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[fahyn-lee] /ˈfaɪn li/
in a fine manner; excellently; elegantly; delicately; minutely; nicely; subtly.
in fine particles or pieces:
finely chopped onions.
Origin of finely
1275-1325; Middle English fineliche. See fine1, -ly Unabridged
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  • Chop capers, garlic and shallot finely and add to bowl.
  • Modern humans' stone tools and weapons usually featured elongated, standardized, finely crafted blades.
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  • After the sun had swung around and began grazing the surface, however, a delicate web of finely engraved lines started to emerge.
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  • In the finely divided state oxygen or other oxidizing agents convert it to a metabolizable form.
  • Forgiveness should be meted out in finely measured and consequence-ridden portions.
  • So it's not a big hollow, but rather a zone of more finely structured, less ordered ice.
  • He wore a star-shaped golden badge hitched to a belt finely tooled with wildflowers.
  • The message is that his body is a finely tuned instrument over which he has exquisite control.
British Dictionary definitions for finely


into small pieces; minutely
precisely or subtly
splendidly or delicately
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Word Origin and History for finely

early 14c., "perfectly, completely," from fine (adj.) + -ly (1). Meaning "delicately, minutely" is from 1540s; that of "excellently" is from 1680s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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