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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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FI'NING, participle present tense [See Fine, the verb.]

1. Clarifying; refining; purifying; defecating; separating from extraneous matter.

2. [See Fine, the noun.] Imposing a fine or pecuniary penalty.

First Occurrence in the Bible(KJV): Proverbs 17:3