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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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  • Youthful riders, men and women with bowls, and finely modelled garments are separated by small trees.

    History of Ancient Art Franz von Reber
  • This trained neutrality of Mrs. Bines served her finely now.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Then demand that the twenty handsomest young men should be chosen, and finely dressed, and put one in each shop as salesman.

    Serbian Folk-lore Anonymous
  • He praised me greatly for all the care I had taken of his boy; and said, how finely you was come on!

  • Also it must be remembered not to draw too finely, else the work in parts may disappear entirely in the reproduction.

    The Essentials of Illustration T. G. (Thomas George) Hill
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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