To a nicety
Nicety Ni"ce*ty, n.; pl. {Niceties}. [OE. nicet['e] foolishness.] 1. The quality or state of being nice (in any of the senses of that word.). [1913 Webster]

The miller smiled of her nicety. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. Delicacy or exactness of perception; minuteness of observation or of discrimination; precision. [1913 Webster]

3. A delicate expression, act, mode of treatment, distinction, or the like; a minute distinction. [1913 Webster]

The fineness and niceties of words. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

{To a nicety}, with great exactness or accuracy. [1913 Webster]


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  • to a hair — or to the turn of a hair Exactly, with perfect nicety • • • Main Entry: ↑hair …   Useful english dictionary

  • To a hair — Hair Hair (h[^a]r), n. [OE. her, heer, h[ae]r, AS. h[=ae]r; akin to OFries. h[=e]r, D. & G. haar, OHG. & Icel. h[=a]r, Dan. haar, Sw. h[*a]r; cf. Lith. kasa.] 1. The collection or mass of filaments growing from the skin of an animal, and forming… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nicety — ► NOUN (pl. niceties) 1) a fine detail or distinction. 2) accuracy. 3) a detail of etiquette. ● to a nicety Cf. ↑to a nicety …   English terms dictionary

  • Nicety — Ni ce*ty, n.; pl. {Niceties}. [OE. nicet[ e] foolishness.] 1. The quality or state of being nice (in any of the senses of that word.). [1913 Webster] The miller smiled of her nicety. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. Delicacy or exactness of perception; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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