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Fining, Fyning, vbl. n. Also: fynyne, fynning, fein-, feyning. [e.m.E. fining, fynyng (1502), f. Fine v.2]

1 Refining. Also attrib. with furnace, staff. 1394 Liber Aberbr. 43.
Willam sal haf … for ilk stane fynyne that he fynys of lede iij d.
1513 Treas. Acc. IV. 511.
Claith in the pouder myll for fynyng of the pouder
1609 Hilderstoun Silver Mines I. 165 b.
Tuenty loadis of blea stanes to the fynning furnaces
Ib. 170.
For mending of ane fynning stalf of irne

2. Fining quhele, a spinning wheel for drawing a fine woollen yarn. Fining comb, -kayme, one for combing long-stapled wool. Also fining stuile. 1628 Edinb. Test. LIV. 241 b.
Tua lynt quheillis with ane woll quheill, and ane small feyning quheill
Ib. 243.
Ane small fyning quheill
1675 Bk. Old Edinb. C. VI. 129.
Ane spining wheill, ane fyning wheill, ane old lint wheill
1624 Edinb. B. Rec. VI. 259.
Tua pair fynning kaymes
1685 Soc. Ant. LVIII. 362.
3 pair of oull fyning combs
1624 Edinb. B. Rec. VI. 259.
Thrie fynning stuiles

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