from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.


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  • 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.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • Quoth I, ‘for that I’m fine-drawn wasted, waxed thin,

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • 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.

    The Catholic Doctrine of Property Part One

  • She had the fine-drawn face of an intelligent Jewess.

    Page to Screen

  • 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.

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • 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.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom

  • 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.

    Dearly Beloved

  • Cadfael had visions of that face terminating in a short, pointed beard, and with fine-drawn moustaches over the long, fastidious lips.

    The Virgin In The Ice

  • Since he was younger and much fitter, his sleepless nights had made him fine-drawn and handsome.

    The Praise Singer


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