of an instrument or device
capable of registering minute differences or changes precisely
"almost undetectable with even the most delicate instruments"
difficult to handle
requiring great tact
"delicate negotiations with the big powers"
"hesitates to be explicit on so ticklish a matter"
"a touchy subject"
developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety
"the satire touches with finespun ridicule every kind of human pretense"
"a baby's delicate skin"
easily broken or damaged or destroyed
"a kite too delicate to fly safely"
"fragile porcelain plates"
"fragile old bones"
"a frail craft"
marked by great skill especially in meticulous technique
"a surgeon's delicate touch"
exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing
susceptible to injury
"a delicate violin passage"
"a delicate flavor"
"the delicate wing of a butterfly"