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Delicate Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    delicate adj
  1. exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury; "a delicate violin passage"; "delicate china"; "a delicate flavor"; "the delicate wing of a butterfly" [ant: rugged]
  2. marked by great skill especially in meticulous technique; "a surgeon's delicate touch"
  3. easily broken or damaged or destroyed; "a kite too delicate to fly safely"; "fragile porcelain plates"; "fragile old bones"; "a frail craft" [syn: fragile, frail]
  4. easily hurt; "soft hands"; "a baby's delicate skin" [syn: soft]
  5. developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety; "the satire touches with finespun ridicule every kind of human pretense" [syn: finespun]
  6. difficult to handle; requiring great tact; "delicate negotiations with the big powers"; "hesitates to be explicit on so ticklish a matter" [syn: ticklish]
  7. of an instrument or device; capable of registering minute differences or changes precisely; "almost undetectable with even the most delicate instruments"
Delicate Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Delicate \Del"i*cate\, a. [L. delicatus pleasing the senses, voluptuous, soft and tender; akin to deliciae delight: cf. F. d['e]licat. See Delight.]
  1. Addicted to pleasure; luxurious; voluptuous; alluring. [R.] Dives, for his delicate life, to the devil went. --Piers Plowman. Haarlem is a very delicate town. --Evelyn.
  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. Slight and shapely; lovely; graceful; as, ``a delicate creature.'' --Shak.
  4. Fine or slender; minute; not coarse; -- said of a thread, or the like; as, delicate cotton.
  5. Slight or smooth; light and yielding; -- said of texture; as, delicate lace or silk.
  6. Soft and fair; -- said of the skin or a surface; as, a delicate cheek; a delicate complexion.
  7. Light, or softly tinted; -- said of a color; as, a delicate blue.
  8. Refined; gentle; scrupulous not to trespass or offend; considerate; -- said of manners, conduct, or feelings; as, delicate behavior; delicate attentions; delicate thoughtfulness.
  9. Tender; not able to endure hardship; feeble; frail; effeminate; -- said of constitution, health, etc.; as, a
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  • Delicate (song): "Delicate" is a song by Terence Trent D'Arby featuring Des'ree , released as a single in 1993. The song was written, arranged and ...
  • Delicate (Martha & the Muffins album): Delicate is the eighth studio album from Canadian New Wave band, Martha & The Muffins and was produced by David Bottrill . The first ...
  • Delicate Arch: Delicate Arch is a 52 | ft | m | abbr on tall freestanding natural arch located in Arches National Park near Moab , Utah . ...
  • A Delicate Balance: A Delicate Balance may refer to: A Delicate Balance (play), by Edward Albee. A Delicate Balance (film), an adaptation directed by Tony ...
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  • A Delicate Balance (play): A Delicate Balance is a play by Edward Albee . It premiered in 1966 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1967, the first of three he ...
  • The Delicates: The Delicates were a three-girl singing group from Belleville, New Jersey , USA. The group's members were Denise Ferri, Arleen Lanzotti ...

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* The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling. Yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly. - Henry David Thoreau

* It is in fact nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry for what this delicate little plant needs more than anything, besides stimulation, is freedom. It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty. - Albert Einstein

* That family glaze of common references, jokes, events, calamities-that sense of a family being like a kitchen midden layer upon layer of the things daily life is made of. The edifice that lovers build is by comparison delicate and one-dimensional. - Laurie E. Colwin


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