- adjective very thin or very small
- verb to make someone pay money as a punishment for having done something wrong
- adjective describing something that is very small in size, thickness or weight
- adjective referring to weather that is warm and sunny, with few clouds and no rain or fog
- noun money paid because of something wrong which has been done
- verb to punish someone by making him or her pay money
Cars & Driving
- adjective made of very small particles
- adjective having many grooves and ridges close together
- adjective close to, and on either side of, an imaginary line separating the off and leg sides of the pitch behind the batsman’s wicketCitation ‘Sometimes short-slip is put very fine, sometimes rather wider, as circumstances may require’ (Ranjitsinhji 1897)Citation ‘Cowdrey went ahead with another four off Davidson, which went very fine past backward short-leg’ (Peebles 1959)Compare straight See fielding positions
Information & Library Science
- noun an amount of money that has to be paid as a penalty
- verb to make somebody pay money as a punishment
- noun a sum of money ordered to be paid by a defendant as punishment on conviction for an offence
- verb to order a defendant who has been convicted of an offence to pay a sum of money as punishment
- adjective referring to something such as hair or thread which is very thin
- adjective referring to paper with a smooth surface
- adjective referring to a screen with narrow spaces between the lines
- adjective good, pleasant or sunny with no rain
- to remove any solid particles left in wine after fermentation.
- the youngest of the categories of Marsala wine.
Origin & History of “fine”
both the adjective and the noun fine have come a very long way since their beginnings in Latin finis ‘end’. The etymological sense of the adjective is ‘finished’ – hence, ‘of high quality’. It comes via Old French fin from vulgar Latin *fīnus, an adjective formed from the Latin verb fīnīre ‘limit, complete’ (source of English finish). (A derivative of *finus was the noun *finitia, from which ultimately English gets finesse (15th c.).) The noun fine also comes from an Old French fin, this time a noun descended directly from Latin fīnis. In medieval times this was used for ‘money to be paid at the completion of legal proceedings’ – hence the present-day sense ‘payment imposed as a punishment’. From the same ultimate source, but reflecting different aspects of it, come confine (16th c.) and define (14th c.) (‘limitation’) and refine (16th c.) (‘high quality’).