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NOUN (1)

1. money extracted as a penalty;
[syn: fine, mulct, amercement]


VERB (1)

1. issue a ticket or a fine to as a penalty;
- Example: "I was fined for parking on the wrong side of the street"
- Example: "Move your car or else you will be ticketed!"
[syn: ticket, fine]


ADJECTIVE (6)

1. being satisfactory or in satisfactory condition;
- Example: "an all-right movie"
- Example: "the passengers were shaken up but are all right"
- Example: "is everything all right?"
- Example: "everything's fine"
- Example: "things are okay"
- Example: "dinner and the movies had been fine"
- Example: "another minute I'd have been fine"
[syn: all right, fine, o.k., ok, okay, hunky-dory]

2. minutely precise especially in differences in meaning;
- Example: "a fine distinction"

3. thin in thickness or diameter;
- Example: "a fine film of oil"
- Example: "fine hairs"
- Example: "read the fine print"

4. characterized by elegance or refinement or accomplishment;
- Example: "fine wine"
- Example: "looking fine in her Easter suit"
- Example: "a fine gentleman"
- Example: "fine china and crystal"
- Example: "a fine violinist"
- Example: "the fine hand of a master"

5. of textures that are smooth to the touch or substances consisting of relatively small particles;
- Example: "wood with a fine grain"
- Example: "fine powdery snow"
- Example: "fine rain"
- Example: "batiste is a cotton fabric with a fine weave"
- Example: "covered with a fine film of dust"

6. free from impurities; having a high or specified degree of purity;
- Example: "gold 21 carats fine"


ADVERB (2)

1. an expression of agreement normally occurring at the beginning of a sentence;
[syn: very well, fine, alright, all right, OK]

2. in a delicate manner;
- Example: "finely shaped features"
- Example: "her fine drawn body"
[syn: finely, fine, delicately, exquisitely]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

fine \fine\ (f[imac]n), a. [Compar. finer (f[imac]n"[~e]r); superl. finest.] [F. fin, LL. finus fine, pure, fr. L. finire to finish; cf. finitus, p. p., finished, completed (hence the sense accomplished, perfect.) See Finish, and cf. Finite.] 1. Finished; brought to perfection; refined; hence, free from impurity; excellent; superior; elegant; worthy of admiration; accomplished; beautiful. [1913 Webster] The gain thereof [is better] than fine gold. --Prov. iii. 14. [1913 Webster] A cup of wine that's brisk and fine. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Not only the finest gentleman of his time, but one of the finest scholars. --Felton. [1913 Webster] To soothe the sick bed of so fine a being [Keats]. --Leigh Hunt. [1913 Webster] 2. Aiming at show or effect; loaded with ornament; overdressed or overdecorated; showy. [1913 Webster] He gratified them with occasional . . . fine writing. --M. Arnold. [1913 Webster] 3. Nice; delicate; subtle; exquisite; artful; skillful; dexterous. [1913 Webster] The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine! --Pope. [1913 Webster] The nicest and most delicate touches of satire consist in fine raillery. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] He has as fine a hand at picking a pocket as a woman. --T. Gray. [1913 Webster] 4. Not coarse, gross, or heavy; as: (a) Not gross; subtile; thin; tenous. [1913 Webster] The eye standeth in the finer medium and the object in the grosser. --Bacon. (b) Not coarse; comminuted; in small particles; as, fine sand or flour. (c) Not thick or heavy; slender; filmy; as, a fine thread. (d) Thin; attenuate; keen; as, a fine edge. (e) Made of fine materials; light; delicate; as, fine linen or silk. [1913 Webster] 5. Having (such) a proportion of pure metal in its composition; as, coins nine tenths fine. [1913 Webster] 6. (Used ironically.) [1913 Webster] Ye have made a fine hand, fellows. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Note: Fine is often compounded with participles and adjectives, modifying them adverbially; a, fine-drawn, fine-featured, fine-grained, fine-spoken, fine-spun, etc. [1913 Webster] Fine arch (Glass Making), the smaller fritting furnace of a glasshouse. --Knight. Fine arts. See the Note under Art. Fine cut, fine cut tobacco; a kind of chewing tobacco cut up into shreds. Fine goods, woven fabrics of fine texture and quality. --McElrath. Fine stuff, lime, or a mixture of lime, plaster, etc., used as material for the finishing coat in plastering. To sail fine (Naut.), to sail as close to the wind as possible. Syn: Fine, Beautiful. Usage: When used as a word of praise, fine (being opposed to coarse) denotes no "ordinary thing of its kind." It is not as strong as beautiful, in reference to the single attribute implied in the latter term; but when we speak of a fine woman, we include a greater variety of particulars, viz., all the qualities which become a woman, -- breeding, sentiment, tact, etc. The term is equally comprehensive when we speak of a fine garden, landscape, horse, poem, etc.; and, though applied to a great variety of objects, the word has still a very definite sense, denoting a high degree of characteristic excellence. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fine \Fine\, v. i. To pay a fine. See Fine, n., 3 (b) . [R.] [1913 Webster] Men fined for the king's good will; or that he would remit his anger; women fined for leave to marry. --Hallam. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fine \Fine\, v. t. & i. [OF. finer, F. finir. See Finish, v. t.] To finish; to cease; or to cause to cease. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fine \Fine\ (f[imac]n), adv. 1. Finely; well; elegantly; fully; delicately; mincingly. [Obs., Dial., or Colloq.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. (Billiards & Pool) In a manner so that the driven ball strikes the object ball so far to one side as to be deflected but little, the object ball being driven to one side. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fine \Fine\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fined (f[imac]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Fining.] [From Fine, a.] 1. To make fine; to refine; to purify, to clarify; as, to fine gold. [1913 Webster] It hath been fined and refined by . . . learned men. --Hobbes. [1913 Webster] 2. To make finer, or less coarse, as in bulk, texture, etc.; as. to fine the soil. --L. H. Bailey. [1913 Webster] 3. To change by fine gradations; as (Naut.), to fine down a ship's lines, to diminish her lines gradually. [1913 Webster] I often sate at home On evenings, watching how they fined themselves With gradual conscience to a perfect night. --Browning. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fine \Fine\, v. t. [From Fine, n.] To impose a pecuniary penalty upon for an offense or breach of law; to set a fine on by judgment of a court; to punish by fine; to mulct; as, the trespassers were fined ten dollars. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fine \Fine\ (f[imac]n), n. [OE. fin, L. finis end, also in LL., a final agreement or concord between the lord and his vassal; a sum of money paid at the end, so as to make an end of a transaction, suit, or prosecution; mulct; penalty; cf. OF. fin end, settlement, F. fin end. See Finish, and cf. Finance.] 1. End; conclusion; termination; extinction. [Obs.] "To see their fatal fine." --Spenser. [1913 Webster] Is this the fine of his fines? --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A sum of money paid as the settlement of a claim, or by way of terminating a matter in dispute; especially, a payment of money imposed upon a party as a punishment for an offense; a mulct. [1913 Webster] 3. (Law) (a) (Feudal Law) A final agreement concerning lands or rents between persons, as the lord and his vassal. --Spelman. (b) (Eng. Law) A sum of money or price paid for obtaining a benefit, favor, or privilege, as for admission to a copyhold, or for obtaining or renewing a lease. [1913 Webster] Fine for alienation (Feudal Law), a sum of money paid to the lord by a tenant whenever he had occasion to make over his land to another. --Burrill. Fine of lands, a species of conveyance in the form of a fictitious suit compromised or terminated by the acknowledgment of the previous owner that such land was the right of the other party. --Burrill. See Concord, n., 4. In fine, in conclusion; by way of termination or summing up. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fine \Fine\ (f[imac]n), v. i. To become fine (in any one of various senses); as, the ale will fine; the weather fined. To fine away, down, off, gradually to become fine; to diminish; to dwindle. I watched her [the ship] . . . gradually fining down in the westward until I lost of her hull. --W. C. Russel. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

fine adv 1: an expression of agreement normally occurring at the beginning of a sentence [syn: very well, fine, alright, all right, OK] 2: in a delicate manner; "finely shaped features"; "her fine drawn body" [syn: finely, fine, delicately, exquisitely] adj 1: being satisfactory or in satisfactory condition; "an all- right movie"; "the passengers were shaken up but are all right"; "is everything all right?"; "everything's fine"; "things are okay"; "dinner and the movies had been fine"; "another minute I'd have been fine" [syn: all right, fine, o.k., ok, okay, hunky-dory] 2: minutely precise especially in differences in meaning; "a fine distinction" 3: thin in thickness or diameter; "a fine film of oil"; "fine hairs"; "read the fine print" 4: characterized by elegance or refinement or accomplishment; "fine wine"; "looking fine in her Easter suit"; "a fine gentleman"; "fine china and crystal"; "a fine violinist"; "the fine hand of a master" 5: of textures that are smooth to the touch or substances consisting of relatively small particles; "wood with a fine grain"; "fine powdery snow"; "fine rain"; "batiste is a cotton fabric with a fine weave"; "covered with a fine film of dust" [ant: coarse, harsh] 6: free from impurities; having a high or specified degree of purity; "gold 21 carats fine" n 1: money extracted as a penalty [syn: fine, mulct, amercement] v 1: issue a ticket or a fine to as a penalty; "I was fined for parking on the wrong side of the street"; "Move your car or else you will be ticketed!" [syn: ticket, fine]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

512 Moby Thesaurus words for "fine": Babylonian, Corinthian, OK, Roger, absolutely, abstruse, accomplished, accurate, acrid, acute, admirable, adulterated, advantageous, aesthetic, aesthetically appealing, affable, agreeable, airy, alive and kicking, all right, alright, alrighty, amen, amerce, amercement, amiable, amicable, amusing, appreciative, arabesque, aright, as you say, assessment, assuredly, attentive, attenuate, attenuated, attractive, auspicious, awe-inspiring, awful, aye, balmy, barbaric, baroque, beauteous, beautiful, beneficial, benevolent, bitsy, bitty, blissful, bon, bonny, bonzer, boyish, branny, braw, bright, bright and fair, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, brilliant, bueno, busy, by all means, capital, capitally, certainly, chalklike, chalky, champion, charge, cheerful, chichi, chipper, choice, civilized, clear, close, cloudless, cogent, comely, commendable, comminute, comminuted, compatible, complaisant, confiscate, congenial, conscientious, constant, consummate, cool, cordial, correct, critical, crushed, cryptic, cultivated, cultured, cut, cute, cutting, da, dainty, damages, dandy, delicat, delicate, deluxe, demanding, desirable, detailed, detrital, detrited, diaphanous, differential, dilute, diluted, direct, discriminate, discriminating, discriminative, disintegrated, distinctive, distinguishing, distrain, distraint, distress, double-edged, downy, dry, dulcet, dusty, edged, efflorescent, elaborate, elegant, en rapport, endowed with beauty, enigmatic, enjoyable, enjoying health, entertaining, escheat, escheatment, esoteric, estimable, estreat, ethereal, eupeptic, even, exact, exacting, exactly, excellent, excellently, exceptional, exigent, expedient, express, exquisite, extravagant, eye-filling, fair, fair and pleasant, faithful, famous, famously, fancy, farinaceous, fastidious, favorable, featheredged, fee, felicific, felicitous, filamentous, filmy, fine-drawn, fine-grained, finely, finespun, finical, finicking, finicky, first-class, first-rate, firsts, fit, fit and fine, flaky, flamboyant, flimsy, florid, floury, flowerlike, flowery, fluffy, forfeit, forfeiture, frail, frilly, full of beans, furfuraceous, fussy, fuzzy, gaseous, gauzy, genial, girlish, glorious, gone to dust, good, good enough, good-looking, goodly, gossamer, gossamery, graceful, gracile, gracious, grand, grandiose, grated, grateful, gratifying, great, ground, hair-splitting, hairline, hairsplitting, handsome, harmonious, healthful, healthy, hear, heart-warming, heavy, helpful, high-grade, high-wrought, honeyed, impalpable, imposing, impressive, in condition, in fine fettle, in fine whack, in good case, in good health, in good shape, in health, in high feather, in mint condition, in shape, in the pink, indeed, indeedy, inerrable, inerrant, infallible, insubstantial, interesting, itsy-bitsy, ja, just so, keen, keen-edged, kind, knifelike, labored, lacy, laudable, levigated, levy, levy a distress, light, likable, loose, lovely, luxuriant, luxurious, magnificent, mais oui, majestic, masterly, mathematical, mealy, mellifluous, mellow, meritorious, meticulous, micrometrically precise, microscopic, milled, minute, misty, moresque, most assuredly, mulct, narrow, naturally, naturellement, neat, nice, nicely, noble, obscure, of course, okay, ornate, ostentatious, oui, outstanding, overelaborate, overelegant, overlabored, overworked, overwrought, palatial, papery, particular, peachy, peewee, penalize, penalty, pestled, petty, picturesque, pinpoint, pleasant, pleasing, pleasurable, pleasure-giving, pleasureful, plush, pointed, polished, porous, posh, positively, powdered, powdery, precise, precisely, precisianistic, precisionistic, pretty, pretty-pretty, prime, princely, profitable, proud, pubescent, pulchritudinous, pulverant, pulverized, pulverulent, punctilious, punctual, punishment, quality, quite, rainless, rare, rarefied, rather, razor-edged, really, recondite, reduced to powder, refined, regal, religious, religiously exact, reparation, rewarding, rich, right, righto, rigid, rigorous, ripping, ritzy, robust, rococo, royal, royally, satin, satiny, satisfactory, satisfying, scaly, scientific, scientifically exact, scobicular, scobiform, sconce, scrupulous, scrutinizing, scurfy, seemly, select, selective, sensitive, sequestrate, set, severe, sharded, sharp, sheer, shredded, silky, skillful, slender, slenderish, slight, slight-made, slim, slimmish, slinky, small, smooth, sophisticated, sound, splendacious, splendid, splendidly, splendiferous, square, stately, strict, striking, subtile, subtle, sumptuous, sunny, superb, superfancy, superfine, superior, supreme, sure, sure thing, surely, svelte, swank, swanky, sweet, swell, sylphlike, tactful, tax, teeny, teeny-weeny, tenuous, thin, thin-bodied, thin-set, thin-spun, thinned, thinned-out, thinnish, threadlike, tiny, to be sure, top-drawer, trifling, triturated, truly, two-edged, uncompact, uncompressed, undarkened, undeviating, unerring, unsubstantial, useful, vague, valid, vaporous, velutinous, velvety, very good, very well, virtuoso, virtuous, wasp-waisted, watered, watered-down, watery, weak, wee, welcome, well, well and good, well-made, why yes, willowy, windy, wiredrawn, wispy, worthy, yea, yeah, yep, yes, yes indeed, yes indeedy, yes sir, yes sirree
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):

fine adj. [WPI] Good, but not good enough to be cuspy. The word fine is used elsewhere, of course, but without the implicit comparison to the higher level implied by cuspy.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

FINE. This word has various significations. It is employed, 1. To mean a sum of money, which, by judgment of a competent jurisdiction, is required to be paid for the punishment of an offence. 2. To designate the amount paid by the tenant, on his entrance, to the lord. 3. To signify a special kind of conveyance.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

FINE, conveyance, Practice. An amicable composition or agreement of a suit, either actual or fictitious, by leave of the court, by which the lands in question become, or are acknowledged to be the right of one of the parties. Co. Litt. 120; 2 Bl. Com. 349; Bac. Abr. Fines and Recoveries. A fine is so called, because it puts an end, not only to the suit thus commenced, but also to all other suits and controversies concerning the same matter. Such concords, says Doddridge, (Eng. Lawyer, 84, 85,) have been in use in the civil law, and are called transactions (q.v.) whereof they say thus: Transactiones sunt de eis quae in controversia sunt, a, lite futura aut pendente ad certam compositionem reducuntur, dando aliquid vel accipiendo. Or shorter, thus: Transactio est de re dubia et lite ancipite ne dum ad finem ducta, non gratuita pactio. It is commonly defined an assurance by matter of record, and is founded upon a supposed previously existing right, and upon a writ requiring the party to perform his covenant; although a fine may be levied upon any writ by which lands may be demanded, charged, or bound. It has also been defined an acknowledgment on record of a previous gift or feoffment, and prima facie carries a fee, although it may be limited to an estate for life or in fee tail. Prest. on Convey. 200, 202, 268, 269 2 Bl. Com. 348-9. 2. The stat. 18 E. I., called modus levandi fines, declares and regulates the manner in which they should be levied and carried on and that is as follows: 1. The party to whom the land is conveyed or assured, commences an action at law against the other, generally an action of covenant, by suing out of a writ of praecipe, called a writ of covenant, that the one shall convey the lands to the other, on the breach of which agreement the action is brought. The suit being thus commenced, then follows, 2. The licentia concordandi, or leave to compromise the suit. 3. The concord or agreement itself, after leave obtained by the court; this is usually an acknowledgment from the deforciants, that the lands in question are the lands of the complainants. 4. The note of the fine, which is only an abstract of the writ of covenant, and the concord naming the parties, the parcels of land, and the agreement. 5. The foot of the fine or the conclusion of it, which includes the whole matter, reciting the parties, day, year, and place, and before whom it was acknowledged or levied. 3. Fines thus levied, are of four kinds. 1. What in law French is called a fine sur cognizance de droit, come ceo que il ad de son done; or a fine upon the acknowledgment of the right of the cognizee, as that which he has of the gift of the cognizor. This fine is called a feoffment of record. 2. A fine sur cognizance de droit tantum, or acknowledgment of the right merely. 3. A fine sur concessit, is where the cognizor, in order to make an end of disputes, though he acknowledges no precedent right, yet grants to the consignee an estate de novo, usually for life or years, by way of a supposed composition. 4. A fine sur done grant et render, which is a double fine, comprehending the fine sur cognizance de droit come ceo, &c., and the fine sur concessit; and may be used to convey particular limitations of estate, and to persons who are strangers, or not named in the writ of the covenant, whereas the fine sur cognizance de droit come ceo &c., conveys nothing but an absolute estate either of inheritance, or at least of freehold. Salk. 340. In this last species of fines, the cognizee, after the right is acknowledged to be in him, grants back again, or renders to the cognizor, or perhaps to a stranger some other estate in the premises. 2 Bl. Com. 348 to 358. See Cruise on Fines; Vin. Abr. Fine; Sheph. Touch. c. 2; Bac. Ab. Fines and Recoveries; Com. Dig. Fine.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

FINE, criminal law. Pecuniary punishment imposed by a lawful tribunal, upon a person convicted of crime or misdemeanor. See Shep. Touchs. 2; Bac. Abr. Fines and Amercements. 2. The amount of the fine is frequently left to the discretion of the court, who ought to proportion the fine to the offence. To prevent the abuse of excessive fines, the Constitution of the United States directs that "excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted." Amendm. to the Constitution, art. 8. See Division of opinion.