thickness

noun
thick·​ness | \ ˈthik-nəs How to pronounce thickness (audio) \

Definition of thickness

1 : the smallest of three dimensions length, width, and thickness
2 : the quality or state of being thick
3a : viscous consistency boiled to the thickness of honey
b : the condition of being smoky, foul, or foggy
4 : the thick part of something
7 : layer, ply, sheet a single thickness of canvas

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Examples of thickness in a Sentence

The plank measures two inches in thickness. the length, circumference, and thickness of the log Plywood is available in various thicknesses. Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the steak. I added flour to increase the gravy's thickness. I was surprised by the thickness of his accent.
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The disk thickness varies as distance increases from the center. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "New map of the Milky Way provides more evidence that it's warped and twisted," 2 Aug. 2019 The Max is built just like the four-inch MegaMat, just with more air and foam creating those two extra inches of thickness and a level of comfort that’s almost obscene. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "Couples Camping Gear Just Got Even Better," 20 June 2019 In the house of thickness, we were allowed the grace of some meat on our bones. Sonya Renee Taylor, SELF, "The House Next Door," 26 June 2018 Field teams at avalanche centers document the snowpack—the thickness and type of snow layers—and combine those data with weather conditions to estimate danger levels. National Geographic, "Avalanches, explained," 19 July 2019 Place a piece of plastic wrap over the meat; use a meat mallet to pound the tenderloin into a uniform 3/4-inch thickness. Jeanmarie Brownson, Twin Cities, "Refresh your summer cooking with versatile mint for grilled meats, salads and tea," 18 July 2019 Weight There are two simple ways to reduce the weight of a garden hose—make it out of lighter material or use less material by reducing the hose’s diameter or wall thickness. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Garden Hoses for More Than Just Your Garden," 16 July 2019 Case then adds layers and texture with oils in different thicknesses and a variety of techniques from broad brush strokes to small dots or even drips. San Diego Union-Tribune, "A the Lux Art Institute, Carolyn Case seeing what sticks," 9 July 2019 Place a piece of plastic wrap over the meat; use a meat mallet to pound the tenderloin into a uniform ¾-inch thickness. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "Refresh your summer cooking with versatile mint for grilled meats, salads and tea," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of thickness

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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thickness

noun

English Language Learners Definition of thickness

: the distance between the top and bottom or front and back surfaces of something : a measurement of how thick something is
: the quality of being thick
: a layer or sheet of some material

thickness

noun
thick·​ness | \ ˈthik-nəs How to pronounce thickness (audio) \

Kids Definition of thickness

1 : the quality or state of being thick
2 : the smallest of three dimensions length, width, and thickness

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