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[fahyn-nis] /ˈfaɪn nɪs/
the state or quality of being fine.
the proportion of pure precious metal in an alloy, often expressed in parts per thousand.
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see fine1, -ness Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for fineness


the state or quality of being fine
a measurement of the purity of precious metal, expressed as the number of parts per thousand that is precious metal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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