HyperDic: delicate

English > 7 senses of the word delicate:
ADJECTIVEalldelicateexquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing
alldelicatemarked by great skill especially in meticulous technique
alldelicate, fragile, fraileasily broken or damaged or destroyed
alldelicate, softeasily hurt
alldelicate, finespundeveloped with extreme / extreme delicacy and subtlety
alldelicate, ticklish, touchydifficult to handle
alldelicateof an instrument or device
delicate > pronunciation
Soundsdeh'lahkaht
Rhymesabbot ... zealot / Zealot: 372 rhymes with aht...
English > delicate: 7 senses > adjective 1
Meaningexquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury.
Examples
  • "a delicate violin passage"
  • "delicate china"
  • "a delicate flavor"
  • "the delicate wing of a butterfly"
Attribute ofstrengthThe property of being physically or mentally strong
Narrowerdainty, exquisitedelicately beautiful
ethereal, gossamerCharacterized by unusual lightness and delicacy
fragilevulnerably delicate
light-handedHaving a metaphorically delicate touch
overdelicateExtremely delicate
pastellacking in body or vigor
tender(of plants) not hardy
See alsobreakablecapable of being broken or damaged
frailphysically weak
weakWanting in physical strength
Oppositeruggedsturdy / sturdy and strong in constitution or construction
Spanishdelicado
Catalandelicat
Adverbsdelicatelyin a delicate manner
English > delicate: 7 senses > adjective 2
Meaningmarked by great skill especially in meticulous technique.
Example"a surgeon's delicate touch"
BroaderskilledHaving or showing or requiring special skill
Spanishdelicado, finísimo, fino
Catalandelicat, fi, finíssim
English > delicate: 7 senses > adjective 3
Meaningeasily broken or damaged or destroyed.
Example"a kite too delicate to fly safely"
Synonymsfragile, frail
Broaderbreakablecapable of being broken or damaged
Spanishdelicado, frágil, quebradizo
Catalandelicat, fràgil, trencadís
English > delicate: 7 senses > adjective 4
Meaningeasily hurt.
Example "a baby's delicate skin"
Synonymsoft
Broadertender, untoughenedphysically untoughened
Spanishdelicado, mórbido
Catalandelicat, mòrbid
English > delicate: 7 senses > adjective 5
MeaningDeveloped with extreme / extreme delicacy and subtlety.
Synonymfinespun
Broaderrefined(used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel
Spanishdelicado
English > delicate: 7 senses > adjective 6
MeaningDifficult to handle; requiring great tact.
Example"delicate negotiations with the big powers"
Synonymsticklish, touchy
Broaderdifficult, hardnot easy
Spanishcosquilloso, delicado
Catalandelicat
English > delicate: 7 senses > adjective 7
MeaningOf an instrument or device; capable of registering minute differences or changes precisely.
Example"almost undetectable with even the most delicate instruments"
BroadersensitiveResponsive to physical stimuli
Spanishdelicado

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