thick·ness | \ˈthik-nəs \

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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Place a piece of plastic wrap on top of the chicken breast halves and pound each one to a thickness of no more than 1/2 inch. The Washington Post,, "Tasty chicken dinner comes with a bonus: No cleanup," 19 Mar. 2018 New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman is 30 pounds lighter, has a fresh layer of thickness in his Boston accent and lives in his son’s basement. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "Giants GM Dave Gettleman lives in son’s basement. Is he planning raid of Panthers? | Charlotte Observer," 28 Feb. 2018 Use a meat mallet or the back of a spatula to gently smash the potatoes to 1/2-inch thickness. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018 In addition to obvious information, the publication also lists observations on additional characteristics like color and flesh and skin thickness. Kjerstin Gabrielson,, "Master Gardeners put vegetable varieties to the test in Oregon for new publication," 12 June 2018 Silica is a rock-forming compound that helps determine the thickness of the lava. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Could Hawaii volcano explosion rival Mount St. Helens? Probably not.," 17 May 2018 Set a double thickness of paper towel on the counter. Sheryl Julian,, "Recipe: Tuck a little cherry-tomato surprise into the bottom of baked eggs," 26 Mar. 2018 Allow one plank’s thickness (plus a little), and attach the plank supports to the side slots, leaving a plank in place as a guide. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Build The Ultimate Compost Bin," 16 Mar. 2017 Tip: To save money and control thickness, buy a whole pork loin and cut the chops yourself instead of buying them pre-cut. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: The Leftovers’ Award-Winning Pork Chops," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of thickness

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

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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


thick·ness | \ˈthik-nəs \

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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