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Very small particles or fibers. In plastics, fines produced by cutting and sawing may be hazardous if inhaled. In paper production, fines are very short, undesirable fibers that do not add to the strength of the paper.

Synonyms and Related Terms

flour; dust


Inhalation of dust may be hazardous.

Resources and Citations

  • Theodore J. Reinhart, 'Glossary of Terms', Engineered Plastics, ASM International, 1988
  • Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Dictionary of Fiber & Textile Technology (older version called Man-made Fiber and Textile Dictionary, 1965), Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Charlotte NC, 1990
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982

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