Syn. Finical, Spruce, Foppish. 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.
Fin"i*cal*ly, adv. Fin"i*cal*ness, n.
(Fin`i*cal"i*ty) n. The quality of being finical; finicalness.
(Fin"ick*ing Fin"ick*y), a. Finical; unduly particular. [Colloq.]
(Fi*nif"ic) n. [L. finis end + facere to make.] A limiting element or quality. [R.]
The essential finific in the form of the finite.Coleridge.
(Fin"i*fy) v. t. [Fine, a. + -fy.] To make fine; to dress finically. [Obs.]
Hath so pared and finified them [his feet.]B. Jonson.
(Fin"i*kin) a. [Fine, a. + -kin.] Precise in trifles; idly busy. [Colloq.] Smart.
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.
Fining pot, a vessel in which metals are refined. Prov. xvii. 3.
(||Fi"nis) n. [L.] An end; conclusion. It is often placed at the end of a book.
(Fin"ish) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Finished ; p. pr. & vb. n. Finishing.] [F. finir (with a stem finiss-
in several forms, whence E. -ish: see -ish.),fr. L. finire to limit, finish, end, fr. finis boundary, limit, end; perh.
for fidnis, and akin findere to cleave, E. 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 finishedMilton.
A life heroic.
2. To bestow the last required labor upon; to complete; to bestow the utmost possible labor upon; to perfect; to
accomplish; to polish.
Syn. To end; terminate; close; conclude; complete; accomplish; perfect.
(Fin"ish), v. i.
1. To come to an end; to terminate.
His days may finish ere that hapless time.Shak.