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
that's brisk and fine." (Shak) "Not only the finest gentleman
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
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 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
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
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