• Geppetto Carried Off His Fine Piece of Wood
    Geppetto Carried Off His Fine Piece of Wood
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fineness the quality of being very good indeed "the inn is distinguished by the fineness of its cuisine"
    • n fineness the quality of being beautiful and delicate in appearance "the daintiness of her touch","the fineness of her features"
    • n fineness having a very fine texture "the fineness of the sand on the beach"
    • n fineness the property of being very narrow or thin "he marvelled at the fineness of her hair"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Making a fine point Making a fine point
Fine feathers make fine birds Fine feathers make fine birds
To see a fine Lady get on a white Horse To see a fine Lady get on a white Horse
o he put on all his Fine Clothes o he put on all his Fine Clothes
Some fine Free Hitting Some fine Free Hitting
I see a baker's been fined ten pounds for selling bread less than twelve hours old I see a baker's been fined ten pounds for selling bread less than twelve hours old
Fine Adjustment Valve Fine Adjustment Valve

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Before toilet paper was invented, French royalty wiped their bottoms with fine linen
    • Fineness Freedom from foreign matter or alloy; clearness; purity; as, the fineness of liquor. "The fineness of the gold, and chargeful fashion."
    • Fineness Keenness or sharpness; as, the fineness of a needle's point, or of the edge of a blade.
    • Fineness The proportion of pure silver or gold in jewelry, bullion, or coins.
    • Fineness The quality or condition of being fine.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Finely grinding coffee beans and boiling them in water is still known as "Turkish Coffee." It is still made this way today in Turkey and Greece or anywhere else Turkish Coffee is served.
    • n fineness The state or quality of being fine, in any sense.
    • n fineness Specifically, the quantity of pure metal in alloys expressed by number of parts in 1,000.
    • n fineness Finesse; subtlety.
    • ***


  • Joseph Conrad
    “As to honor -- you know -- it's a very fine mediaeval inheritance which women never got hold of. It wasn't theirs.”
  • Edward Albee
    Edward Albee
    “I have a fine sense of the ridiculous, but no sense of humor.”
  • James Fenton
    James Fenton
    “Imitation, if it is not forgery, is a fine thing. It stems from a generous impulse, and a realistic sense of what can and cannot be done.”
  • Moliere
    “Oh how fine it is to know a thing or two!”
  • Maya Angelou
    “There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.”
  • Malcolm X
    “Nonviolence is fine as long as it works.”


Cut it fine - If you cut it fine, you only just manage to do something- at the very last moment. 'Cut things fine' is the same. 'Cut it a bit fine' is a common variation.
Fine and dandy - (UK) If thing's are fine and dandy, then everything is going well.
Fine tuning - Small adjustments to improve something or to get it working are called fine tuning.
Fine words butter no parsnips - This idiom means that it's easy to talk, but talk is not action.
Walk a fine line - If you have to walk a fine line, you have to be very careful not to annoy or anger people or groups that are competing. ('Walk a thin line' is an alternative.)


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Fine (a.)


In literature:

His journal to his wife, written at sea, contains some of the most beautiful things I ever read: fine feeling in very fine English.
"Letters of Edward FitzGerald in two volumes, Vol. 1" by Edward FitzGerald
Here is a university, and some very fine private residences; and the fortifications have been laid out in fine walks.
"Young Americans Abroad" by Various
They lived in a big fine house and had a fine barn.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
I need not emphasize again the fine art of Fannie Hurst.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
The leaf-stalks are of a fine purple color, tender, crisp, and fine flavored.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
Mince the lobster fine, and season with pepper and salt, make good and thick with drawn butter.
"My Pet Recipes, Tried and True" by Various
He's a soldier's soldier, and that, in its way, is as fine a thing as a poet's poet!
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
They were a fine sturdy race, with fine features and smiling faces.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
Along the edges is fine white clover.
"A Tour in Ireland 1776-1779" by Arthur Young
It was a fine concert of voices.
"The Land of the Long Night" by Paul du Chaillu

In poetry:

Like winter rose and summer ice,
Her joys are still untimely;
Before her Hope, behind Remorse:
Fair first, in fine unseemly.
"Love's Servile Lot" by Robert Southwell
Heart of my heart! if earth or Heaven
Had speech or language fine
Enough, or death or life could give
Me symbol, sound, or sign
"The First Christmas Apart" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
With fine weather and foul weather
Another year came in;
“To take his wage,” the workmen said,
“We almost count a sin.”
"Winstanley" by Jean Ingelow
If I climb the broken stairway,
Where the stone is smooth and fine,
I hear a rustle and whisper,
And footsteps in front of mine.
"A Castle Old And Grey" by Alexander Anderson
"But times like that ain't what I mind;
It's when it's fine it's worse;
The jobs o' work of every kind
'Ud make a parson curse."
"The Day's Work" by Cicely Fox Smith
"Now help me up, thou fine fell-ow,
'Tis time that I were gone:
When I come home to Gyllian my wife,
She'll say I am a gentilmon."
"King Edward IV. And The Tanner Of Tamworth" by Henry Morley

In news:

Alison Lurie's fine tribute to the late Edward Gorey gave to me yet another glimpse of a man who has been lingering around the periphery of my childhood for some time now.
Beautifully crafted cuisine and a world-class wine list have quickly put L' Atelier de Joël Robuchon at the pinnacle of fine dining in Hong Kong.
All is fine in Hughes.
It is a silver tube of diner lore, cozy booths and some damn fine food on Broadway in Albany.
Sam the Record Man dies at 92. Notable deaths in TV 2012, A-M. Fine food and great wine at Quebec's Auberge Saint-Antoine.
"The print market tends to be pretty straightforward, so there weren't as many surprises as you sometimes see in a paintings and sculpture sale," said Gretchen Burch of the Chicago-based auction house 's fine art department.
More fine art articles from Antique Trader.
NFL Referee Tony Corrente Fined For Audible Obscenities During Game.
NEW YORK — Referee Tony Corrente has been fined one game check by the.
Haute cuisine is paired with fine wine served by angels who soar up to four stories to retrieve each bottle from the lofty wine tower.
If it comes with a paper umbrella, fine.
I am a lifestyle designer and multi-media fine artist studying for a Master's in Ayurvedic Medicine, the cutting edge and ancient movement in healing.
Ruth's Chris to start May in fine style (Under the Azalea Bush).
NCAA fines Penn State $60 million.
On Wednesday, Sept 19, Henry's Place will host an evening of fine wine and cuisine at its second American Brigade wine dinner featuring Majestic Fine Wines.

In science:

Recall Fine and Wilf ’s theorem , which can be stated as follows.
Random subshifts of finite type
Fine results like this are currently unavailable for the most studied variants of preferential attachment models with linear attachment rules, in particular those reviewed by Dommers et al. .
Random networks with sublinear preferential attachment: The giant component
Taylor, Fine topology, Shilov boundary, and (ddc )n , J.
Pluripotential Energy
We start w i th some "h istorica l" quan tum a lgori thms wh ich are exponentia l ly faster than the ir classica l counterparts, includ ing the famous Shor's factoring a lgori thm. Then, we de fine HSP and show how the previous a lgori thms can be in terpreted as so lutions to th is prob lem.
The Hidden Subgroup Problem
We a lso de fine Fourier Samp l ing and mention how the weak version extends the abe l ian case to find norma l h idden subgroups and so lve the dedekind ian HSP.
The Hidden Subgroup Problem