Definition of fine-grained in US English:



  • 1(chiefly of wood) having a fine or delicate arrangement of fibers.

    • ‘Cherry wood is chosen because it is fine-grained and yet soft enough to allow the cutting.’
    • ‘These veneers come from southern European olive trees, which yield a dense, fine-grained wood that is tan in color and marked with dark brown and black pigment lines.’
    • ‘That cold spell, which afflicted Europe in the years leading up to Stradivari's time, would have produced a uniquely fine-grained wood, he said.’
    • ‘Local art shops sell a range of items, from mass-produced woodcarvings to high-quality, handmade items made by recognized masters in fine-grained ebony, jackfruit or sandalwood.’
    • ‘Over 100 longbows were found all made from fine-grained yew.’
    • ‘But as high-quality fine-grained wood becomes increasingly expensive, fibreboard is playing a more visible role in interior design.’
    • ‘The wood is fine-grained, dense and, because of its natural color, sets off the blued parts nicely.’
    powdery, dusty, chalky, floury, powdered, ground, granulated, crushed, pulverized
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    1. 1.1 (chiefly of rock) consisting of small particles.
      • ‘In the cuts, fine-grained layers were found, obviously brought to the sea with rivers, whose sources were situated in temperate latitudes.’
      • ‘Hard, fine-grained stone was the material most suitable for flaking.’
      • ‘This hard, dense, and fine-grained rock is durable, stain-resistant, and slip-resistant when wet.’
      • ‘Along the vein wall, adjacent to the country rock, are fine-grained quartz, feldspar, and chlorite.’
      • ‘The harsh winter bombardments from ice and sand particles in fierce storms, and from the freezing and thawing action of ice, quickly break up layers of fine-grained rock.’
      • ‘The most resistant rocks are quartzite and quartz-rich sandstones, and tough fine-grained rocks such as slate.’
      • ‘In one drift there was an ore car from which we could take samples of pale gray, fine-grained rock with traces of disseminated purple fluorite, not very exciting for my son, who wanted to see real gold.’
      • ‘Also early Khmer statues were generally worked out from a single block of fine-grained sandstone and to ensure the stability of these thin, multi-armed figures, the artisans left elements of the block uncarved to serve as support.’
      • ‘This member grades upwards into greenish mudstones and greenish-yellow, fine-grained sandstones of the overlying Cuarcitas Azules Member.’
      • ‘Slate is a dense, porous, fine-grained rock that has a natural, generally gray-green color.’
      • ‘They build up on sheltered exposures of fine-grained, porous pyrite-bearing rocks, such as shale or bituminous coal, after long dry spells.’
      • ‘The sculptures translated the drawings' ambiguous ‘pods’ into smooth lumps of the fine-grained concrete that is one of Westerlund Roosen's preferred mediums.’
      • ‘The fine-grained sediments that encased the ancient reptiles also preserved evidence of the creatures' stomach contents, giving paleontologists insight into the creatures' diet.’
      • ‘There are rare cross-sections of columnals in hard, dark, fine-grained limestones which crop out along the south shore.’
      • ‘But even as the surface becomes parched and hardened, groundwater - along with its dissolved salt - continues to be drawn upward through the fine-grained soil by capillary action.’
      fine, dry, powder-like, dusty, chalky, floury, mealy, sandy, crumbly, friable, granulated, granular
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    2. 1.2 Involving great attention to detail.
      ‘fine-grained analysis’
      • ‘If this is the case, then a proper investigation of emerging ecological attitudes and motivation in children and their parents should be longitudinal to allow for a more fine-grained analysis of the time-course of change.’
      • ‘To achieve this fine-grained control, detailed, real-time, asynchronous messages are sent back and forth.’
      • ‘The merits of the essays on such fine-grained details are inversely proportional to their scope.’
      • ‘The information is calibrated in fine-grained detail at localised levels; it is reliable and can be protected.’
      • ‘At a sufficiently fine-grained level of analysis, it could well turn out that every unit in a language has a distinct distribution with respect to the constructions in which it can occur.’
      • ‘With acceptance, new constructive principles appear, supplementing pure logical deduction from fine-grained analysis as irreducible explanations of observed phenomena.’
      • ‘The analysis, although comparatively fine-grained, is not sufficient to generalize the conclusion to future years.’
      • ‘But I think that it will still take the clinician's sensitivity and fine-grained analysis of what works in the consulting room to put words to personal experience and reach new ways of helping people.’
      • ‘Future analyses of international Web strategies should deploy a more fine-grained approach.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, the price of progress is clear, well-articulated, fine-grained, conceptual analysis of these kinds.’
      • ‘My historical analysis does not attempt to correlate fine-grained historical changes with the popularization of foot-binding.’
      • ‘Of course, I soon chastised myself for trying to jump from statements about human universals to an analysis of the fine-grained sequences of behaviour that constituted my marriage.’