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Etymology 1

Old French fin - perfected, of highest quality -- from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] finis - end, limit

Pronunciation

Adjective

fine (comparative finer, superlative finest)

Positive
fine

Comparative
finer

Superlative
finest

  1. Of superior quality.
    • The tree frog that they encountered was truly a fine specimen.
    • Only a really fine wine could fully complement Lucía's hand-made pasta.
  2. Of a particular grade of quality, usually between very good and very fine, and below mint.
    • The small scratch meant that his copy of X-Men #2 was merely fine when it otherwise would have been near mint.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Sunny and not raining.
  4. (informal) Being acceptable, adequate, passable, or satisfactory.
    • "How are you today?" "Fine."
    • "Will this one do? It's got a dent in it" "Yeah, it'll be fine, I guess."
    • "It's fine with me if you stay out late, so long as you're back by three."
  5. (informal) Good-looking, attractive.
    • "That man is so fine that I'd jump into his pants without a moment's hesitation."
  6. Consisting of especially minute particulate; made up of particularly small pieces.
    • Grind it into a fine powder.
    • When she touched the artifact, it collapsed into a heap of fine dust.
  7. Particularly slender; especially thin, narrow, or of small girth.
    • The threads were so fine that you had to look through a magnifying glass to see them.
  8. Made of slender or thin filaments.
    • They protected themselves from the small parasites with a fine wire mesh.
Synonyms
Antonyms
  • (made up of particularly small pieces): coarse
  • (made of slender or thin filaments): coarse
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Adverb

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Positive
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Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. expression of agreement
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Noun

Singular
fine

Plural
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  1. (usually Template loop detected: Template:context 1) something that is fine; fine particles
    • They filtered silt and fines out of the oil.

Verb

Infinitive
to fine

Third person singular
fin

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to fine (third-person singular simple present fin, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) to make finer, purer, or cleaner
  2. (intransitive) to become finer, purer, or cleaner
  3. (transitive) to clarify (wine and beer) by filtration
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Etymology 2

Old French fin (end), from Mediaeval Latin finis (a payment in settlement or tax)

Pronunciation

Noun

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Singular
fine

Plural
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  1. A payment or fee issued as punishment for breaking the law.
    • The fine for jay-walking has gone from two dollars to thirty in the last fifteen years.
Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to fine

Third person singular
fines

Simple past
fined

Past participle
-

Present participle
fining

to fine (third-person singular simple present fines, present participle fining, simple past and past participle fined)
  1. (transitive) To issue a fine as punishment to (someone).
    • She was fined a thousand dollars for littering, but she appealed.
Translations

Etymology 3

From [[w:Template:lang:it language|Template:lang:it]][[Category:Template:lang:it derivations]] fine ("end").

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
fine

Plural
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fine ({{{1}}})
  1. The end of a musical composition.
  2. The location in a musical score that indicates the end of the piece, particularly when the piece ends somewhere in the middle of the score due to a section of the music being repeated.
Usage notes

This word is virtually never used in speech and thereby essentially confined to musical notation.


French

Adjective

fine f

  1. feminine form of fin

Irish

Etymology

From Old Irish fine < Proto-Celtic *weniyā (family) < Proto-Indo-European *wenh₁- (desire); cf. Old English wine (friend).

Pronunciation

  • IPA: [ˈfʲɪnʲɪ]

Noun

fine f.

  1. family group

Declension

Fourth declension

Bare forms

Case Singular Plural
Nominative fine finte
Vocative a fhine a fhinte
Genitive fine finte
Dative fine finte

Forms with the definite article

Case Singular Plural
Nominative an fhine na finte
Genitive na fine na bhfinte
Dative leis an bhfine

don fhine

leis na finte


Italian

Adjective

fine m and f (m and f plural fini)

  1. thin
  2. fine
  3. refined

Synonyms

Etymology

[[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] finis

Pronunciation

Noun

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fine f. (plural fini)

  1. end

Synonyms

Antonyms

Noun

fine m. (plural fini)

  1. aim, purpose, end
    il fine giustifica i mezzi - the ends justifies the means

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Norwegian

Adjective

fine

  1. Plural of fin.

Swedish

Adjective

fine

  1. see fin

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