• Geppetto Carried Off His Fine Piece of Wood
    Geppetto Carried Off His Fine Piece of Wood
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fining That which is used to refine; especially, a preparation of isinglass, gelatin, etc., for clarifying beer.
    • Fining The act of imposing a fine.
    • Fining The process of fining or refining; clarification; also Metal, the conversion of cast iron into suitable for puddling, in a hearth or charcoal fire.
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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

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Swearing at someone over the phone in virginia is punishable by a $100 fine.
    • n fining The process of refining or purifying. The process of clarifying wine or other liquor by hastening the deposition of floating solid matters.
    • n fining The process of becoming clear: said especially of wine and other liquors.
    • n fining The material or mixture introduced into liquor to clarify it, as whites of eggs or alum. It is customary to mix the fining with a little of the liquor and beat them thoroughly together; the mixture is then poured into the cask and the liquor is stirred.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: "Fine turkey" and "honeycomb" are terms used for different qualities and textures of sponges.
    • n Fining fīn′ing process of refining or purifying
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  • Elbert Hubbard
    “It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test.”
  • Sarah Bernhardt
    Sarah Bernhardt
    “For the theatre one needs long arms; it is better to have them too long than too short. An artiste with short arms can never, never make a fine gesture.”
  • Frank Lloyd Wright
    “All fine architectural values are human vales, else not valuable.”
  • James Buchan
    James Buchan
    “Because bankers measure their self-worth in money, and pay themselves a lot of it, they think they're fine fellows and don't need to explain themselves.”
  • Jean De La Bruyere
    “A bachelor's life is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner.”
  • Plutarch
    “Good birth is a fine thing, but the merit is our ancestors.”


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.)


In literature:

The calyx is very finely formed, broadly cup-shaped and cornered; the five divisions are narrow, finely pointed, 3/4in.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
Folks all doin fine long as the cotton is to pick.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
The city is finely built, and presents an aspect of industry and liveliness unsurpassed by any place in the world.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
Take the pods as fresh and young as possible and shred them as finely as a small knife will go through them, cutting them lengthwise.
"Vaughan's Vegetable Cook Book (4th edition)" by Anonymous
If it is possible have bits of white confetti or finely cut paper fall from above during the shepherds' scene in Act II.
"The White Christmas and other Merry Christmas Plays" by Walter Ben Hare
The term in its early use of "fine" or "splendid" survives in American slang.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
I'm going to have a fine time getting along with these fellows.
"Bob Hunt in Canada" by George W. Orton
The streets of Armentieres were well laid out and some of the private residences were very fine.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
This black is a very fine one, and is very fast.
"The Dyeing of Woollen Fabrics" by Franklin Beech
Well, the wise little pig got up at five, scampered away to the field, and brought home a fine load of turnips before the wolf came.
"Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories" by Various

In poetry:

"Sure Parson E. went o'er the sea,
And back he came so smiley,
With stick so fine from black-thorn tree,
For father John O'Rielly.
"A Protestant Irishman To His Wife" by Thomas Frederick Young
In their silk weave I still can view
Each vein so finely fretted.
Once moistened by the morning dew,
Now by my tears it’s wetted.
""Where are you now, you roses red"" by Adam Gottlob Oehlenschlaeger
"O didna ye get the rings, Ladye,
The rings o' the gowd sae fine?
I wot that I have sent to thee
Four score, four score and nine."
"The Lang Coortin'" by Lewis Carroll
These were the days to angler dear,
When, with his hook and line,
He brought his treasures from the brook,
So splendid and so fine.
"Catching Speckled Trout" by Thomas Frederick Young
And still as the train rolled onward
They sang through my brain all night,
While the dust of the Kalahari
Sat on me, fine and white.
"Everything Is Different In Africa" by Cicely Fox Smith
Let country wenches make 'em fine
With posies, since 'tis fitter
For thee with richest gems to shine,
And like the stars to glitter.
"A Dialogue betwixt himself and Mistress Eliza Wheeler, under the name of Amarillis" by Robert Herrick

In news:

But it boils down to a very drama-less post about a lack of genre bias in Printzland and how things seem to me to be fine.
Google offered to settle an antitrust investigation in Europe on Monday, seeking to avoid a potentially huge fine and requirements to change the way it runs its lucrative search and advertising businesses.
Kelly Micheels is a bachelor of fine arts major and a senior at SUNY Plattsburgh.
Northern State University student Elizabeth Nehlich, an art major with a specialization in fine arts, will graduate in December.
Heather James Fine Art congratulates the Palm Springs Life 40 Under 40 and invites the honorees — and a guest — to a private reception at the gallery, located at Highway 111 and Portola Avenue in Palm Desert.
Offers advanced reproduction for fine art market.
Oh Nico, You're So Fine.
Pasta Olive Oil Red Wine Vinegar 2-3 large cloves of Garlic finely chopped Salt Pepper Oregano.
In a food processor, blend the arugula , walnuts, and cheese into a fine paste.
From "Fine Cooking Make It Tonight.".
It's a fine line between fun and awful.
0The Kek fine grinding universal mill is a versatile high-energy fine grinder .
'Everybody's Fine' movie review: A 'fine' De Niro saves ho-hum holiday vehicle.
The maximum penalty for bringing it into Australia illegally is a fine of $86,000 and five years in prison, but the Local Court can only impose a fine of $17,000.
New fines take effect for D.C.'s speed cameras that lower the cost for most of the low-level speeding tickets but increases the fine for the fastest drivers.

In science:

Fig. 2) on a finely divided circle was then required.
Astrometry during the past 2000 years
Fine gradings on simple classical Lie algebras. J.
Group gradings on finitary simple Lie algebras
Alberto Elduque: Fine gradings on simple classical Lie algebras. J.
Classification of Simple Lie Algebras on a Lattice
Halpern. A counterexample to theorems of Cox and Fine.
Axioms for Rational Reinforcement Learning
Fine structure of mode-locked regions of the quasi-periodically forced circle map.
Is the astronomical forcing a reliable and unique pacemaker for Climate?