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Delicate meaning

delicate - 16 dictionary results

  1. 1. Addicted to pleasure; luxurious; voluptuous; alluring.
  2. 2. Pleasing to the senses; refinedly agreeable; hence, adapted to please a nice or cultivated taste; nice; fine; elegant; as, a delicate dish; delicate flavor.
  3. 3. Requiring careful handling; not to be rudely or hastily dealt with; nice; critical; as, a delicate subject or question.
  4. 4. Of exacting tastes and habits; dainty; fastidious.
  5. 5. Nicely discriminating or perceptive; refinedly critical; sensitive; exquisite; as, a delicate taste; a delicate ear for music.
  6. 6. Affected by slight causes; showing slight changes; as, a delicate thermometer.
  7. 7. A choice dainty; a delicacy.
  8. 8. A delicate, luxurious, or effeminate person.
  9. 9. Slight and shapely; lovely; graceful; as, a delicate creature.
  10. 10. Fine or slender; minute; not coarse; - said of a thread, or the like; as, delicate cotton.
  11. 11. Slight or smooth; light and yielding; - said of texture; as, delicate lace or silk.
  12. 12. Soft and fair; - said of the skin or a surface; as, a delicate cheek; a delicate complexion.
  13. 13. Light, or softly tinted; - said of a color; as, a delicate blue.
  14. 14. Refined; gentle; scrupulous not to trespass or offend; considerate; - said of manners, conduct, or feelings; as, delicate behavior; delicate attentions; delicate thoughtfulness.
  15. 15. Tender; not able to endure hardship; feeble; frail; effeminate; - said of constitution, health, etc.; as, a delicate child; delicate health.
  16. 16. Pleasing to the senses; dainty; refined; finely wrought; frail; requiring nice handling.

delicate - examples of usage

  1. However, it is such a delicate matter that I would rather not enter further into it. - "Second Shetland Truck System Report", William Guthrie.
  2. " I hope Mrs. Dryfoos is as well as usual," said March, finding the ground delicate and difficult. - "A Hazard of New Fortunes, Part Fifth", William Dean Howells.
  3. " I understand it's a delicate thing; and I'm not askin' you to do it. - "A Hazard of New Fortunes, Part Fifth", William Dean Howells.
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