n. & v.
n. 1 a sum of money exacted as a penalty. 2 hist. a sum of money paid by an incoming tenant in return for the rent's being small.
v.tr. punish by a fine (fined him $5). in fine to sum up; in short. finable adj.
[ ME f. OF fin f. med.L finis sum paid on settling a lawsuit f. L finis end ]