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NICE, a. [G. To eat dainties or sweetmeats]

1. Properly, soft; whence, delicate; tender; dainty; sweet or very pleasant to the taste; as a nice bit; nice food.

2. Delicate; fine; applied to texture, composition or color; as cloth of a nice texture; nice tints of color.

3. Accurate; exact; precise; as nice proportions; nice symmetry; nice workmanship; nice rules.

4. Requiring scrupulous exactness; as a nice point.

5. Perceiving the smallest difference; distinguishing accurately and minutely by perception; as a person of nice taste; hence,

6. Perceiving accurately the smallest faults, errors or irregularities; distinguishing and judging with exactness; as a nice judge of a subject; nice discernment.

Our author happy in a judge so nice.

7. Over scrupulous or exact.

Curious, not knowing; not exact, but nice.

8. Delicate; scrupulously and minutely cautious.

The letter was not nice, but full of charge of dear import.

Dear love, continue nice and chaste.

9. Fastidious; squeamish.

And to taste, think not I shall be nice.

10. Delicate; easily injured.

How nice the reputation of the maid!

11. Refined; as nice and subtle happiness.

12. Having lucky hits. [Not used.]

13. Weak; foolish; effeminate.

14. Trivial; unimportant.

To make nice, to be scrupulous.



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NICE, a. [G. To eat dainties or sweetmeats]

1. Properly, soft; whence, delicate; tender; dainty; sweet or very pleasant to the taste; as a nice bit; nice food.

2. Delicate; fine; applied to texture, composition or color; as cloth of a nice texture; nice tints of color.

3. Accurate; exact; precise; as nice proportions; nice symmetry; nice workmanship; nice rules.

4. Requiring scrupulous exactness; as a nice point.

5. Perceiving the smallest difference; distinguishing accurately and minutely by perception; as a person of nice taste; hence,

6. Perceiving accurately the smallest faults, errors or irregularities; distinguishing and judging with exactness; as a nice judge of a subject; nice discernment.

Our author happy in a judge so nice.

7. Over scrupulous or exact.

Curious, not knowing; not exact, but nice.

8. Delicate; scrupulously and minutely cautious.

The letter was not nice, but full of charge of dear import.

Dear love, continue nice and chaste.

9. Fastidious; squeamish.

And to taste, think not I shall be nice.

10. Delicate; easily injured.

How nice the reputation of the maid!

11. Refined; as nice and subtle happiness.

12. Having lucky hits. [Not used.]

13. Weak; foolish; effeminate.

14. Trivial; unimportant.

To make nice, to be scrupulous.

NICE, a. [Sax. nesc or hnesc; D. nesch, soft, tender; G. naschen, to eat dainties or sweetmeats; Dan. knæs, dainties.]

  1. Properly, soft; whence, delicate; tender; dainty; sweet, or very pleasant to the taste; as, a nice bit; nice food.
  2. Delicate; fine; applied to torture, composition or color; as, cloth of a nice texture; nice tints of color.
  3. Accurate; exact; precise; as, nice proportions; nice symmetry; nice workmanship; nice rules.
  4. Requiring scrupulous exactness; as, a nice point.
  5. Perceiving the smallest difference; distinguishing accurately and minutely by perception; as, a person of nice taste; hence,
  6. Perceiving accurately the smallest faults, errors or irregularities; distinguishing and judging with exactness; as, a nice judge of a subject; a nice discernment. Our author happy in a judge so nice. Pope.
  7. Over scrupulous or exact, Curious, not knowing; not exact, but nice. Pope:
  8. Delicate; scrupulously and minutely cautious. The letter was not nice, but full of charge Of dear import. Shak. Dear love, continue nice and chaste. Donne.
  9. Fastidious; squeamish. And to taste / Think not I shall be nice.
  10. Delicate; easily injured. How nice the reputation of the maid! Roscommon.
  11. Refined; as, nice and subtle happiness. Milton.
  12. Having lucky hits. [Not used.] Shak.
  13. Weak; foolish; effeminate. [Obs.] Gower.
  14. Trivial; unimportant. Shak. To make nice, to be scrupulous. Shak.

Nice
  1. Foolish; silly; simple; ignorant; also, weak; effeminate.

    [Obs.] Gower.

    But say that we ben wise and nothing nice. Chaucer.

  2. Of trifling moment; unimportant; trivial.

    [Obs.]

    The letter was not nice, but full of charge
    Of dear import.
    Shak.

  3. Overscrupulous or exacting; hard to please or satisfy; fastidious in small matters.

    Curious not knowing, not exact but nice. Pope.

    And to taste
    Think not I shall be nice.
    Milton.

  4. Delicate; refined; dainty; pure.

    Dear love, continue nice and chaste. Donne.

    A nice and subtile happiness. Milton.

  5. Apprehending slight differences or delicate distinctions; distinguishing accurately or minutely; carefully discriminating; as, a nice taste or judgment.

    "Our author happy in a judge so nice." Pope. "Nice verbal criticism." Coleridge.
  6. Done or made with careful labor; suited to excite admiration on account of exactness; evidencing great skill; exact; fine; finished; as, nice proportions, nice workmanship, a nice application; exactly or fastidiously discriminated; requiring close discrimination; as, a nice point of law, a nice distinction in philosophy.

    The difference is too nice
    Where ends the virtue, or begins the vice.
    Pope.

  7. Pleasing; agreeable; gratifying; delightful; good; as, a nice party; a nice excursion; a nice person; a nice day; a nice sauce, etc.

    [Loosely *** Colloquially]

    To make nice of, to be scrupulous about. [Obs.] Shak.

    Syn. -- Dainty] delicate; exquisite; fine; accurate; exact; correct; precise; particular; scrupulous; punctilious; fastidious; squeamish; finical; effeminate; silly.

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Nice

NICE, adjective [G. To eat dainties or sweetmeats]

1. Properly, soft; whence, delicate; tender; dainty; sweet or very pleasant to the taste; as a nice bit; nice food.

2. Delicate; fine; applied to texture, composition or color; as cloth of a nice texture; nice tints of color.

3. Accurate; exact; precise; as nice proportions; nice symmetry; nice workmanship; nice rules.

4. Requiring scrupulous exactness; as a nice point.

5. Perceiving the smallest difference; distinguishing accurately and minutely by perception; as a person of nice taste; hence,

6. Perceiving accurately the smallest faults, errors or irregularities; distinguishing and judging with exactness; as a nice judge of a subject; nice discernment.

Our author happy in a judge so nice

7. Over scrupulous or exact.

Curious, not knowing; not exact, but nice

8. Delicate; scrupulously and minutely cautious.

The letter was not nice but full of charge of dear import.

Dear love, continue nice and chaste.

9. Fastidious; squeamish.

And to taste, think not I shall be nice

10. Delicate; easily injured.

How nice the reputation of the maid!

11. Refined; as nice and subtle happiness.

12. Having lucky hits. [Not used.]

13. Weak; foolish; effeminate.

14. Trivial; unimportant.

To make nice to be scrupulous.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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