- 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 thinness
Because of the thinness of the air, there is a very tight margin between the correct and incorrect airspeeds, as little as 50 mph.Did Bad Weather Bring Down AirAsia 8501?
December 29, 2014
Lecallier explains that the ideal of thinness in fashion modeling is not as recent as one might expect.‘Mannequin, le Corps de la Mode’ (‘Models’ Bodies : The Crux of Fashion’) Exhibition in Paris
March 2, 2013
“Some patients have their own peer group which reinforces their quest for thinness,” she says.Pro-Anorexia, Thinspirational Images on Pinterest: Threat of Self-Harm
April 2, 2012
The imperative of thinness in our culture is not based on science, and it causes a lot of pain.'Fat Studies' Go to College
November 3, 2010
They had always jeered at me for my thinness, and in this dress I looked like an English tea-pot.My Double Life
He hurried on lest she should call satiric attention to its thinness.The Prisoner
This man was evil, not with the grossness of a debauchee but with the thinness of the devotee.Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer
Cyrus Townsend Brady
As I buttoned it at her throat I marvelled at the thinness of her, and at the delicacy of her face.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
Where else is there anything like it, for sincerity and for thinness?Epic and Romance
W. P. Ker
- 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 thinness
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.