They were inclined to look sideways; they balanced themselves on their short thighs; their bodies were covered with fine down.
All the birds assemble in a grove, and the quadrupeds on a fine down.
The indefinite movement was the swift rise and fall of the brown fledged backs, over which waved long strands of fine down.
Young ducks are rather difficult to clean, as a layer of fine down, which is not easily removed, covers the skin.
In a wicker-basket she covered a layer of straw with another of wadding and fine down.
The radical leaves are palmate, covered with a fine down on the under surface.
This is fine exercise for me, and if I were to carry you a few miles every day I should fine down wonderfully.
Light comes through them, and they give back light, from the shining, fine down that covers them.
I lean down closer, almost touching the fine down of gold on his forehead, his velvety warmth, his scarcely perceptible breath.
At birth the skin of the baby is red and very soft owing to the presence of a coating of fine down.
mid-13c., "unblemished, refined, pure; of superior quality," from Old French fin "perfected, of highest quality" (12c.), from Latin finis "end, limit" (see finish); hence "acme, peak, height," as in finis boni "the highest good."
In French, the main meaning remains "delicate, intricately skillful;" in English since mid-15c. fine is also a general expression of admiration or approval, the equivalent of French beau (cf. fine arts, 1767, translating French beaux-arts). Finer; finest. Fine print is from 1861 as "type small and close-set;" by 1934 as "qualifications and limitations of a deal."
c.1200, "termination," from Old French fin "end, limit, boundary; death; fee, payment, finance, money" (10c.), from Medieval Latin finis "a payment in settlement, fine or tax," from Latin finis "end" (see finish).
Modern meaning is via sense of "sum of money paid for exemption from punishment or to compensate for injury" (mid-14c., from the same sense in Anglo-French, late 13c.) and from phrases such as to make fine "make one's peace, settle a matter" (c.1300). Meaning "sum of money imposed as penalty for some offense" is first recorded 1520s.
late 13c., "pay as a ransom or penalty," from fine (n.). Inverted meaning "to punish by a fine" is from 1550s. Related: Fined; fining.