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A descriptive term used for wood, leather, or photographs to imply that the grain or texture is imperceptible or indistinct. Examples of fine-grain minerals include dust and powder.

Synonyms and Related Terms

fine-grain (adj.); fine grain (when grain is the noun); fine-grained; close grain; dense grain; à grain fin (Fr.); grão fino (Port.); tessitura fine (It.)

Resources and Citations

  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996 Comment: fine-grained
  • R. Bruce Hoadley, Identifying Wood, The Taunton Press, Newton, CT, 1990 Comment: fine grain

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