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Definition of THIN

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Thin \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. [1913 Webster]

     2. Rare; not dense or thick; -- applied to fluids or soft mixtures; as, thin blood; thin broth; thin air. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              In the day, when the air is more thin. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

              Satan, bowing low
              His gray dissimulation, disappeared,
              Into thin air diffused.               --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

              Ferrara is very large, but extremely thin of people.
                                                    --Addison. [1913 Webster]

     4. Not full or well grown; wanting in plumpness. [1913 Webster]

              Seven thin ears . . . blasted with the east wind.
                                                    --Gen. xli. 6. [1913 Webster]

     5. Not stout; slim; slender; lean; gaunt; as, a person becomes thin by disease. [1913 Webster]

     6. Wanting in body or volume; small; feeble; not full. [1913 Webster]

              Thin, hollow sounds, and lamentable screams.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     7. Slight; small; slender; flimsy; wanting substance or depth or force; superficial; inadequate; not sufficient for a covering; as, a thin disguise. [1913 Webster]

              My tale is done, for my wit is but thin. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     {Thin section}. See under {Section}.
        [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Thin \Thin\, adv.
     Not thickly or closely; in a seattered state; as, seed sown thin. [1913 Webster]

           Spain is thin sown of people.            --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Thin \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). [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Thin \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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

434 Moby Thesaurus words for "thin":
     Lenten, Sanforize, Sanforized, Spartan, a bit thick, a bit thin, abate, abrade, abstemious, abstract, absurd, acute, adulterate, adulterated, airy, ankle-deep, argute, ascetic, atomic, attenuate, attenuated, austere, backset, baptize, bate, beyond belief, blow off, bony, boyish, cadaverous, cast forth, cheeseparing, chiffon, chinchy, chintzy, clear, clear as crystal, clear away, colliquate, consume, consumed, corky, corpuscular, creaky, crystal, crystal-clear, crystalline, cultivate, culture, cursory, curtail, cut, cut down, dainty, dead, decoagulate, decoct, decrease, deduct, deficient, delicate, deliquesce, delve, depreciate, depthless, derogate, detract, diaphane, diaphanous, diffuse, dig, dilute, diluted, diminish, disparage, dispel, dispersed, dissipate, dissolve, doubtable, doubtful, drain, draw out, dress, dried-up, drive away, dry up, dubious, dubitable, dwarfed, dwarfish, ear-piercing, eat away, emacerate, emacerated, emaciate, emaciated, embryonic, epidermal, erode, ethereal, etherealize, evanescent, evaporate, exiguous, expand, extenuate, extract, fade, fallow, feeble, fertilize, file away, filmy, fine, finespun, flat, flavorless, flimsy, fluidify, fluidize, flux, force, fragile, frail, frugal, fuse, gangling, gaseous, gaunt, gauzy, germinal, girlish, gossamer, gossamery, gracile, granular, gruelly, half-starved, hard of belief, hard to believe, harrow, high, high-pitched, hoe, hold in solution, howling, impair, impalpable, imperceptible, implausible, imponderable, impoverished, improbable, inadequate, inane, inappreciable, inconceivable, incredible, indifferent, indiscernible, infinitesimal, infrequent, infuse, insipid, insubstantial, insufficient, intangible, invisible, irrigate, jejune, keen, keening, knee-deep, lacy, lame, lank, lanky, leach, lean, lessen, light, light-pervious, limited, limpid, liquefy, liquesce, liquidize, list, lixiviate, lucid, macerate, meager, meagerly, mean, melt, melt down, microcosmic, microscopic, mild, milk-and-water, miserly, misty, molecular, mulch, narrow, niggardly, nonopaque, not deep, not deserving belief, on the surface, open to doubt, open to suspicion, paltry, papery, pappy, parch, parched, parsimonious, passing belief, peekaboo, pellucid, penetrating, percolate, piddling, piercing, pinched, piping, plow, poor, preposterous, preshrink, preshrunk, problematic, prune, pulpy, puny, purify, questionable, rake, rare, rarefied, rarefy, reduce, reedy, refine, refined, remove, retrench, revealing, ridiculous, rub away, run, sapless, savorless, scant, scantily, scanty, scarce, scattered, scraggy, scrawny, screaky, screeching, screechy, scrimp, scrimping, scrimpy, sear, see-through, seldom met with, seldom seen, shallow, shallow-rooted, sharp, sharpen, sheer, shoal, shorten, shrieking, shrieky, shrill, shrink, shrivel, shriveled, shriveled up, shrunk, shrunken, silken, silky, skeletal, skimp, skimping, skimpy, skin-deep, skinny, slender, slenderish, slight, slight-made, slim, slimmish, slinky, small, solubilize, solve, spade, spare, sparing, sparingly, sparse, sparsely, spiceless, spindly, spotty, sprinkled, squeaking, squeaky, staggering belief, stale, starvation, stingy, stinted, straitened, stunted, subatomic, subduct, subsistence, subtile, subtilize, subtle, subtract, superficial, surface, suspect, suspicious, svelte, sylphlike, take away, take from, tall, tasteless, tenuous, thaw, thick, thin, thin away, thin down, thin out, thin-bodied, thin-set, thin-spun, thinned, thinned-out, thinnish, threadlike, tight, till, till the soil, translucent, transparent, transpicuous, treble, trim, trivial, twiggy, ultramicroscopic, ululant, unbelievable, unclot, unclouded, uncommon, uncompact, uncompressed, unconvincing, underfed, undernourished, undersized, underweight, unearthly, unflavored, ungodly, unimaginable, unimportant, unnourishing, unnutritious, unprofound, unsatisfying, unsavory, unseeable, unsubstantial, untenable, unthinkable, unusual, unworthy of belief, vague, vapid, vaporous, volatilize, wailing, washy, wasp-waisted, waste, waste away, wasted, wasted away, water, water down, watered, watered-down, waterish, watery, weak, weaken, wear away, weazen, weazened, weed, weed out, whining, whistling, willowy, windy, wiredrawn, wishy-washy, wispy, withdraw, wither, withered, wizen, wizen-faced, wizened, work, worthless


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