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 threads come in varying degrees of thickness at Indian grocers; the variety called nylon is thin and delicate. Nik Sharma, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Puffed Rice Salad With Date Syrup & Lime Dressing," 1 July 2019 The work was later expanded to measure the thickness of the ice sheets and search for structures underneath the surface using a variety of radio wave frequencies. Kristen Pope, Smithsonian, "Trailblazing Engineer Irene Peden Broke Antarctic Barriers for Women," 8 June 2019 By changing the thickness of the teflon coating, the researchers were able to vary the separation from about 20nm to 45nm. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Researchers balance Casimir effects, make tiny hoverboard," 6 June 2019 Since telephoto cameras are thick, Oppo is using a periscopic module with a horizontal layout in order to trim the thickness to less than 7mm. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Oppo's phone tech goes futuristic with 5G and a 10X lossless zoom camera," 23 Feb. 2019 To reduce warping, conservators planed the thickness of the wood-panel support of old European paintings, down to one centimeter or even less. Quanta Magazine, "Using Mathematics to Repair a Masterpiece," 29 Sep. 2016 Cover the dough disk with the plastic wrap and roll to ¼ thickness. Genevieve Ko, latimes.com, "Blueberry pie bars," 25 June 2019 How do the branches of a tree compare with the thickness of its trunk? Claudia Kalb, National Geographic, "Why Leonardo da Vinci’s brilliance endures, 500 years after his death," 12 June 2019 Roll disk on a lightly floured work surface to 1/8-inch thickness. Kristina Kurek, Country Living, "Mini Stars Berry Pies," 13 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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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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