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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.
Origin of fineness
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see fine1, -ness Unabridged
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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


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
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