noun Etymology: Middle English tenuite, from Latin tenuitas, from tenuis thin, tenuous Date: 15th century 1. lack of substance or strength 2. lack of thickness ; slenderness, thinness <
the tenuity of poplars — Edith Wharton
3. lack of density ; rarefied quality or state

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  • Tenuity — Te*nu i*ty, n. [L. tenuitas, from tenuis thin: cf. F. t[ e]nuit[ e]. See {Tenuous}.] 1. The quality or state of being tenuous; thinness, applied to a broad substance; slenderness, applied to anything that is long; as, the tenuity of a leaf; the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tenuity — [tə no͞o′ə tē, tənyo͞o′ə tē] n. pl. tenuities [MFr tenuité < L tenuitas] the quality or state of being tenuous; specif., a) thinness; slenderness; fineness b) lack of substance; rarity, as of air c) faintness, as of light or voice d)… …   English World dictionary

  • tenuity — /teuh nooh i tee, nyooh , te /, n. 1. the state of being tenuous. 2. slenderness. 3. thinness of consistency; rarefied condition. [1525 35; < L tenuitas thinness, equiv. to tenui(s) (see TENUIS) + tas TY2] * * * …   Universalium

  • tenuity — noun /təˈnjuːɪti/ a) Thinness, slenderness. b) Meagreness, paucity …   Wiktionary

  • tenuity — n. slenderness, delicateness, thinness of consistency, rarefied condition; flimsiness, weakness …   English contemporary dictionary

  • tenuity — [tɪ nju:ɪti] noun lack of solidity or substance. Origin ME: from L. tenuitas, from tenuis thin …   English new terms dictionary

  • tenuity — n. 1. Thinness. 2. Slenderness, fineness. 3. Rarity, rareness, thinness …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • tenuity — n 1. tenuousness, flimsiness. See tenuousness. 2. slenderness, thinness, fineness, leanness; gracility, gracileness, delicateness, delicacy; frailty, frailness, fragility, fragileness; sheerness, diaphaneity, diaphan ousness; lightness,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • tenuity — te·nu·i·ty …   English syllables

  • tenuity — te•nu•i•ty [[t]təˈnu ɪ ti, ˈnyu , tɛ [/t]] n. 1) the state of being tenuous 2) slenderness 3) thinness of consistency; rarefied condition • Etymology: 1525–35; < L tenuitās thinness =tenui(s) (see tenuis) + tās ty II …   From formal English to slang

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