Thickest
Thick Thick (th[i^]k), a. [Compar. {Thicker} (-[~e]r); superl. {Thickest}.] [OE. thicke, AS. [thorn]icce; akin to D. dik, OS. thikki, OHG. dicchi thick, dense, G. dick thick, Icel. [thorn]ykkr, [thorn]j["o]kkr, and probably to Gael. & Ir. tiugh. Cf. {Tight}.] 1. Measuring in the third dimension other than length and breadth, or in general dimension other than length; -- said of a solid body; as, a timber seven inches thick. [1913 Webster]

Were it as thick as is a branched oak. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

My little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins. --1 Kings xii. 10. [1913 Webster]

2. Having more depth or extent from one surface to its opposite than usual; not thin or slender; as, a thick plank; thick cloth; thick paper; thick neck. [1913 Webster]

3. Dense; not thin; inspissated; as, thick vapors. Also used figuratively; as, thick darkness. [1913 Webster]

Make the gruel thick and slab. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. Not transparent or clear; hence, turbid, muddy, or misty; as, the water of a river is apt to be thick after a rain. ``In a thick, misty day.'' --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

5. Abundant, close, or crowded in space; closely set; following in quick succession; frequently recurring. [1913 Webster]

The people were gathered thick together. --Luke xi. 29. [1913 Webster]

Black was the forest; thick with beech it stood. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

6. Not having due distinction of syllables, or good articulation; indistinct; as, a thick utterance. [1913 Webster]

7. Deep; profound; as, thick sleep. [R.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

8. Dull; not quick; as, thick of fearing. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

His dimensions to any thick sight were invincible. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

9. Intimate; very friendly; familiar. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

We have been thick ever since. --T. Hughes. [1913 Webster]

Note: Thick is often used in the formation of compounds, most of which are self-explaining; as, thick-barred, thick-bodied, thick-coming, thick-cut, thick-flying, thick-growing, thick-leaved, thick-lipped, thick-necked, thick-planted, thick-ribbed, thick-shelled, thick-woven, and the like. [1913 Webster]

{Thick register}. (Phon.) See the Note under {Register}, n., 7.

{Thick stuff} (Naut.), all plank that is more than four inches thick and less than twelve. --J. Knowles. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Dense; close; compact; solid; gross; coarse. [1913 Webster]


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