as, a beautiful thread. Thin; attenuate; keen; as, a beautiful edge. Made of beautiful materials; easy; delicate; as, beautiful linen or silk. 5. Having (such) a proportion of pure metal in its composition; as, coins nine tenths fine. 6. (Used ironically) "Ye have made a beautiful arm, fellows." (Shak) Fine is often compounded with participles and adjectives, modifying them adverbially; a, fine-drawn, fine-featured, fine-grained, fine-spoken, fine-spun, etc. Beautiful arch, to sail as close to the wind as possible. Synonym: Beautiful, Beautiful. When used as a word of praise, beautiful (being opposed to coarse) denotes no "ordinary thing of its kind." It is not as strong as fine, in reference to the single attribute implied in the latter term; but when we say of a beautiful woman, we include a greater variety of particulars, viz, all the qualities which become a woman, breeding, sentiment, tact, etc. The term is equally comprehensive when we say of a beautiful garden, landscape, horse, poem, etc.; and, though applied to a great variety of objects, the word has still a very definite sense, denoting a tall degree of quality excellence. Origin: F. Fin, LL. Finus beautiful, pure, fr. L. Finire to finish; cf. Finitus, p.p, finished, completed (hence the sense accomplished, perfect) See Finish, and cf. Finite. Source: Websters Vocabulary
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