- The definition of fine is the end of something.
An example of fine in musical terms is the phrase "fine" printed at the end of a piece of music.
- Fine is defined as money charged to a person for doing something wrong, such as breaking the speed limit.
An example of a fine is when you have to pay $50 for getting a speeding ticket.
This man will have to pay a fine for speeding.
fine definition by Webster's New World
- Obsolete finished; perfected
- superior in quality; better than average; excellent; very good: a fine sample
- of exceptional character or ability: a fine teacher
- with no impurities; refined
- containing a specified proportion of pure metal: said usually of gold or silver
- in good health; very well
- clear and bright: said of the weather
- not heavy or gross
- not coarse; in very small particles: fine sand
- very thin or slender: fine thread
- very small: fine print
- sharp; keen: a knife with a fine edge
- discriminating; subtle: fine distinctions
- involving precise accuracy: a fine adjustment
- of delicate or subtle composition or character: fine lace
- Now Rare attractive; handsome: a fine child
- trained and developed physically to the maximum extent: said of athletes, horses, etc.
- too elegant; showy: fine writing
Origin: Middle English fin ; from Old French ; from Midieval Latin finus, for Classical Latin finis, an end, limit: see finish
- a finish; end; conclusion: obs. except in in fine (see phrase below)
- a sum of money paid to settle a matter; esp., a sum required to be paid as punishment or penalty for an offense
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French fin ; from Classical Latin finis: see finish
Origin: Italian ; from Classical Latin finis: see finish
fine definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective fin·er, fin·est
- Of superior quality, skill, or appearance: a fine day; a fine writer.
- Very small in size, weight, or thickness: fine type; fine paper.
- a. Free from impurities.b. Metallurgy Containing pure metal in a specified proportion or amount: gold 21 carats fine.
- Very sharp; keen: a blade with a fine edge.
- Thin; slender: fine hairs.
- Exhibiting careful and delicate artistry: fine china. See Synonyms at delicate.
- Consisting of very small particles; not coarse: fine dust.
- a. Subtle or precise: a fine difference.b. Able to make or detect effects of great subtlety or precision; sensitive: has a fine eye for color.
- Trained to the highest degree of physical efficiency: a fine racehorse.
- Characterized by refinement or elegance.
- Satisfactory; acceptable: Handing in your paper on Monday is fine.
- Being in a state of satisfactory health; quite well: I'm fine. And you?
- Used as an intensive: a fine mess.
- Informal Very well: doing fine.
Origin: Middle English fin, from Old French, from Latin fīnis, end, supreme degree.
- fineˈness noun
- A sum of money required to be paid as a penalty for an offense.
- Law a. A forfeiture or penalty to be paid to the offended party in a civil action.b. An amicable settlement of a suit over land ownership.
- Obsolete An end; a termination.
Origin: Middle English fin, from Old French, settlement, compensation, from Medieval Latin fīnis, from Latin, end.
- finˈa·ble, fineˈa·ble adjective
Origin: Italian, from Latin fīnis, end.
fine - Legal Definition
fine - Phrases/Idioms
- in conclusion
- in brief
- In conclusion; finally.
- In summation; in brief.