fine [1] ADJECTIVE 1) of very high quality. 2) satisfactory. 3) in good health and feeling well. 4) (of the weather) bright and clear. 5) (of a thread, filament, or hair) thin. 6) of delicate or intricate workmanship. 7) (of speech or writing) impressive but ultimately insincere: fine words.
ADVERB informal in a satisfactory or pleasing manner.
VERB 1) clarify (beer or wine) by causing the precipitation of sediment. 2) (usu. fine down) make thinner.
cut it fine — Cf. ↑cut it fine
fine feathers make fine birds — Cf. fine feathers make fine birds
one's finest hour — Cf. ↑one's finest hour
fine words butter no parsnips — Cf. ↑fine words butter no parsnips
have down to a fine art — Cf. ↑have down to a fine art
not to put too fine a point on it — Cf. ↑not to put too fine a point on it
one fine day — Cf. ↑one fine day
DERIVATIVES finely adverb fineness noun.
ORIGIN Old French fin, from Latin finire 'finish' .
fine [2] NOUN a sum of money exacted as a penalty by a court of law or other authority.
VERB punish by a fine.
DERIVATIVES fineable adjective.
ORIGIN Old French fin 'end, payment' , from Latin finis 'end' .

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