fine

A fine is a fee you pay when you break the rules, as in not turning in library materials on time, resulting in a fine. As an adjective, fine means "high quality" or "unblemished" like fine china.

If you read music, you know that fine is a spot where the music finishes. Wine, food or porcelain that is exceptionally delicious, well-made, or beautiful is called fine. Fine also means that things are okay or acceptable, like when someone asks how you are and you reply, “I'm fine.” When you are caught doing something wrong, paying a fine, money paid as a penalty, may result.

Primary Meanings of fine

1.
adjadv
free from impurities; having a high or specified degree of purity
in a delicate manner
2.
nv
money extracted as a penalty
issue a ticket or a fine to as a penalty
3.
adv
an expression of agreement normally occurring at the beginning of a sentence
Full Definitions of fine
1

adj free from impurities; having a high or specified degree of purity

“gold 21 carats fine
Synonyms:
pure
free of extraneous elements of any kind

adj characterized by elegance or refinement or accomplishment

fine wine”
“looking fine in her Easter suit”
“a fine gentleman”
fine china and crystal”
“a fine violinist”
“the fine hand of a master”
Synonyms:
elegant
refined and tasteful in appearance or behavior or style

adj of textures that are smooth to the touch or substances consisting of relatively small particles

“wood with a fine grain”
fine powdery snow”
fine rain”
“batiste is a cotton fabric with a fine weave”
“covered with a fine film of dust”
Synonyms:
close, tight
of textiles
close-grained, fine-grained
dense or compact in structure or texture, as a wood composed of small-diameter cells
dustlike
as fine and powdery as dust
floury
resembling flour in fine powdery texture
nongranular
not having granules
fine-grained, powdered, powdery, pulverised, pulverized, small-grained
consisting of fine particles
small
have fine or very small constituent particles
superfine
of extremely fine size or texture
smooth
having a surface free from roughness or bumps or ridges or irregularities
Antonyms:
coarse, harsh
of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles
coarse-grained, large-grained
not having a fine texture
coarse-grained, farinaceous, grainy, granular, granulose, gritty, mealy
composed of or covered with particles resembling meal in texture or consistency
granulated
made grainy or formed into granules
plush-like, plushy
(of textures) resembling plush
loose, open
(of textures) full of small openings or gaps
rough, unsmooth
having or caused by an irregular surface
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adj thin in thickness or diameter

“a fine film of oil”
fine hairs”
“read the fine print”
Synonyms:
thin
of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite or in cross section

adj minutely precise especially in differences in meaning

“a fine distinction”
Synonyms:
precise
sharply exact or accurate or delimited

adj being satisfactory or in satisfactory condition

“everything's fine
“dinner and the movies had been fine
“another minute I'd have been fine
Synonyms:
all right, hunky-dory, o.k., ok, okay
satisfactory
giving satisfaction

adv in a delicate manner

“her fine drawn body”
Synonyms:
delicately, exquisitely, finely
2

n money extracted as a penalty

Synonyms:
amercement, mulct
Types:
library fine
fine imposed by a library on books that overdue when returned
Type of:
penalty
a payment required for not fulfilling a contract

v issue a ticket or a fine to as a penalty

“I was fined for parking on the wrong side of the street”
Synonyms:
ticket
Types:
amerce
punish by a fine imposed arbitrarily by the discretion of the court
Type of:
book
record a charge in a police register
3

adv an expression of agreement normally occurring at the beginning of a sentence

Synonyms:
OK, all right, alright, very well

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