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thin

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adjective \ ˈthin \

Definition of thin

thinner; thinnest
1 a :having little extent from one surface to its opposite
  • thin paper
b :measuring little in cross section or diameter
  • thin rope
2 :not dense in arrangement or distribution
  • thin hair
3 :not well fleshed :lean
4 a :more fluid or rarefied than normal
  • thin air
b :having less than the usual number :scanty
  • thin attendance
c :few in number :scarce
d :scantily supplied
e :characterized by a paucity of bids or offerings
  • a thin market
5 a :lacking substance or strength
  • thin broth
  • a thin plot
b of a soil :infertile, poor
6 a :flimsy, unconvincing
  • a thin disguise
b :disappointingly poor or hard
  • had a thin time of it
7 :somewhat feeble, shrill, and lacking in resonance
  • a thin voice
8 :lacking in intensity or brilliance
  • thin light
9 :lacking sufficient photographic density or contrast

thinly

adverb

thinness

play \ˈthin-nəs\ noun

thinnish

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thin on the ground
:scarce 1

Examples of thin in a Sentence

  1. a thin coating of dust

  2. pizza with a thin crust

  3. a thin slice of ham

  4. a thin stand of trees

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Origin and Etymology of thin

Middle English thinne, from Old English thynne; akin to Old High German dunni thin, Latin tenuis thin, tenēre to hold, tendere to stretch, Greek teinein

Synonym Discussion of thin

thin, slender, slim, slight, tenuous mean not thick, broad, abundant, or dense. thin implies comparatively little extension between surfaces or in diameter, or it may imply lack of substance, richness, or abundance.
    • thin wire
    • a thin soup
slender implies leanness or spareness often with grace and good proportion.
    • the slender legs of a Sheraton chair
slim applies to slenderness that suggests fragility or scantiness.
    • a slim volume of poetry
    • a slim chance
slight implies smallness as well as thinness.
    • a slight build
tenuous implies extreme thinness, sheerness, or lack of substance and firmness.
    • a tenuous thread

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thin

verb

Definition of thin

thinned; thinning
transitive verb
:to make thin or thinner:
a :to reduce in thickness or depth :attenuate
b :to make less dense or viscous
d :to cause to lose flesh
  • thinned by weeks of privation
e :to reduce in number or bulk
intransitive verb
1 :to become thin or thinner
2 :to become weak

Examples of thin in a Sentence

  1. He added a little more water to thin the gravy.

  2. The haze thinned in the late afternoon.

  3. His face has been thinned by illness.

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First Known Use of thin

before 12th century


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thin

adverb

Definition of thin

thinner; thinnest
:in a thin manner :thinly used especially in combination
  • thin-clad
  • thin-flowing

Examples of thin in a Sentence

  1. She sliced the cheese thin.

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First Known Use of thin

13th century


THIN Defined for English Language Learners

thin

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adjective

Definition of thin for English Language Learners

  • : having a small distance between the top and bottom or front and back surfaces : not thick

  • : not having a lot of extra flesh on the body : not fat

  • : not growing closely together : not growing in a large amount


thin

verb

Definition of thin for English Language Learners

  • : to become less crowded, close together, or full

  • : to make (a liquid) less thick by adding water or some other liquid to it

  • of a person's hair : to become less thick as more hairs fall out over time


thin

adverb

Definition of thin for English Language Learners

  • : in a way that makes thin pieces, layers, etc.


THIN Defined for Kids

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thin

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adjective \ ˈthin \

Definition of thin for Students

thinner; thinnest
1 :having little body fat
2 :having little size from one surface to its opposite :not thick
  • a thin board
3 :having the parts not close together
  • thin hair
4 :flowing very easily
  • a thin soup
5 :having less than the usual number
  • Attendance was thin.
6 :not very convincing
  • a thin excuse
7 :somewhat weak or high
  • a thin voice
8 :having less oxygen than normal
  • thin air

thinly

adverb

thinness

noun

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thin

verb

Definition of thin for Students

thinned; thinning
:to make or become smaller in thickness or number
  • The crowd was beginning to thin.


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