I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French fin, fine, from Latin finis boundary, end Date: 13th century 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 II. transitive verb (fined; fining) Date: 1559 to impose a fine on ; punish by a fine III. adjective (finer; finest) Etymology: Middle English fin, from Anglo-French, from Latin finis, noun, end, limit Date: 13th century 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 1 <
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
fineness noun IV. adverb Date: 14th century 1. finely: as 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.
V. verb (fined; fining) Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. purify, clarify <
fine and filter wine
2. to make finer in quality or size intransitive verb 1. to become pure or clear <
the ale will fine
2. to become smaller in lines or proportions VI. noun Etymology: Italian, from Latin finis end Date: circa 1798 end — used as a direction in music to mark the closing point after a repeat

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