Definitions for delicate

Definitions for (adj) delicate

Main entry: delicate

Definition: exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury

Usage: a delicate violin passage; delicate china; a delicate flavor; the delicate wing of a butterfly

Main entry: delicate, fragile, frail

Definition: easily broken or damaged or destroyed

Usage: a kite too delicate to fly safely; fragile porcelain plates; fragile old bones; a frail craft

Main entry: delicate, touchy, ticklish

Definition: difficult to handle; requiring great tact

Usage: delicate negotiations with the big powers; hesitates to be explicit on so ticklish a matter; a touchy subject

Main entry: delicate, finespun

Definition: developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety

Usage: the satire touches with finespun ridicule every kind of human pretense

Main entry: delicate

Definition: of an instrument or device; capable of registering minute differences or changes precisely

Usage: almost undetectable with even the most delicate instruments

Main entry: delicate

Definition: marked by great skill especially in meticulous technique

Usage: a surgeon's delicate touch

Main entry: soft, delicate

Definition: easily hurt

Usage: soft hands; a baby's delicate skin

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