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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Delicate \Del"i*cate\, noun

1. A choice dainty; a delicacy. [R.]

With abstinence all delicates he sees. --Dryden.

2. A delicate, luxurious, or effeminate person.

All the vessels, then, which our delicates have, -- those I mean that would seem to be more fine in their houses than their neighbors, -- are only of the Corinth metal. --Holland.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Delicate \Del"i*cate\, adjective [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 delicate child; delicate health.

A delicate and tender prince. --Shak.

10. Requiring careful handling; not to be rudely or hastily dealt with; nice; critical; as, a delicate subject or question.

There are some things too delicate and too sacred to be handled rudely without injury to truth. --F. W. Robertson.

11. Of exacting tastes and habits; dainty; fastidious.

12. Nicely discriminating or perceptive; refinedly critical; sensitive; exquisite; as, a delicate taste; a delicate ear for music.

13. Affected by slight causes; showing slight changes; as, a delicate thermometer.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

delicate

adjective

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: {delicate}, {fragile}, {frail}]

4: easily hurt; "soft hands"; "a baby's delicate skin" [syn: {delicate}, {soft}]

5: developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety; "the satire touches with finespun ridicule every kind of human pretense" [syn: {finespun}, {delicate}]

6: difficult to handle; requiring great tact; "delicate negotiations with the big powers";"hesitates to be explicit on so ticklish a matter"; "a touchy subject" [syn: {delicate}, {ticklish}, {touchy}]

7: 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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