from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The quality of showing or requiring careful, precise treatment: the nicety of a diplomatic exchange.
- n. Delicacy of character or feeling; fastidiousness; scrupulousness.
- n. A fine point, small detail, or subtle distinction: the niceties of etiquette.
- n. An elegant or refined feature; an amenity: the niceties of civilized life.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small detail that is nice or polite to have but isn't necessary.
- n. Subtlety or precision of use.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being nice (in any of the senses of that word.).
- n. Delicacy or exactness of perception; minuteness of observation or of discrimination; precision.
- n. A delicate expression, act, mode of treatment, distinction, or the like; a minute distinction.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Ignorance; folly; foolishness; triviality.
- n. Fastidiousness; extreme or excessive delicacy; squeamishness.
- n. Nice discrimination; delicacy of perception; acuteness.
- n. A nice distinction; a refinement; a subtlety; a fine-drawn point or criticism.
- n. Delicacy; exactness; accuracy; precision.
- n. A dainty or delicacy; something rare or choice: usually in the plural.
- n. Nice appearance; agreeableness of appearance
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. conformity with some esthetic standard of correctness or propriety
- n. a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude
That kind of diplomatic nicety from the Russians was so surprising that Clay immediately sent a “Confidential” cable to Washington saying: “Soviet courtesy of this type is so unusual that I attach significance to it as a possible preliminary move to a settlement which would be intended to prevent West German government.”
Note: All this scrupulous nicety is at variance with the decision of St. Paul about meat offered to idols, 1 Cor. x.
“To a nicety, that is my opinion, now that you put it so clearly, sir.”
Then comes the difficult task of felling the trees between the rows of coffee, a work of great nicety, which is partly effected by the final stroke of the axe, and partly by hauling a rope attached to the top of the tree.
"To a nicety, that is my opinion, now that you put it so clearly, sir."
One thing that may or may not be a nicety is the Organizer, which keeps a list of projects, code repositories, and iOS devices for testing.
Another nicety is the way that it holds the iPad itself.
Another nicety is the brand's Magic Motion zapper.
But, Fenty said, no "nicety" would have convinced the council to extend the program.
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