exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury
- "the delicate wing of a butterfly"
- "a delicate flavor"
- "delicate china"
- "a delicate violin passage"
marked by great skill especially in meticulous technique
- "a surgeon's delicate touch"
easily broken or damaged or destroyed
- "a kite too delicate to fly safely"
difficult to handle; requiring great tact
- "delicate negotiations with the big powers"
of an instrument or device; capable of registering minute differences or changes precisely
- "almost undetectable with even the most delicate instruments"