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[ thik-nis ]


  1. the state or quality of being thick.
  2. the measure of the smallest dimension of a solid figure:

    a board of two-inch thickness.

  3. the thick part or body of something:

    the thickness of the leg.

  4. a layer, stratum, or ply:

    three thicknesses of cloth.

verb (used with object)

  1. to bring (a piece, as a board) to a uniform thickness.


/ ˈθɪknɪs /


  1. the state or quality of being thick
  2. the dimension through an object, as opposed to length or width
  3. a layer of something
  4. a thick part
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Word History and Origins

Origin of thickness1

before 900; Middle English thiknesse, Old English thicnes. See thick, -ness
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Example Sentences

When it comes to whole chickens, or other cuts of meat that aren’t a consistent thickness, your safest bet is to move them a little farther from the heat.

From Eater

In general, thickness and certain materials, like leather and fleece, will provide more warmth.

Available in a variety of thicknesses, it can add a bit of warmth or a lot.

The sun’s varying energy output also causes the thickness of this layer to expand as it heats and to contract as it cools.

Silk offers an exceptional amount of warmth for its thickness and can most easily be layered under garments like tight jeans without adding bulk.

There was another large decrease in 2012, but Wadhams and other experts also worry that the thickness of Arctic ice is plummeting.

Add the chicken stock and simmer until reduced; the thickness should be enough to coat the back of a spoon.

The amount of time the fennel needs to cook will depend upon its thickness and the heat of your range.

Simmered in the Belgian beef stew known as Carbonnade, a Chimay can make the broth rich with flavor and thickness.

Bake the salmon until it is just cooked through (about 10-15 minutes depending on thickness).

The length of the fibre, moreover, cannot be determined with any absolute certainty from the thickness of the vein.

A very thin vacuum shutter forms a better interrupter of sound waves than a brick wall two or three feet in thickness.

The cylinder and steam-pipes were surrounded with sawdust about 20 inches in thickness, as a non-conductor of heat.

The leaf makes a very good wrapper for a tobacco of its thickness and strength.

By the repetition of this process, a layer of several feet in thickness, of an excellent soil, is accumulated on the surface.





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