Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The ratio, in a precious metal, of the primary metal to any additives or impurities.
  • n. The ratio of a ship's length to her beam.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or condition of being fine.
  • n. Freedom from foreign matter or alloy; clearness; purity.
  • n. The proportion of pure silver or gold in jewelry, bullion, or coins.
  • n. Keenness or sharpness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being fine, in any sense.
  • n. Specifically, the quantity of pure metal in alloys expressed by number of parts in 1,000.
  • n. Finesse; subtlety.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being very good indeed
  • n. the quality of being beautiful and delicate in appearance
  • n. having a very fine texture
  • n. the property of being very narrow or thin

Etymologies

fine +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The very slender base, despite of an apparent fragility and fineness, is solid and resistant thanks to a special tempering treatment of the glass.

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  • But in the process of recalibrating to go after Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, the Jetta loses a certain German fineness and desirability.

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  • When buying soft luggage, check the denier of a fabric, a measurement that refers to the fineness of the yarn.

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  • The only thing that ever made his heart laugh was the idea of fineness finding place in himself.

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  • The size of the grounds, called the fineness of the grind, is determined how long the cutting blades are allowed to chop up the beans.

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  • Soul and body were not thought to be radically different in kind; their difference seemed just to consist in a difference in degree of properties such as fineness and mobility.

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  • It can be said that the unconscious states in question lack the kind of fineness of grain and richness of content necessary to count as genuinely perceptual states.

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  • According to J.C. Scaliger (1484-1558), some properties of matter, such as fineness and coarseness, depend on the properties of the minima themselves, while others depend on the manner in which they are joined.

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  • The "fineness" of the stream-line shape, _i. e._, the proportion of length to width, is determined by the velocity -- the greater the velocity, the greater the fineness.

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  • The "fineness" of the stream-line shape, i.e., the proportion of length to width, is determined by the velocity -- the greater the velocity, the greater the fineness.

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