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, a. [L. subtilis. See Subtile
1. Thin; not dense or gross; rare; as, subtile air; subtile
vapor; a subtile medium.
2. Delicately constituted or constructed; nice; fine;
delicate; tenuous; finely woven. ``A sotil [subtile]
twine's thread.'' --Chaucer.
More subtile web Arachne can not spin. --Spenser.
I do distinguish plain
Each subtile line of her immortal face. --Sir J.
3. Acute; piercing; searching.
The slow disease and subtile pain. --Prior.
5. Characterized by nicety of discrimination; discerning;
delicate; refined; subtle. [In this sense now commonly
The genius of the Spanish people is exquisitely
subtile, without being at all acute; hence there is
so much humor and so little wit in their literature.
The genius of the Italians, on the contrary, is
acute, profound, and sensual, but not subtile; hence
what they think to be humorous, is merely witty.
The subtile influence of an intellect like
5. Sly; artful; cunning; crafty; subtle; as, a subtile
person; a subtile adversary; a subtile scheme. [In this
sense now commonly written subtle
Usage: In acute the image is that of a needle's point; in
subtile that of a thread spun out to fineness. The
acute intellect pierces to its aim; the subtile (or
subtle) intellect winds its way through obstacles.
[1913 Webster] -- Sub"tile*ly
, adv. --