• WordNet 3.6
    • n daintiness the quality of being beautiful and delicate in appearance "the daintiness of her touch","the fineness of her features"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Daintiness The quality of being dainty; nicety; niceness; elegance; delicacy; deliciousness; fastidiousness; squeamishness. "The daintiness and niceness of our captains""More notorious for the daintiness of the provision . . . than for the massiveness of the dish.""The duke exeeded in the daintiness of his leg and foot, and the earl in the fine shape of his hands,"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n daintiness The character or quality of being dainty. Elegance; neatness; the exhibition or possession of delicate beauty or of exquisite taste or skill.
    • n daintiness Deliciousness; delicacy as regards taste: applied to food.
    • n daintiness Nicety as regards matters of behavior and decorum; ceremoniousness; fastidiousness in conduct; hence, sensitiveness; softness; effeminacy; weakness of character.
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  • Miguel De Cervantes
    “'Tis a dainty thing to command, though 'twere but a flock of sheep.”
  • Mary Elizabeth Hewitt
    Mary Elizabeth Hewitt
    “A sumptuous dwelling the rich man hath. And dainty is his repast; but remember that luxury's prodigal hand keeps the furnace of toil in blast.”
  • Scottish Proverb
    Scottish Proverb
    “Plenty makes dainty!”


In literature:

It was a very dainty, old-fashioned little room.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
But the chief charm of the plant is its soft pink flowers, dainty and delicate in the extreme.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford
It was a sweet little chamber over the dairy, smelling of new milk and ripe apples, and very dainty in dimity and muslin.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
On one side it communicated with Lady Hamilton's room, and on the other opened into a dainty dressing-room and bath.
"Patty's Friends" by Carolyn Wells
So at two o'clock Patty found herself gently awakened, to see Nan at her bedside, arranging a dainty tray of luncheon which a maid had brought in.
"Patty's Summer Days" by Carolyn Wells
Nancy piled her plate with every available dainty.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
Now he gave his quills a deft touch, now the feathers of his wing, now those of his dainty breast.
"Our Bird Comrades" by Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
The four girls shared two rooms, facing one another and with two dainty beds in each.
"Dorothy on a Ranch" by Evelyn Raymond
Straightway each of them lost his great big heart to the dainty maiden, and could not bear to lose sight of her.
"Cornwall's Wonderland" by Mabel Quiller-Couch
She was dainty, gracious, and smiling as ever, but age had laid its finger lightly upon her.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird

In poetry:

But doubtless she grew weary
By thicket or by wood.—
A dainty virtue, dearie,
That fled when none pursued.
"The Dainty Virtue" by Gamaliel Bradford
Thereat she hung her dainty head,
The river's melody
Grew sweeter, and methought it said,
"The maid will follow thee."
"The Stepping Stones" by Alexander Anderson
And tiny feathery filmy ferns
You scarce can see at all,
Fleck the shady side of the stones,
So dainty, fine and small
"My Garden" by Kate Seymour Maclean
It chanc'd the king upon a day
Prepar'd a sumptuous feast,
And there came lords and dainty dames,
And many a noble guest.
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British
What touch is like the Spring's?
By dainty fingerings
Such rare delight to give,
'Tis luxury to live
Amid florescent things.
"The Miracle Of Spring" by Hattie Howard
"They say that swarming wild bees seek
The hive at her command;
And fishes swim to take their food
From out her dainty hand.
"The Witch of Wenham" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Once upon a time, living rooms were filled with white sofas and dainty crystal objects.
A shopper picks up holiday gifts at Dainty Daisies in Appleton on Small Business Saturday, November 24, 2012.
The best part is maybe the dainty 'merci' at the end.
With Austin duo Agent Ribbons, I tend to pair two (seemingly) disparate descriptions together: Dainty and deadly.
The maleness of the Nassau Inn's Tap Room has been replaced by a female, dainty, tearoom atmosphere.
Flanders is a region in Belgium historically famous for its lace and chocolate and understandably so, considering these delicate, demure and dainty little items are created by some of Europe's finest artisans.
A Treatise on the Catching of the Fairer Sex and Lovely, Dainty Trout.
Ennar Calasian Grill has gigantic-yet-dainty shoes to fill—Haley Nguyen's, to be exact.
Once upon a time, living room s were filled with white sofas and dainty crystal objects.
A host of chefs are creating vegetable dishes that are anything but dainty.
The nimble bows of Wordless Music Orchestra are sure to play the dainty, icy arrangements that make Mono 's lastest mutation, Hymn To The Immortal Wind, a delicate blend of Morricone and Isis.
Or, as their website says, quote, " those dainty little brushes and girly nail polish containers".
This big-blooming flower is a strong, striking choice from among the popular -- and mostly very dainty -- group of floral names.
For those who think the Double Stuf Oreo is too dainty, Kraft Foods has introduced the Triple Double Oreo , which combines a layer of vanilla cream, a layer of chocolate cream and three chocolate wafers.
The main house, a dainty Victorian, sits on the bluff, but check into one of the Arts and Crafts-style spa suites, and you can enjoy the sea breezes from your balcony.

In science:

Dainty et al. 1999) thanks to the availability of relatively cheap membrane deformable mirrors (Vdovin 1995), single photon detectors with a reasonably high frame rate based on the EMCCD technology (e.g.
SAOLIM, a prototype of a low cost System for Adaptive Optics with Lucky Imaging