Associations to the word «Delicate»


DELICATE, adjective. Easily damaged or requiring careful handling.
DELICATE, adjective. Characterized by a fine structure or thin lines.
DELICATE, adjective. Intended for use with fragile items.
DELICATE, adjective. Refined; gentle; scrupulous not to trespass or offend; considerate; said of manners, conduct, or feelings.
DELICATE, adjective. Of weak health; easily sick; unable to endure hardship.
DELICATE, adjective. (informal) Unwell, especially because of having drunk too much alcohol.
DELICATE, adjective. (obsolete) Addicted to pleasure; luxurious; voluptuous; alluring.
DELICATE, adjective. Pleasing to the senses; refined; adapted to please an elegant or cultivated taste.
DELICATE, adjective. Slight and shapely; lovely; graceful.
DELICATE, adjective. Light, or softly tinted; said of a colour.
DELICATE, adjective. Of exacting tastes and habits; dainty; fastidious.
DELICATE, adjective. Highly discriminating or perceptive; refinedly critical; sensitive; exquisite.
DELICATE, adjective. Affected by slight causes; showing slight changes.
DELICATE, noun. A delicate item of clothing, especially underwear or lingerie.
DELICATE, noun. (obsolete) A choice dainty; a delicacy.
DELICATE, noun. (obsolete) A delicate, luxurious, or effeminate person.

Dictionary definition

DELICATE, adjective. Exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury; "a delicate violin passage"; "delicate china"; "a delicate flavor"; "the delicate wing of a butterfly".
DELICATE, adjective. Marked by great skill especially in meticulous technique; "a surgeon's delicate touch".
DELICATE, adjective. Easily broken or damaged or destroyed; "a kite too delicate to fly safely"; "fragile porcelain plates"; "fragile old bones"; "a frail craft".
DELICATE, adjective. Easily hurt; "soft hands"; "a baby's delicate skin".
DELICATE, adjective. Developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety; "the satire touches with finespun ridicule every kind of human pretense".
DELICATE, adjective. Difficult to handle; requiring great tact; "delicate negotiations with the big powers";"hesitates to be explicit on so ticklish a matter"; "a touchy subject".
DELICATE, adjective. Of an instrument or device; capable of registering minute differences or changes precisely; "almost undetectable with even the most delicate instruments".

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