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fine (noun)
1.
obsolete - end conclusion
2.
a compromise of a fictitious suit used as a form of conveyance of lands
3.
a) a sum imposed as punishment for an offense
b) a forfeiture or penalty paid to an injured party in a civil action
fine (verb)
transitive verb
to impose a fine on punish by a fine
fine (adjective)
1.
a) free from impurity
b) of a metal having a stated proportion of pure metal in the composition expressed in parts per thousand - a gold coin .9166 fine
2.
a) (1) very thin in gauge or texture - fine thread
(2) not coarse - fine sand
(3) very small - fine print
(4) - keen a knife with a fine edge
(5) very precise or accurate - a fine adjustment trying to be too fine with his pitches
b) physically trained or hardened close to the limit of efficiency - used of an athlete or animal
3.
delicate, subtle, or sensitive in quality, perception, or discrimination - a fine distinction
4.
superior in kind, quality, or appearance - excellent a fine job a fine day fine wines
5.
a) - ornate fine writing
b) marked by or affecting elegance or refinement - fine manners
6.
a) very well - feel fine
b) - all right that's fine with me
7.
- used as an intensive the leader, in a fine frenzy, beheaded one of his wives Brian Crozier
fine (adverb)
1.
as - finely
a) very well
b) - all right
2.
with a very narrow margin of time or space - she had not intended to cut her escape so fine Melinda Beck et al.
fine (verb)
transitive verb
1.
- purify clarify fine and filter wine
2.
intransitive verb
to make in quality or size - finer
1.
to become pure or clear - the ale will fine
2.
to become smaller in lines or proportions
fine (noun)
- end used as a direction in music to mark the closing point after a repeat
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
fine (verb)
to establish or apply as a charge or penalty
SYNONIMS:
assess, charge, exact, fine, lay, levy, put
RELATED WORDS:
dock, excise, mulct, penalize, tax; extort, shake down, wrest, wring; bleed, fleece, gouge, milk, skin, squeeze; coerce, compel, force; inflict, wreak; set; reapply, reimpose, relay
NEAR ANTONYMS:
abate, diminish, lessen; forgive, release; condone, disregard, excuse, gloss (over), gloze (over), ignore, pardon
remit
fine (verb)
to remove usually visible impurities from
SYNONIMS:
clear, distill ( distil), filter, fine, garble, purify
RELATED WORDS:
process, rectify, refine; clean, cleanse, decontaminate, elutriate, purge, wash; extract, leach; bolt, screen, sieve, sift; disinfect, sanitize
NEAR ANTONYMS:
cloud, dull, muddy; contaminate, dirty, soil; defile, pollute, taint; begrime, besmirch, foul, sully
fine (adjective)
1.
consisting of very small particles
SYNONIMS:
dusty, floury, powdery
RELATED WORDS:
smooth; filtered, pulverized, refined; superfine, ultrafine
NEAR ANTONYMS:
rough; unfiltered, unrefined; gravelly, gritty, sandy; pebbly, rocky, stony ( stoney); lumpy, mealy
coarse, grainy, granular, granulated
fine (adjective)
2.
made or done with extreme care and accuracy
SYNONIMS:
delicate, exact, finespun, hairline, hairsplitting, minute, nice, nuanced, refined, subtle
RELATED WORDS:
nitpicking, quibbling; frivolous, inconsequential, inconsiderable, insignificant, negligible, petty, piddling, trifling, trivial; demanding, exacting, fastidious, finical, finicking, finicky, fussy, meticulous, particular, picky
NEAR ANTONYMS:
apparent, clear, clear-cut, evident, manifest, obvious, open-and-shut, palpable, patent, perspicuous, plain, transparent, unambiguous, unequivocal, unmistakable; broad, indefinite; careless, heedless, incautious, slapdash, slipshod, sloppy
coarse, inexact, rough
fine (adjective)
3.
being of less than usual width
SYNONIMS:
fine, hairline, needlelike, paper-thin, skinny, slender, slim, slim-jim, thin, ultrathin
RELATED WORDS:
attenuate, attenuated, elongate ( elongated), linear; bottleneck, close, compressed, condensed, constricted, contracted, squeezed, tight, tightened; lanky, rangy, reedy, shoestring, spindly, stalky, stringy, twiggy, willowy, wispy; lank, spare
NEAR ANTONYMS:
chunky, squat, stocky, stumpy, thick, thickset; bulky, massive, voluminous; thickish, widish
broad, fat, wide
fine (adjective)
4.
being to one's liking
SYNONIMS:
agreeable, all right, alright, copacetic ( copasetic copesetic), ducky, fine, good, hunky-dory, jake, OK ( okay), palatable
RELATED WORDS:
delectable, delicious, delightful, dreamy, felicitous, gratifying, nice, pleasant, pleasing, scrumptious, welcome; acceptable, adequate, decent, passable, tolerable
NEAR ANTONYMS:
bad, deficient, inferior, lousy, poor, punk, substandard, unacceptable, wanting, wretched; mediocre, middling, second-class, second-rate
disagreeable, unsatisfactory
fine (adjective)
5.
free from added matter
SYNONIMS:
absolute, fine, neat, plain, purified, refined, straight, unadulterated, unalloyed, undiluted, unmixed
RELATED WORDS:
clarified, filtered; clean, fresh, taintless, uncontaminated, uncorrupted, undefiled, unpolluted, untainted; rendered, tried; concentrated, full-bodied, strong; uncombined
NEAR ANTONYMS:
befouled, besmirched, contaminated, corrupted, debased, defiled, fouled, polluted, soiled, spoiled, sullied, tainted; unclarified; amalgamated, blended, coalesced, combined, commingled, compounded, incorporated, intermingled, intermixed, merged, mingled; conjoined, fused, joined, linked, united; cheapened, doctored, watered-down
adulterated, alloyed, diluted, impure, mixed
fine (adjective)
6.
meeting the highest standard of accuracy
SYNONIMS:
accurate, close, delicate, exact, fine, hairline, mathematical, pinpoint, refined, rigorous, spot-on
RELATED WORDS:
correct, right, strict, true; definite, definitive; nice, subtle; careful, fastidious, finical, finicky, meticulous
NEAR ANTONYMS:
approximate, round; false, incorrect, untrue, wrong; careless, loose; indefinite, unclear, vague; doubtful, dubious, questionable, unreliable, untrustworthy
coarse, imprecise, inaccurate, inexact, rough
fine (adjective)
7.
of a level of quality that meets one's needs or standards
SYNONIMS:
acceptable, all right, decent, fairish, fine, good, OK ( okay), passable, respectable, satisfactory, serviceable, tolerable
RELATED WORDS:
agreeable, bearable, endurable, sufferable; average, fair, indifferent, mediocre, middling, minimal; common, ordinary, run-of-the-mill, run-of-the-mine ( run-of-mine), second-rate, so-so; standard, unexceptional; appropriate, correct, due, fitting, meet, proper, right, seemly, suitable, useful, worthy; gratifying, satisfying
NEAR ANTONYMS:
disagreeable, disreputable, improper, indecent, objectionable, unfit, unsuitable, unworthy, useless, wrong; bad, cheap, defective, faulty, imperfect, incomplete, lamentable, pitiful, shoddy; dissatisfying; insufficient, meager ( meagre), mean, miserly, niggardly, poor, scanty, shabby, short, skimpy, spare, stingy; insufferable, intolerable, unbearable, unendurable; atrocious, execrable, miserable, vile, wretched; exceptional, exquisite, extreme, fancy, first-class, high-grade, matchless, maximized, maximum, optimal, optimum, peerless, preeminent, premium, special, supreme, unmatched, unparalleled; A1, bang-up, banner, boss [], capital, classic, crackerjack, dandy, divine, fabulous, fine, first-rate, grand, great, groovy, heavenly, jim-dandy, keen, marvelous ( marvellous), mean, neat, nifty, noble, par excellence, prime, sensational, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-notch, unsurpassed, wonderful
deficient, inadequate, insufficient, lacking, unacceptable, unsatisfactory, wanting
fine (adjective)
8.
of a size that is less than average
SYNONIMS:
bantam, diminutive, dinky, dwarfish, fine, half-pint, Lilliputian, little, pint-size ( pint-sized), pocket, pocket-size ( pocket-sized), puny, pygmy, shrimpy, slight, smallish, subnormal, toylike, undersized ( undersize)
RELATED WORDS:
dwarf, toy; runtish, runty, scrubby, stunted; bitty, inappreciable, infinitesimal, little bitty, micro, microscopic ( microscopical), mini, miniature, miniaturized, minikin, minim, minuscule, minute, pinpoint, teensy, teensy-weensy, teeny, teeny-weeny, tiny, wee, weeny ( weensy); meager ( meagre), niggardly, poor, scant, scanty, scarce, skimp, skimpy, slender, slim, spare, sparse, stingy; deficient, inadequate, insufficient, lacking, wanting; bite-size ( bite-sized), capsule
NEAR ANTONYMS:
bulky, hefty, hulking, massive, voluminous; boxcar, Brobdingnagian, Bunyanesque, cavernous, colossal, cyclopean, elephantine, enormous, galactic, gargantuan, giant, gigantic, gross, Himalayan, herculean, heroic ( heroical), huge, humongous ( humungous), immense, jumbo, leviathan, mammoth, monolithic, monstrous, monumental, mountainous, pharaonic, prodigious, staggering, stupendous, titanic, tremendous, vast; abundant, ample, appreciable, bountiful, copious, generous, healthy, liberal, plenteous, plentiful; fat, thick; broad, wide; boundless, cosmic ( cosmical), immeasurable, incalculable, infinite; adequate, enough, sufficient
big, biggish, considerable, goodly, grand, great, handsome, husky, king-size ( king-sized), large, largish, outsize ( outsized), overscale ( overscaled), oversize ( oversized), sizable ( sizeable), substantial, tidy, whacking, whopping
fine (adjective)
9.
of the very best kind
SYNONIMS:
A-OK, A1, awesome, bang-up, banner, beautiful, blue-chip, blue-ribbon, boffo, bonny ( bonnie), boss, brag, brave, bully, bumper, capital, choice, classic, cool, corking, crackerjack, cracking, dandy, divine, dope, down, dynamite, fab, fabulous, famous, fantabulous, fantastic, fine, first-class, first-rate, first-string, five-star, four-star, frontline, gangbusters ( gangbuster), gilt-edged ( gilt-edge), gone, grand, great, groovy, heavenly, high-class, hot, hype, immense, jim-dandy, keen, lovely, marvelous ( marvellous), mean, neat, nifty, noble, number one ( No. 1), numero uno, out-of-sight, par excellence, peachy, peachy keen, phat, prime, primo, prize, prizewinning, quality, radical, righteous, sensational, slick, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-flight, top-notch, top-of-the-line, topping, top-shelf, unsurpassed, wizard, wonderful
RELATED WORDS:
acceptable, adequate, all right, decent, good, OK ( okay), passable, satisfactory, tolerable; better, exceptional, fancy, high-grade, high-test, premium, select, special, superfine; classical, standard, traditional
NEAR ANTONYMS:
bad, inferior, low-grade, substandard, unsatisfactory; mediocre, middling, second-class, second-rate
atrocious, awful, execrable, lousy, pathetic, poor, rotten, terrible, vile, wretched
fine (adjective)
10.
having qualities that appeal to a refined taste
SYNONIMS:
dainty, delicate, elegant, exquisite, fine, rare, recherché, select
RELATED WORDS:
bijou, jewellike; better, exceptional, fancy, high-grade, special; elite, exclusive; classic, excellent, fabulous, first-class, first-rate, grand, great, marvelous ( marvellous), noble, outstanding, par excellence, premium, prime, sensational, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, terrific, tip-top, top, top-notch, transcendant, unsurpassed, wonderful; ultrarare
NEAR ANTONYMS:
coarse, gross, kitsch, kitschy, lowbrow, raffish, rough, rough-hewn, tasteless, uncultivated, uncultured, unpolished, unrefined, vulgar; commercial, mass-produced, popular; common, ordinary; average, lesser, mediocre, run-of-the-mill, run-of-the-mine ( run-of-mine), second-class, second-rate; deficient, inferior, low-grade, substandard, unacceptable, unsatisfactory, wanting
fine (adjective)
11.
able to sense slight impressions or differences
SYNONIMS:
delicate, fine, keen, perceptive, quick, sensitive, sharp
RELATED WORDS:
accurate, clear, discerning, good, piercing, precise, receptive, sensible, subtle; hair-trigger, hyperacute, hypersensitive, oversensitive, supersensitive
NEAR ANTONYMS:
bad, deadened, dimmed, dull, dulled, fading; dead, imperceptive, insensible, insensitive, numb; imprecise, inaccurate
fine (adjective)
12.
having or showing elegance
SYNONIMS:
classy, courtly, fine, graceful, handsome, majestic, refined, stately, tasteful
RELATED WORDS:
august, baronial, gallant, glorious, grand, heroic ( heroical), imposing, lavish, luxurious, magnificent, monumental, noble, ornate, proud, regal, rich, royal, splendid, superb; artful, genteel, polished, sophisticated; classic, conservative, exquisite, quiet, restrained, simple, understated; aristocratic, patrician; à la mode ( a la mode), chic, fashionable, in, modish, posh, sharp, sleek, smart, snappy, stylish, swagger, swank ( swanky); affected, grandiose, ostentatious, pretentious, recherché
NEAR ANTONYMS:
cheesy, coarse, crude, flamboyant, flashy, garish, gaudy, glitzy, grotesque, loud, raffish, splashy, tacky, tawdry, ticky-tacky ( ticky-tack); rough-edged, rough-hewn, rude, trashy, uncouth, uncultivated, uncultured, unpolished, unrefined, vulgar
dowdy, graceless, inelegant, styleless, tasteless, unfashionable, unhandsome, unstylish
fine (adverb)
in a satisfactory way
SYNONIMS:
acceptably, adequately, all right, alright, creditably, decently, fine, good, middlingly, nicely, OK ( okay), passably, respectably, satisfactorily, serviceably, so-so, sufficiently, tolerably
RELATED WORDS:
appropriately, aptly, congruously, correctly, decorously, felicitously, fittingly, happily, meetly, rightly, seemly, suitably; gratifyingly, satisfyingly; effectively, effectually, efficiently, neatly, tidily
NEAR ANTONYMS:
unbearably; inappropriately, incorrectly, indecently, unsuitably; awfully, deplorably, disastrously, dreadfully, horrendously, horribly, horridly, miserably, terribly
bad, badly, deficiently, ill, inadequately, insufficiently, intolerably, poorly, unacceptably, unsatisfactorily
fine (noun)
a sum of money to be paid as a punishment
SYNONIMS:
damages, forfeit, forfeiture, mulct, penalty
RELATED WORDS:
reparations; assessment, award, compensation; indemnity
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