- a volatile liquid, as turpentine, used to dilute paint, varnish, rubber cement, etc., to the desired or proper consistency.
- a person who adds thinners to paints, varnishes, etc.
- a person who specializes in weeding plants, pruning shrubbery, thinning fruit, etc.
Origin of thinner1
- comparative of thin.
- having relatively little extent from one surface or side to the opposite; not thick: thin ice.
- of small cross section in comparison with the length; slender: a thin wire.
- having little flesh; spare; lean: a thin man.
- composed of or containing objects, particles, etc., widely separated; sparse: thin vegetation.
- scant; not abundant or plentiful.
- of relatively slight consistency or viscosity: thin soup.
- rarefied, as air.
- without solidity or substance; flimsy: a very thin plot for such a long book.
- lacking fullness or volume; weak and shrill: a thin voice.
- without force or a sincere effort: a thin smile.
- lacking body, richness, or strength: a thin wine.
- lacking in chroma; of light tint.
- Photography. (of a developed negative) lacking in density or contrast through underdevelopment or underexposure.
- in a thin manner.
- sparsely; not densely.
- so as to produce something thin: Slice the ham thin.
- to make thin or thinner (often followed by down, out, etc.).
- to become thin or thinner; become reduced or diminished (often followed by down, out, off, etc.): The crowd is thinning out.
Origin of thin
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Examples from the Web for thinner
Diets not only fail to make us thinner, they also fail to make us healthier in the long term.Why Your New Year’s Diet Will Fail
December 30, 2014
By comparison, Let Me Be Frank With You—as one meaning of the title suggests—is direct and thinner.Richard Ford’s Artful Survivalist Guide: The Return of Frank Bascombe
November 4, 2014
Like thinner and translucent for summer and warmer for winter.Tatiana Sorokko Is the Queen of Vintage Couture
October 8, 2014
And in expected Apple fashion, the phones are thinner and faster than ever before.Bigger, Bolder, and Better Than Ever: Steve Jobs Would Be Proud of Today's Apple
September 9, 2014
Like many young girls, Flores used to idealize a thinner body.Penthouse Forum’s Kelly Shibari and the Rise of Plus-Size Porn Stars
May 3, 2014
She was thin, thinner than ever, and stiff as if she had withered.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
This triangle they filled with a thinner stone carved with two lions.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
You are thinner than a grasshopper, and you won't make it any heavier.
I thought I looked ugly, and it seemed to me I was thinner than ever and not so tall.
She grew thinner and thinner, till at last nothing was left of her but her voice.Classic Myths
Mary Catherine Judd
- (often plural, functioning as singular) a solvent, such as turpentine, added to paint or varnish to dilute it, reduce its opacity or viscosity, or increase its penetration into the ground
- of relatively small extent from one side or surface to the other; fine or narrow
- slim or lean
- sparsely placed; meagrethin hair
- of relatively low density or viscositya thin liquid
- weak; poor; insufficienta thin disguise
- (of a photographic negative) having low density, usually insufficient to produce a satisfactory positive
- mountaineering a climb or pitch on which the holds are few and small
- thin on the ground few in number; scarce
- in order to produce something thinto cut bread thin
- to make or become thin or sparse
Word Origin and History for thinner
liquid used to dilute paint, ink, etc., 1904, agent noun from thin (v.).
Old English þynne "narrow, lean, scanty," from Proto-Germanic *thunnuz, *thunw- (cf. West Frisian ten, Middle Low German dunne, Dutch dun, Old High German dunni, German dünn, Old Norse þunnr), from PIE *tnus-, *tnwi-, from weak grade of root *ten- "stretch" (cf. Latin tenuis "thin, slender;" see tenet).
These our actors ... were all Spirits, and Are melted into Ayre, into thin Ayre. [Shakespeare, "The Tempest," IV.i.150, 1610]
Thin-skinned is attested from 1590s; the figurative sense of "touchy" is from 1670s.
Old English þynnian "to make thin" (cf. German dünnen, Dutch dunnen), from thin (adj.). Intransitive sense of "to become less numerous" is attested from 1743; that of "to become thinner" is recorded from 1804. Related: Thinned; thinning.