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 for finest
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  fine \fine\ (f[imac]n), a. [Compar. finer (f[imac]n"[~e]r);
     superl. finest.] [F. fin, LL. finus fine, pure, fr. L.
     finire to finish; cf. finitus, p. p., finished, completed
     (hence the sense accomplished, perfect.) See Finish, and
     cf. Finite.]
     1. Finished; brought to perfection; refined; hence, free from
        impurity; excellent; superior; elegant; worthy of
        admiration; accomplished; beautiful.
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              The gain thereof [is better] than fine gold. --Prov.
                                                    iii. 14.
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              A cup of wine that's brisk and fine.  --Shak.
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              Not only the finest gentleman of his time, but one
              of the finest scholars.               --Felton.
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              To soothe the sick bed of so fine a being [Keats].
                                                    --Leigh Hunt.
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     2. Aiming at show or effect; loaded with ornament;
        overdressed or overdecorated; showy.
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              He gratified them with occasional . . . fine
              writing.                              --M. Arnold.
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     3. Nice; delicate; subtle; exquisite; artful; skillful;
        dexterous.
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              The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine! --Pope.
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              The nicest and most delicate touches of satire
              consist in fine raillery.             --Dryden.
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              He has as fine a hand at picking a pocket as a
              woman.                                --T. Gray.
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     4. Not coarse, gross, or heavy; as:
        (a) Not gross; subtile; thin; tenous.
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                  The eye standeth in the finer medium and the
                  object in the grosser.            --Bacon.
        (b) Not coarse; comminuted; in small particles; as, fine
            sand or flour.
        (c) Not thick or heavy; slender; filmy; as, a fine thread.
        (d) Thin; attenuate; keen; as, a fine edge.
        (e) Made of fine materials; light; delicate; as, fine
            linen or silk.
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     5. Having (such) a proportion of pure metal in its
        composition; as, coins nine tenths fine.
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     6. (Used ironically.)
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              Ye have made a fine hand, fellows.    --Shak.
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     Note: Fine is often compounded with participles and
           adjectives, modifying them adverbially; a, fine-drawn,
           fine-featured, fine-grained, fine-spoken, fine-spun,
           etc.
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     Fine arch (Glass Making), the smaller fritting furnace of a
        glasshouse. --Knight.
  
     Fine arts. See the Note under Art.
  
     Fine cut, fine cut tobacco; a kind of chewing tobacco cut
        up into shreds.
  
     Fine goods, woven fabrics of fine texture and quality.
        --McElrath.
  
     Fine stuff, lime, or a mixture of lime, plaster, etc., used
        as material for the finishing coat in plastering.
  
     To sail fine (Naut.), to sail as close to the wind as
        possible.
  
     Syn: Fine, Beautiful.
  
     Usage: When used as a word of praise, fine (being opposed to
            coarse) denotes no "ordinary thing of its kind." It is
            not as strong as beautiful, in reference to the single
            attribute implied in the latter term; but when we
            speak of a fine woman, we include a greater variety of
            particulars, viz., all the qualities which become a
            woman, -- breeding, sentiment, tact, etc. The term is
            equally comprehensive when we speak of a fine garden,
            landscape, horse, poem, etc.; and, though applied to a
            great variety of objects, the word has still a very
            definite sense, denoting a high degree of
            characteristic excellence.
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