thin·​ner | \ ˈthi-nər How to pronounce thinner (audio) \

Definition of thinner

: one that thins specifically : a volatile liquid (such as turpentine) used especially to thin paint

Examples of thinner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Consumers are paying more for a growing range of household staples in ways that don’t show up on receipts — thinner rolls, lighter bags, smaller cans — as companies look to offset rising labor and materials costs without scaring off customers. Washington Post, 1 June 2021 In total, sanitation workers collected and disposed of 300 pounds of hazardous waste, which included gasoline, paint thinner, cooking oil, nail polish remover, and containers with alcohol, rubbing alcohol and kerosene. Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2021 For a desktop machine, making the iMac thinner feels more like an artistic move than a practical one. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 Crews will not take the following items: appliances, tires, TVs and other electronics (such as computers, printers, scanners, tablets, etc.), construction debris, paint and paint thinner, motor oil and other hazardous waste. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Apr. 2021 For example, thinner, harder mono leader material will bite into softer fly line when an Albright is cinched down. Popular Science, 3 Mar. 2021 Clean your brushes with a solvent such as paint thinner or mineral spirits. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 14 Dec. 2020 The thinner then evaporated, leaving the blend of HyperShift Pearls and Musou Black paint. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, 22 Dec. 2020 But Lee wanted to be the high-fashion girl, the girl who got the serious campaigns, the girl who deserved every accolade that thinner, whiter models received. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of thinner

1832, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of thinner was in 1832

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7 Jun 2021

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“Thinner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of thinner

: a liquid (such as turpentine) that is added to paint to make it thinner and able to flow more easily


thin·​ner | \ ˈthi-nər How to pronounce thinner (audio) \

Kids Definition of thinner

: a liquid used to thin paint

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