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  1. (usually plural) something that is fine; fine particles
    • They filtered silt and fines out of the oil. =
verb (fin, ing)
  1. (transitive) to make finer, purer, or cleaner
  2. (intransitive) to become finer, purer, or cleaner
  3. (transitive) To clarify (wine and beer) by filtration.
  • German: klí¤ren, filtern, sieben
adjective (finer, finest)
  1. Of superior quality.
    • The tree frog that they encountered was truly a specimen.
    • Only a really wine could fully complement Lucí­a's hand-made pasta.
      1. Of a particular grade of quality, usually between very good and very fine, and below mint.
    • The small scratch meant that his copy of X-Men
    • 2 was merely when it otherwise would have been near mint.
      1. (context, of weather) Sunny and not raining.
      2. Being acceptable, adequate, passable, or satisfactory.
    • "How are you today?" "Fine."
    • "Will this one do? It's got a dent in it" "Yeah, it'll be , I guess."
    • "It's with me if you stay out late, so long as you're back by three."
      1. Good-looking, attractive.
    • "That man is so that I'd jump into his pants without a moment's hesitation."
      1. Consisting of especially minute particulate; made up of particularly small pieces.
    • Grind it into a powder.
    • When she touched the artifact, it collapsed into a heap of dust.
      1. Particularly slender; especially thin, narrow, or of small girth.
    • The threads were so that you had to look through a magnifying glass to see them.
      1. Made of slender or thin filaments.
    • They protected themselves from the small parasites with a wire mesh.
      1. Being dismissive, a way to keep to yourself when asked, "How are you?" "Fine"
  • Dutch: fijn
  • German: filigran
  • French: fin , fine
  • Italian: bello , bella
  1. expression of agreement

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