Fineness Fine"ness, n. [From {Fine}, a.] 1. The quality or condition of being fine. [1913 Webster]

2. Freedom from foreign matter or alloy; clearness; purity; as, the fineness of liquor. [1913 Webster]

The fineness of the gold, and chargeful fashion. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. The proportion of pure silver or gold in jewelry, bullion, or coins. [1913 Webster]

Note: The fineness of United States coin is nine tenths, that of English gold coin is eleven twelfths, and that of English silver coin is [frac925x1000]. [1913 Webster]

4. Keenness or sharpness; as, the fineness of a needle's point, or of the edge of a blade. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Fineness — Fineness. См. Чистота. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • fineness — index quality (excellence), sensibility Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • fineness — [fīn′nis] n. 1. the quality or state of being fine 2. the proportion of pure gold or silver in an alloy …   English World dictionary

  • Fineness — The fineness of a precious metal refers to the ratio of the primary metal to any additives or impurities. Most precious metal is used in the form of an alloy. Other metals are added to increase hardness, to make the metal more practical for use… …   Wikipedia

  • fineness — noun 1. the quality of being very good indeed (Freq. 1) the inn is distinguished by the fineness of its cuisine • Syn: ↑choiceness • Derivationally related forms: ↑choice (for: ↑choiceness) …   Useful english dictionary

  • fineness — praba statusas T sritis chemija apibrėžtis Tauriojo metalo masės dalių skaičius tūkstantyje lydinio masės dalių. atitikmenys: angl. assay; fineness; hallmark; purity; standard of purity rus. проба …   Chemijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • fineness — Ⅰ. fine [1] ► ADJECTIVE 1) of very high quality. 2) satisfactory. 3) in good health and feeling well. 4) (of the weather) bright and clear. 5) (of a thread, filament, or hair) thin. 6) of delicate or intricate w …   English terms dictionary

  • fineness — noun see fine III …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fineness — /fuyn nis/, n. 1. the state or quality of being fine. 2. the proportion of pure precious metal in an alloy, often expressed in parts per thousand. [1400 50; late ME; see FINE1, NESS] * * * …   Universalium

  • fineness — noun a) The ratio, in a precious metal, of the primary metal to any additives or impurities. b) The ratio of a ships length to her beam …   Wiktionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”