1. The quality or condition of being fine.
2. Freedom from foreign matter or alloy; clearness; purity; as, the fineness of liquor.
The fineness of the gold, and chargeful fashion. --Shak.
3. The proportion of pure silver or gold in jewelry, bullion, or coins.
Note: ☞ The fineness of United States coin is nine tenths, that of English gold coin is eleven twelfths, and that of English silver coin is ⁹²⁵/₁₀₀₀.
4. Keenness or sharpness; as, the fineness of a needle's point, or of the edge of a blade.
n 1: the quality of being very good indeed; "the inn is
distinguished by the fineness of its cuisine" [syn: choiceness]
2: the property of being very narrow or thin; "he marvelled at
the fineness of her hair" [syn: thinness]
3: having a very fine texture; "the fineness of the sand on the
beach" [syn: powderiness]
4: the quality of being beautiful and delicate in appearance;
"the daintiness of her touch"; "the fineness of her
features" [syn: daintiness, delicacy]