Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Fin-footed adjective (Zoology) (a) Having palmate feet. (b) Having lobate toes, as the coot and grebe.
[ From Fine
] 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.
» The fineness of United States coin is nine tenths, that of English gold coin is eleven twelfths, and that of English silver coin is &frac925x1000;. 4. Keenness or sharpness; as, the fineness of a needle's point, or of the edge of a blade.
Finer noun One who fines or purifies.
Finery noun 1. Fineness; beauty.
Don't choose your place of study by the finery of the prospects. I. Watts. 2. Ornament; decoration; especially, excecially decoration; showy clothes; jewels.
Her mistress' cast-off finery . F. W. Robertson. 3.
[ Confer Refinery
.] (Iron Works) A charcoal hearth or furnace for the conversion of cast iron into wrought iron, or into iron suitable for puddling.
Finespun adjective Spun so as to be fine; drawn to a fine thread; attenuated; hence, unsubstantial; visionary; as, finespun theories.
[ French, from fin
fine. See Fine
] 1. Subtilty of contrivance to gain a point; artifice; stratagem.
This is the artificialest piece of finesse to persuade men into slavery. Milton. 2. (Whist Playing) The act of finessing. See Finesse , intransitive verb , 2.
Finesse intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Finessed
; present participle & verbal noun Finessing
.] 1. To use artifice or stratagem. Goldsmith. 2. (Whist Playing) To attempt, when second or third player, to make a lower card answer the purpose of a higher, when an intermediate card is out, risking the chance of its being held by the opponent yet to play.
Finestill transitive verb To distill, as spirit from molasses or some saccharine preparation.
Finestiller noun One who finestills.
[ See Fenowed
Finfish noun (Zoology) (a) A finback whale. (b) ( plural ) True fish, as distinguished from shellfish.
Finfoot noun (Zoology) A South American bird ( Heliornis fulica ) allied to the grebes. The name is also applied to several related species of the genus Podica .
[ Anglo-Saxon finger
; akin to Dutch vinger
, Old Saxon & Old High German fingar
, German finger
, Icelandic fingr
, Swedish & Danish finger
, Goth. figgrs
; of unknown origin; perhaps akin to English fang
.] 1. One of the five terminating members of the hand; a digit; esp., one of the four extremities of the hand, other than the thumb. 2. Anything that does the work of a finger; as, the pointer of a clock, watch, or other registering machine; especially (Mech.) a small projecting rod, wire, or piece, which is brought into contact with an object to effect, direct, or restrain a motion. 3. The breadth of a finger, or the fourth part of the hand; a measure of nearly an inch; also, the length of finger, a measure in domestic use in the United States, of about four and a half inches or one eighth of a yard.
A piece of steel three fingers thick. Bp. Wilkins. 4. Skill in the use of the fingers, as in playing upon a musical instrument.
She has a good finger . Busby. Ear finger
, the little finger.
-- Finger alphabet
. See Dactylology .
- - Finger bar
, the horizontal bar, carrying slotted spikes, or fingers, through which the vibratory knives of mowing and reaping machines play.
-- Finger board (Mus.)
, the part of a stringed instrument against which the fingers press the strings to vary the tone; the keyboard of a piano, organ, etc.; manual.
-- Finger bowl or glass
, a bowl or glass to hold water for rinsing the fingers at table.
-- Finger flower (Botany)
, the foxglove.
-- Finger grass (Botany)
, a kind of grass ( Panicum sanguinale ) with slender radiating spikes; common crab grass. See Crab grass , under Crab .
-- Finger nut
, a fly nut or thumb nut.
-- Finger plate
, a strip of metal, glass, etc., to protect a painted or polished door from finger marks.
-- Finger post
, a guide post bearing an index finger.
-- Finger reading
, reading printed in relief so as to be sensible to the touch; -- so made for the blind.
-- Finger shell (Zoology)
, a marine shell ( Pholas dactylus ) resembling a finger in form.
-- Finger sponge (Zoology)
, a sponge having finger-shaped lobes, or branches.
-- Finger stall
, a cover or shield for a finger.
-- Finger steel
, a steel instrument for whetting a currier's knife. To burn one's fingers
. See under Burn .
-- To have a finger in
, to be concerned in.
[ Colloq.] -- To have at one's fingers' ends
, to be thoroughly familiar with.
Finger transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Fingered
; present participle & verbal noun Fingering
.] 1. To touch with the fingers; to handle; to meddle with.
Let the papers lie; Shak. 2. To touch lightly; to toy with. 3. (Mus.) (a) To perform on an instrument of music. (b) To mark the notes of (a piece of music) so as to guide the fingers in playing. 4. To take thievishly; to pilfer; to purloin. Shak. 5. To execute, as any delicate work.
You would be fingering them to anger me.
Finger intransitive verb (Mus.) To use the fingers in playing on an instrument. Busby.
1. Having fingers. 2. (Botany) Having leaflets like fingers; digitate. 3. (Mus.) Marked with figures designating which finger should be used for each note.
Fingerer noun One who fingers; a pilferer.
Fingering noun 1. The act or process of handling or touching with the fingers.
The mere sight and fingering of money. Grew. 2. The manner of using the fingers in playing or striking the keys of an instrument of music; movement or management of the fingers in playing on a musical instrument, in typewriting, etc. 3. The marking of the notes of a piece of music to guide or regulate the action or use of the fingers. 4. Delicate work made with the fingers. Spenser.
.] (Zoology) A young salmon. See Parr .
Fingle-fangle noun [ From fangle .] A trifle. [ Low] Hudibras.
; plural Fingrigos
. [ So called in Jamaica.] (Botany) A prickly, climbing shrub of the genus Pisonia . The fruit is a kind of berry.
[ Latin finire
to finish, end. See Finish
.] (Architecture) The knot or bunch of foliage, or foliated ornament, that forms the upper extremity of a pinnacle in Gothic architecture; sometimes, the pinnacle itself.
[ From Fine
] Affectedly fine; overnice; unduly particular; fastidious.
The gross style consists in giving no detail, the finical in giving nothing else. Hazlitt. Syn.
. These words are applied to persons who are studiously desirous to cultivate finery of appearance. One who is spruce
is elaborately nice in dress; one who is finical
shows his affectation in language and manner as well as in dress; one who is foppish
distinguishes himself by going to the extreme of the fashion in the cut of his clothes, by the tawdriness of his ornaments, and by the ostentation of his manner. "A finical
gentleman clips his words and screws his body into as small a compass as possible, to give himself the air of a delicate person; a spruce
gentleman strives not to have a fold wrong in his frill or cravat, nor a hair of his head to lie amiss; a foppish
gentleman seeks . . . to render himself distinguished for finery." Crabb.
Finicality noun The quality of being finical; finicalness.
Finicking, Finicky adjective Finical; unduly particular. [ Colloq.]
[ Latin finis
end + facere
to make.] A limiting element or quality.
The essential finific in the form of the finite. Coleridge.
Finify transitive verb
.] To make fine; to dress finically.
Hath so pared and finified them [ his feet.] B. Jonson.
Finikin adjective [ Fine , adjective + -kin .] Precise in trifles; idly busy. [ Colloq.] Smart.
Fining noun Fining pot , a vessel in which metals are refined. Prov. xvii. 3.
1. The act of imposing a fin.... 2. The process of fining or refining; clarification; also (Metal.) , the conversion of cast iron into suitable for puddling, in a hearth or charcoal fire. 3. That which is used to refine; especially, a preparation of isinglass, gelatin, etc., for clarifying beer.
Finis noun [ Latin ] An end; conclusion. It is often placed at the end of a book.
Finish transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Finished
; present participle & verbal noun Finishing
.] [ French finir
(with a stem finiss-
in several forms, whence English -ish
: see -ish
.),fr. Latin finire
to limit, finish, end, from finis
boundary, limit, end; perhaps for fidnis
, and akin findere
to cleave, English fissure
.] 1. To arrive at the end of; to bring to an end; to put an end to; to make an end of; to terminate.
And heroically hath finished Milton. 2. To bestow the last required labor upon; to complete; to bestow the utmost possible labor upon; to perfect; to accomplish; to polish. Syn.
A life heroic.
-- To end; terminate; close; conclude; complete; accomplish; perfect.
Finish intransitive verb 1. To come to an end; to terminate.
His days may finish ere that hapless time. Shak. 2. To end; to die.
[ R.] Shak.
Finish noun 1. That which finishes, puts an end to... or perfects. 2. (Architecture) The joiner work and other finer work required for the completion of a building, especially of the interior. See Inside finish , and Outside finish . 3. (Fine Arts) (a) The labor required to give final completion to any work; hence, minute detail, careful elaboration, or the like. (b) See Finishing coat , under Finishing . 4. The result of completed labor, as on the surface of an object; manner or style of finishing; as, a rough, dead, or glossy finish given to cloth, stone, metal, etc. 5. Completion; -- opposed to start , or beginning .
Finished adjective Polished to the highest degree of excellence; complete; perfect; as, a finished poem; a finished education. Finished work (Machinery) , work that is made smooth or polished, though not necessarily completed.
Finisher noun 1. One who finishes, puts an end to, completes, or perfects; esp. used in the trades, as in hatting, weaving, etc., for the workman who gives a finishing touch to the work, or any part of it, and brings it to perfection.
O prophet of glad tidings, finisher Milton. 2. Something that gives the finishing touch to, or settles, anything.
Of utmost hope!
Finishing noun The act or process of completing or perfecting; the final work upon or ornamentation of a thing.
Finishing adjective Tending to complete or to render fit for the market or for use. Finishing coat . (a) (Plastering) the final coat of plastering applied to walls and ceilings, usually white and rubbed smooth. (b) (Painting) The final coat of paint, usually differently mixed applied from the others. -- Finishing press , a machine for pressing fabrics. -- Finishing rolls (Iron Working) , the rolls of a train which receive the bar from roughing rolls, and reduce it to its finished shape. Raymond.
[ Latin finitus
, past participle of finire
. See Finish
, and confer Fine
] Having a limit; limited in quantity, degree, or capacity; bounded; -- opposed to infinite ; as, finite number; finite existence; a finite being; a finite mind; finite duration.
Finiteless adjective Infinite. [ Obsolete] Sir T. browne.
Finitely adverb In a finite manner or degree.
Finiteness noun The state of being finite.
[ Latin finire
. See Finish
.] Limitation. Cheyne.
Finjan noun [ Also fingan , findjan , fingian , etc.] [ Arabic finjān .] In the Levant, a small coffee cup without a handle, such as is held in a cup or stand called a zarf .
Finlander noun A native or inhabitant of Finland.
Finless adjective (Zoology) destitute of fins.
Finlet noun [ Fin + - let .] A little fin; one of the parts of a divided fin.
Finlike adjective Resembling a fin.
Finn adjective A native of Finland; one of the Finn... in the ethnological sense. See Finns .
[ See Haddock
.] Haddock cured in peat smoke, originally at Findon (pron. fĭn" a n), Scotland. the name is also applied to other kinds of smoked haddock.
[ Written also finnan haddock
Finned adjective Having a fin, or fins, or anything resembling a fin. Mortimer.