thin
I. adjective (thinner; thinnest) Etymology: Middle English thinne, from Old English thynne; akin to Old High German dunni thin, Latin tenuis thin, tenēre to hold, tendere to stretch, Greek teinein Date: before 12th century 1. a. having little extent from one surface to its opposite <
thin paper
>
b. measuring little in cross section or diameter <
thin rope
>
2. not dense in arrangement or distribution <
thin hair
>
3. not well fleshed ; lean 4. a. more fluid or rarefied than normal <
thin air
>
b. having less than the usual number ; scanty <
thin attendance
>
c. few in number ; scarce d. scantily supplied e. characterized by a paucity of bids or offerings <
a thin market
>
5. a. lacking substance or strength <
thin broth
>
<
a thin plot
>
b. of a soil infertile, poor 6. a. flimsy, unconvincing <
a thin disguise
>
b. disappointingly poor or hard <
had a thin time of it
>
7. somewhat feeble, shrill, and lacking in resonance <
a thin voice
>
8. lacking in intensity or brilliance <
thin light
>
9. lacking sufficient photographic density or contrast • thinly adverbthinness nounthinnish adjective Synonyms: thin, slender, slim, slight, tenuous mean not thick, broad, abundant, or dense. thin implies comparatively little extension between surfaces or in diameter, or it may imply lack of substance, richness, or abundance <
thin wire
>
<
a thin soup
>
. slender implies leanness or spareness often with grace and good proportion <
the slender legs of a Sheraton chair
>
. slim applies to slenderness that suggests fragility or scantiness <
a slim volume of poetry
>
<
a slim chance
>
. slight implies smallness as well as thinness <
a slight build
>
. tenuous implies extreme thinness, sheerness, or lack of substance and firmness <
a tenuous thread
>
. II. verb (thinned; thinning) Date: before 12th century transitive verb to make thin or thinner: a. to reduce in thickness or depth ; attenuate b. to make less dense or viscous c. dilute, weaken d. to cause to lose flesh <
thinned by weeks of privation
>
e. to reduce in number or bulk intransitive verb 1. to become thin or thinner 2. to become weak III. adverb (thinner; thinnest) Date: 13th century in a thin manner ; thinly — used especially in combination <
thin-clad
>
<
thin-flowing
>

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  • Thin — Thin, a. [Compar. {Thiner}; superl. {Thinest}.] [OE. thinne, thenne, thunne, AS. [thorn]ynne; akin to D. dun, G. d[ u]nn, OHG. dunni, Icel. [thorn]unnr, Sw. tunn, Dan. tynd, Gael. & Ir. tana, W. teneu, L. tenuis, Gr. ? (in comp.) stretched out, ? …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • thin — [thin] adj. thinner, thinnest [ME thinne < OE thynne, akin to Ger dünn < IE * tenu , thin < base * ten , to stretch > L tenuis, thin, tenere, to hold, tendere & Gr teinein, to stretch] 1. having relatively little depth; of little… …   English World dictionary

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  • thin — ► ADJECTIVE (thinner, thinnest) 1) having opposite surfaces or sides close together. 2) (of a garment or fabric) made of light material. 3) having little flesh or fat on the body. 4) having few parts or members relative to the area covered or… …   English terms dictionary

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  • thin — O.E. þynne narrow, lean, scanty, from P.Gmc. *thunnuz, *thunw (Cf. W.Fris. ten, M.L.G. dunne, Du. dun, O.H.G. dunni, Ger. dünn, O.N. þunnr), from PIE *tnus , *tnwi , from weak grade of root *ten stretch (Cf. L. tenuis …   Etymology dictionary

  • Thin — Thin, adv. Not thickly or closely; in a seattered state; as, seed sown thin. [1913 Webster] Spain is thin sown of people. Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Thin — Thin, v. i. To grow or become thin; used with some adverbs, as out, away, etc.; as, geological strata thin out, i. e., gradually diminish in thickness until they disappear. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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