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 The probe was launched after KWU Barstool tweeted Sunday that paint thinner was mixed into Kansas Wesleyan’s cooler during the game. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 28 Apr. 2022 The screen on the 42 mm version seems just as big as the 45 mm because of a thinner, almost nonexistent bezel that is tucked under the crystal and angled toward the case. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 11 Feb. 2022 Back at home, Taylor Nielsen reunited a now-thinner Thistle with his sister, Rye, keeping the two of them in the garage with the door closed. Kate Santich,, 10 Dec. 2021 There is nothing new about any of this, there is just patience wearing thinner: for Luann, for the other women, and for the audience, all of whom could recite a Ramona apology by heart at this point. Louis Peitzman, Vulture, 26 Nov. 2021 In another building there were dozens of cans of paint thinner. Mike Nolan,, 5 Nov. 2021 Police allegedly found 78 grams of methamphetamine, 20 fentanyl pills and additional amounts of ketamine, dextroamphetamine and solvent used to make paint thinner sometimes used as a body building material., 2 Nov. 2021 For those who care, the crust for pan pizza tends to be breadier and thicker, while deep-dish has taller sides and a thinner, crunchier base. Nick Kindelsperger,, 13 Sep. 2021 The documentary recalls that Ross used paint thinner to achieve his trademark wet-on-wet technique (also known as alla prima), and at least one friend speculates that the chemicals could have led to Ross’s cancer. Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of thinner

1832, in the meaning defined above

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“Thinner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of thinner

: a liquid used to thin paint

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