Definitions for: Thin


[adv] without viscosity; "the blood was flowing thin"
[adj] not dense; "a thin beard"; "trees were sparse"
[adj] lacking excess flesh; "you can't be too rich or too thin"; "Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look"-Shakespeare
[adj] (of sound) lacking resonance or volume; "a thin feeble cry"
[adj] lacking spirit or sincere effort; "a thin smile"
[adj] having little substance or significance; "a flimsy excuse"; "slight evidence"; "a tenuous argument"; "a thin plot"
[adj] of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite or in cross section; "thin wire"; "a thin chiffon blouse"; "a thin book"; "a thin layer of paint"
[adj] relatively thin in consistency or low in density; not viscous; "air is thin at high altitudes"; "a thin soup"; "skimmed milk is much thinner than whole milk"; "thin oil"
[adj] very narrow; "a thin line across the page"
[v] take off weight
[v] lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture; "cut bourbon"
[v] make thin or thinner; "Thin the solution"
[v] lose thickness; become thin or thinner



Webster (1913) Definition: Thin, a. [Compar. Thiner; superl. Thinest.] [OE.
thinne, thenne, thunne, AS. [thorn]ynne; akin to D. dun, G.
d["u]nn, OHG. dunni, Icel. [thorn]unnr, Sw. tunn, Dan. tynd,
Gael. & Ir. tana, W. teneu, L. tenuis, Gr. ? (in comp.)
stretched out, ? stretched, stretched out, long, Skr. tanu
thin, slender; also to AS. ?enian to extend, G. dehnen, Icel.
?enja, Goth. ?anjan (in comp.), L. tendere to stretch, tenere
to hold, Gr. ? to stretch, Skr. tan. [root]51 & 237. Cf.
Attenuate, Dance, Tempt, Tenable, Tend to move,
Tenous, Thunder, Tone.]
1. Having little thickness or extent from one surface to its
opposite; as, a thin plate of metal; thin paper; a thin
board; a thin covering.

2. Rare; not dense or thick; -- applied to fluids or soft
mixtures; as, thin blood; thin broth; thin air. --Shak.

In the day, when the air is more thin. --Bacon.

Satan, bowing low His gray dissimulation,
disappeared, Into thin air diffused. --Milton.

3. Not close; not crowded; not filling the space; not having
the individuals of which the thing is composed in a close
or compact state; hence, not abundant; as, the trees of a
forest are thin; the corn or grass is thin.

Ferrara is very large, but extremely thin of people.
--Addison.

4. Not full or well grown; wanting in plumpness.

Seven thin ears . . . blasted with the east wind.
--Gen. xli. 6.

5. Not stout; slim; slender; lean; gaunt; as, a person
becomes thin by disease.

6. Wanting in body or volume; small; feeble; not full.

Thin, hollow sounds, and lamentable screams.
--Dryden.

7. Slight; small; slender; flimsy; wanting substance or depth
or force; superficial; inadequate; not sufficient for a
covering; as, a thin disguise.

My tale is done, for my wit is but thin. --Chaucer.

Note: Thin is used in the formation of compounds which are
mostly self-explaining; as, thin-faced, thin-lipped,
thin-peopled, thin-shelled, and the like.

Thin section. See under Section.


Thin, adv.
Not thickly or closely; in a seattered state; as, seed sown
thin.

Spain is thin sown of people. --Bacon.


Thin, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Thinned; p. pr. & vb. n.
Thinning.] [Cf. AS. ge[thorn]ynnian.]
To make thin (in any of the senses of the adjective).


Thin, v. i.
To grow or become thin; -- used with some adverbs, as out,
away, etc.; as, geological strata thin out, i. e., gradually
diminish in thickness until they disappear.

Synonyms: anorectic, anorexic, bladed, bony, cadaverous, capillary, chiffon, cobwebby, compressed, cut, deep-eyed, depressed, diaphanous, dilute, distributed, emaciated, filamentlike, filamentous, filiform, filmy, fine, flat, flimsy, gangling, gangly, gaunt, gauzy, gossamer, haggard, hairlike, hollow-eyed, hyperfine, lank, lanky, lean, light, lose weight, melt off, pale, papery, pinched, rare, rarefied, rarified, rawboned, reduce, reduce, reedlike, reedy, ribbonlike, ribbony, scarecrowish, scraggy, scrawny, see-through, sheer, shriveled, shrivelled, shrunken, skeletal, skinny, sleazy, slender, slenderize, slender-waisted, slight, slim, slim, slim down, slim-waisted, spare, sparse, spindle-legged, spindle-shanked, spindly, spiritless, stringy, sunken-eyed, tenuous, thin out, thinly, threadlike, thready, transparent, trim, twiggy, twiglike, underweight, vaporous, wafer-thin, wasp-waisted, wasted, weak, weedy, wiry, wisplike, wispy, withered, wizen, wizened

Antonyms: fat, full, gain, inspissate, put on, thick, thick, thicken, thickly

See Also: bring down, change state, change state, cut back, cut down, draw, ectomorphic, narrow, sweat off, thin, thin, trim, trim back, trim down, turn, turn, water down, weaken

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