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  • adj. spun into a fine thread
  • adj. delicate and subtle, with fine detail

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Spun so as to be fine; drawn to a fine thread; attenuated; hence, unsubstantial; visionary.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Drawn to a fine thread; minute; hence, over-refined; over-elaborated; subtile: as, fine-spun theories.

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

  • adj. developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety
  • adj. developed in excessively fine detail


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  • "Darling Death shouted in his ear, his ear made to record the least, the most finespun of worm-cries and dragonfly-jubilations" -- Levertov

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  • Meanwhile the four women were stripping Regapisk of his travel-worn clothing and draping him in finespun, marvelously decorated kilts and robes.

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  • Her wellturned ankle displayed its perfect proportions beneath her skirt and just the proper amount and no more of her shapely limbs encased in finespun hose with highspliced heels and wide garter tops.


  • The whole street had gone drab and hushed and indistinct around their large, quiet and flushed figures, the finespun light of their garments stirring about them as if the celestial fabric were subject to the invisible currents of the air which men cannot feel.

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  • Though finespun dreams had lulled the very soul, Our peace of mind was shattered: Beyond the palings, Europe's children hold aloft Their begging-bowl.

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