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Definition of the noun fineness

What does fineness mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: finenesses

  1. the quality of being very good indeed
    • example: the inn is distinguished by the fineness of its cuisine
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of fineness: choiceness
    • more generic terms: high quality / superiority = the quality of being superior
  2. the property of being very narrow or thin
    • example: he marvelled at the fineness of her hair
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of fineness: thinness
    • more generic word: narrowness = the property of being narrow
  3. having a very fine texture
    • example: the fineness of the sand on the beach
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of fineness: powderiness
    • more generic word: smoothness = a texture without roughness
  4. the quality of being beautiful and delicate in appearance
    • example: the fineness of her features
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of fineness: daintiness / delicacy
    • more generic word: elegance = a refined quality of gracefulness and good taste

Alternative definition of the noun fineness


  1. The ratio, in a precious metal, of the primary metal to any additives or impurities.
  2. The ratio of a ship's length to her beam.


The fineness of a precious metal refers to the ratio of the primary metal to any additives or impurities traditionally expressed as parts per 1,000.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Fineness

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Google previewProfessional paper - United States Geological Survey (1914)

by Geological Survey (U.S.)

Mean diameter is mean linear fineness is an exactly similar de- defined as the diameter of a sphere having the rivative of...

Google previewSME Mining Reference Handbook (2002)

by Raymond L. Lowrie

GOLD Fineness refers to the weight proportion of pure gold in an alloy, expressed in parts per thousand; 1000 "fine gold" is 100% pure gold. Commercially traded gold bullion is usually 995 fine, or higher. The term fine gold may also be used ...

Google previewFord Madox Ford and the City (2005)

by Sara Haslam

the 'last fineness' is the concluding detail of crucial importance in the solving of a mystery – the dog that does not bark in 'Silver Blaze'. For James and Ford however, the last fineness is an endlessly renegotiable terrain to be played out and ...

Google previewBack to the Metriscape (2010)

Geometry, Math And Space For Observers, Teachers And Mathematicians by Reid Barnes

Fineness is an attribute of a line, as well as of a point, a plane and a surface. And we may expect it to be demonstrated that fineness ...

Google previewModern Physical Electronics (2012)

by L. Solymar

Very fine detail will be blurred and unrecognisable and a measure of this fineness is the resolution limit. Conventionally the resolving power of the system is said to be high when the resolution limit is small, but the term 'resolving power' is ...

Google previewIndustrial Fibres (1969)

A Review of Production, Trade, Consumption and Prices Relating to Wool, Cotton, Man-made Fibres, Silk, Flax, Jute, Hard Fibres and Other Hemps, Mohair and Coir

In intention, as far as apparel type wools are concerned, wool quality relates to the probable maximum spinning potential of a given lot of wool; in this connection fineness is the most important, but not the only factor. In the United Kingdom ...

Google previewThe Field Guide to Fleece (2013)

by Deborah Robson, Carol Ekarius

The wool's fineness means it forms neps easily. You may want to use fine- toothed combs, cotton carders, or fine-fiber carding cloth. To produce thick yarn, spin several thin, nicely twisted strands and ply them together. Effect of dyes. The white ...

Google previewMaterials and Equipment - Whitewares (2009)

Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 8 by William J. Smothers

Since it is known that BMF fineness is a significant factor and since clay content appeared to be ...

Google previewThe Brickbuilder (1895)

has much to do with the quality of cement, but weight without necessary fineness is a factor rather to be feared than embraced. The product of a ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language (1818)

In which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals; and Illustrated in Their Different Significations, by Examples from the Best Writers: Together with a History of the Language, and an English Grammar by Samuel Johnson

Every thing was full of a choice fineness, that, if it wanted any thing in majesty, it supplied with increase in pleasure; and if at the first it struck not admiration, it ravished with delight.

Google previewA Dictionary of the Bengala Language (1825)

In which the Words are Traced to Their Origin, and Their Various Meanings Given by William Carey

fineness, minuteness, au attenuate ...

Google previewDictionary of political economy (1912)

by Sir Robert Harry Inglis Palgrave

FINE— FINENESS OF COINS FIRM— FIRMIN. 83 Assessment* [Columbia College Studies in History, Economics, and Public Law, vol. ii., No. 3, 1893). Among the reports of special commissioners on taxation may be mentioned those of New ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Applied Physics (1922)

by Richard Glazebrook

Fineness of grinding. (6) Specific gravity. (This test was deleted Both the B.E.S.A. and the A.S.T.M. specify that the ...

Google previewA Philosophical Dictionary (Complete) (2013)

by Voltaire

Fineness either in its proper or its figurative sense does not signify either light, slender, fine, or ofarare thintexture; thisword expresses something delicateand finished. Light cloth,soft linen, thin lace,or slender galloon,arenot alwaysfine.

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Fineness Meaning

Video shows what fineness means. The ratio, in a precious metal, of the primary metal to any additives or impurities.. The ratio of a ship's length to her beam.

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But what of black women?... I most sincerely doubt if any other race of women could have brought its fineness up through so devilish a fire. (W.E.B. Du Bois)
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Scrabble value of F4I1N1E1N1E1S1S1

The value of this 8-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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