verb lose thickness; become thin or thinner
verb make thin or thinner
verb lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture
thin out; cut; dilute; reduce.
verb take off weight
slim; melt off; slenderize; reduce; slim down; lose weight.
adjective of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite or in cross section
- thin wire
- a thin chiffon blouse
- a thin book
- a thin layer of paint
adjective lacking excess flesh
- you can't be too rich or too thin
- Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look"-Shakespeare
adjective satellite very narrow
- a thin line across the page
adjective satellite not dense
- a thin beard
- trees were sparse
adjective relatively thin in consistency or low in density; not viscous
- air is thin at high altitudes
- a thin soup
- skimmed milk is much thinner than whole milk
- thin oil
adjective (of sound) lacking resonance or volume
adjective satellite lacking spirit or sincere effort
adjective satellite lacking substance or significance; a fragile claim to fame"
flimsy; fragile; tenuous; slight.
- slight evidence
- a tenuous argument
- a thin plot
adverb without viscosity
- the blood was flowing thin
, AS. þynne
; akin to D. dun
, G. dünn
, OHG. dunni
, Icel. þunnr
, Sw. tunn
, Dan. tynd
, Gael. & Ir. tana
, W. teneu
, L. tenuis
, Gr. (in comp.) stretched out, stretched, stretched out, long, Skr. tanu
thin, slender; also to AS. enian
to extend, G. dehnen
, Icel. enja
, Goth. anjan
(in comp.), L. tendere
to stretch, tenere
to hold, Gr. to stretch, Skr. tan
. *51 & 237. Cf. Attenuate
to move, Tenous
comparative Thiner ; superlative Thinest
- Having little thickness or extent from one surface to its opposite; as, a thin plate of metal; thin paper; a thin board; a thin covering.
- Rare; not dense or thick; -- applied to fluids or soft mixtures; as, thin blood; thin broth; thin air.
In the day, when the air is more thin.
Satan, bowing low
His gray dissimulation, disappeared,
Into thin air diffused.
- Not close; not crowded; not filling the space; not having the individuals of which the thing is composed in a close or compact state; hence, not abundant; as, the trees of a forest are thin; the corn or grass is thin.
Ferrara is very large, but extremely thin of people.
- Not full or well grown; wanting in plumpness.
Seven thin ears . . . blasted with the east wind.
Gen. xli. 6.
- Not stout; slim; slender; lean; gaunt; as, a person becomes thin by disease.
- Wanting in body or volume; small; feeble; not full.
Thin, hollow sounds, and lamentable screams.
- Slight; small; slender; flimsy; wanting substance or depth or force; superficial; inadequate; not sufficient for a covering; as, a thin disguise.
My tale is done, for my wit is but thin.
✍ Thin is used in the formation of compounds which are mostly self-explaining; as, thin-faced, thin-lipped, thin-peopled, thin-shelled, and the like.
- Not thickly or closely; in a seattered state; as, seed sown thin.
Spain is thin sown of people.
Thin transitive verb
Cf. AS. geþynnian
imperfect & past participle Thinned ; present participle & verbal noun Thinning
- To make thin (in any of the senses of the adjective).
Thin intransitive verb
- 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.
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