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fineness

[fahyn-nis] /ˈfaɪn nɪs/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being fine.
2.
the proportion of pure precious metal in an alloy, often expressed in parts per thousand.
Origin of fineness
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see fine1, -ness
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  • By these means, the whole, or most of it, will be reduced to an equal degree of fineness.

  • She had strong arms for it; he had seen her draw gold to the fineness of a hair.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • With Kate's word the story is finished; the first fineness of their association is lost, nothing will restore it.

    The Craft of Fiction Percy Lubbock
  • The wools of Germany are, in fineness and softness, much, superior to those of Spain.

  • But for its extreme elegance and fineness, I might not have noticed this; for I awoke to a sense of severe bodily pain.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • The degree of fineness must be determined by the occupation and station of the wearer.

  • He had the sense in all its fineness, but it found expression in another place.

    Peccavi E. W. Hornung
  • The smooth, brown skin had the fineness and delicacy of exquisite bronze.

    Janet of the Dunes Harriet T. Comstock
  • This is the acquisition of a fineness of differential perception, which can be obtained only through auto-education.

    The Montessori Method Maria Montessori
British Dictionary definitions for fineness

fineness

/ˈfaɪnnɪs/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being fine
2.
a measurement of the purity of precious metal, expressed as the number of parts per thousand that is precious metal
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