American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Drawn out to a slender, threadlike state: fine-drawn wire.
- adj. Subtly or precisely fashioned: a fine-drawn theory.
- adj. Delicately formed: fine-drawn features.
“There was the same lithe, spare build and fine-drawn bones; the same chiseled lines of the face; the level brows and wide hazel eyes; and the same dark hair, curved smooth across the brow.”
“Quoth I, ‘for that I’m fine-drawn wasted, waxed thin,”
“And when we point out the blunder you have nothing but a sneer for our fine-drawn distinctions and scornful laughter for our suggesting that a Socialist does not understand.”
“She had the fine-drawn face of an intelligent Jewess.”
“I must invest my elementary spirits with a little human flesh and blood — they are too fine-drawn for the present taste of the public.”
“For the rest they were a broad-faced, low-browed people, blunt-featured beside the fine-drawn Arabs whom generations of in-breeding had sharpened to a radiance ages older than the primitive, blotched, honest Englishmen.”
“Behold him, too fine-drawn to sweat, too pressed to vaunt the drugs in his little brass-bound box, ascending Shamlegh slope, a just man made perfect.”
“His taut, fine-drawn face had the fierce and lonely beauty of a proud hawk, and he was frightening in his masculinity.”
“Cadfael had visions of that face terminating in a short, pointed beard, and with fine-drawn moustaches over the long, fastidious lips.”
“Since he was younger and much fitter, his sleepless nights had made him fine-drawn and handsome.”
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