thin out


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v thin out lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture "cut bourbon"
    • v thin out make sparse "thin out the young plants"
    • v thin out become sparser "Towards the end of town, the houses thinned out"
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  • Rodney Dangerfield
    Rodney Dangerfield
    “I found there was only one way to look thin, hang out with fat people.”
  • Cyril Connolly
    “Imprisoned in every fat man, a thin one is wildly signaling to be let out.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “In every fat book there is a thin book trying to get out.”


In literature:

Out of these woods, we passed into a lonely plain, inclosed by piny hills that brightened in the thin, pure ether.
"The Lands of the Saracen" by Bayard Taylor
Slowly the room behind him was thinning of its crowd as the theater-bound diners went out in twos and threes.
"Elusive Isabel" by Jacques Futrelle
One day Jenny put out her arm, and asked him to feel how thin it was growing.
"The Romance of Zion Chapel [3d ed.]" by Richard Le Gallienne
The clump of timber thinned out, and Roscoe struck out boldly into the low bush.
"The Grizzly King" by James Oliver Curwood
When possible, however, it is better to combine the thinning process thus described with turning out to grass.
"Diseases of the Horse's Foot" by Harry Caulton Reeks
The Prince held out his thin hands, and the tumult died away.
"The Exploits Of Brigadier Gerard" by Arthur Conan Doyle
The scrub was thinning out and the ground becoming more and more stony.
"On Land And Sea At The Dardanelles" by Thomas Charles Bridges
As the buds swell thin out the weakly ones.
"Gardening for the Million" by Alfred Pink
Only, when he came upon Jack, just riding out from the stable upon Surry, his lips drew tight and thin.
"The Gringos" by B. M. Bower
We climbed a ridge, and found the cedars thinning out into open patches.
"Tales of lonely trails" by Zane Grey
It was not hard, for the boarders were thinning out.
"Death Valley in '49" by William Lewis Manly
Knead as little as possible, roll out very thinly, cut in rounds or squares, and bake in a quick oven.
"Science in the Kitchen." by Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
Thin out seeding annuals wherever they appear too thick.
"Flowers and Flower-Gardens" by David Lester Richardson
They formed into orderly ranks like a company of soldiers or strung out in a long thin line across the sky.
"Camps and Trails in China" by Roy Chapman Andrews and Yvette Borup Andrews
The farmer laid a board on the thin ice and crawled out on it to the edge of the hole.
"Toaster's Handbook" by Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers
But he looked up, at last, and stretched out his hand to Harold, who pressed the thin fingers, whiter than the coverlet on which they rested.
"Fort Lafayette or, Love and Secession" by Benjamin Wood
Roll out thin, and line Criscoed pie plate with piece of paste.
"The Story of Crisco" by Marion Harris Neil
Pour into jars or jelly glasses and thin out with cream or evaporated milk when using.
"Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book" by Mary A. Wilson
Out of its folds dropped a thin roll of black silk.
"The Shoulders of Atlas" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
This past season they were so heavily loaded that we had to prop the limbs and then thin out the fruit.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various

In poetry:

The dark is thinned with snow-sheen fine,
The earth bedecked with moon;
Out on the worlds we surely shine
More radiant than in June!
"Songs of the Winter Nights" by George MacDonald
"But, Ailie, Ailie," the weans cry out,
"Your hair is grey an' thin,
An' your cheeks are sae sunk that nae bonnie bridegroom
Will come sic a bride to win."
"Daft Ailie" by Alexander Anderson
At the back, rising out of the beak,
Were twin domes like bubbles of thin bone,
Almost transparent, where the brain had been
That fixed the tilt of the wings.
"Perfect" by Hugh MacDiarmid
Lo, how they toss, as if from hand to hand,
That ship far out where help seems all in vain,
And thin white faces turning to the land
Whose only hope is to despair again.
"The Life-Boat" by Alexander Anderson
"Och, thin," says I, "meself agrees to that!"
Ould Dolan smiled wid eyes so bright an' grey;
Says he, "Kape up yer heart; I never kew
Since I come out a single hungry day.
"A Hungry Day" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Morn on the moors! she dips her foot divine
In purple blooms and webs of beaded dew.
How meek she combs, in ripples thin and fine,
Her hair of cloud high out upon the blue!
"Song The Second" by Thomas Aird

In news:

The richer Marxist traditions of Italy, France and Germany have thinned out, too.
Momo skins are not very thin, the better to contain that liquid, which surges out on first bite.
Wear is defined by carpet manufacturers as a 10 percent reduction (thinning out) in pile fiber density, which rarely happens.
City trying to thin out weed control issues.
City Scales Back Plan to Thin Out Art Vendors in Parks.
Shakeout Threatens to Thin Out Web-Ad Brokers.
NEW YORK--Gold ended flat in thin trading on Monday, with many market participants out for a holiday in the US and an industry conference in Hong Kong.
Looks like Jessica AND her baby thinned out.
Tracy Clippinger, a veterinarian at the San Diego Zoo, said the cub 's muscles are getting stronger and he is thinning out, improving his ability to crawl.
If you feel like this year has worn you thin and stressed you out, then you might be interested in counseling.
The Blue Devils are thin in their frontcourt with Marshall Plumee out with an injury.
Thin is in with new 21.5- inch iMacs but user upgrades, SuperDrive are out.
Use this French-inspired recipe as a dip or as a pasta sauce, thinned out with a little water.
Crews are thinning sections of thick forest in remote area of the Ashland Watershed, and helicopters are carrying those logs out.
Bee Gees front man Robin Gibb stepped out on Monday looking extremely thin and sick, and has the shocking photos.

In science:

We propose in the following to use overlapping fiber roads composed of several thin scintillating fibers read out with one clear optical fiber.
Testrun results from prototype fiber detectors for high rate particle tracking
In particular, we can no longer assume the outflowing gas is isothermal, has a fixed ionization state, or is optically thin.
Dynamics of line-driven disk winds in Active Galactic Nuclei
The calculations were carried out with our three dimensional Lagrangian code, based on the thin layer approximation (Bisnovatyi-Kogan & Silich 1995, Silich & Tenorio-Tagle 1998).
Evolution of the X-ray luminosity and metallicity of starburst blown superbubbles
FIG. 4: (color online) Upper panel: Out-of-phase component of the ac-susceptibility vs temperature, measured on continuous cooling (thin line), and including two halts at Th1 = 30 K and Th2 = 20 K (thicker line).
Colossal magnetoresistance without phase separation: Disorder-induced spin glass state and nanometer scale orbital-charge correlation in half doped manganites
Numerical simulations show that unusually large values of HC∗n under the null hypothesis are most frequently caused by HC∗n,1 , suggesting that if we restrict the range of the maximum as in HC+ n this “heavy tail” is thinned out considerably.
Higher criticism for detecting sparse heterogeneous mixtures
The films are under in-plane compression and out-of-plane expansion; the tetragonal strain factor, defined as t ≡ (c − a)/a, is +1.5 % for the thick film (70 nm) and +2.8 % for the thin one (40 nm).
Orbital ordering and enhanced magnetic frustration of strained BiMnO3 thin films
Finally, we may define ˆHmat to be the effective Hamiltonian for the low-energy degrees of freedom in the vicinity of the Fermi surface, assuming that all degrees of freedom outside a thin shell with radial thickness λ ≪ kF have been integrated out via functional integration and renormalization group methods [2.12].
Bosonization of Interacting Fermions in Arbitrary Dimensions
Using a combined sub–millimeter and millimeter survey Klein et al. (2003) carried out the first systematic search for optically thin dust emission from brown dwarf disks.
Disks around Brown Dwarfs and Cool Stars
Generally the obtained star formation history follows the distribution of the star clusters for about one Gyr, when the number of clusters starts thinning out.
The star formation history of the Large Magellanic Cloud as seen by star clusters and stars
Indeed, in this case the series may even be thinned out to sum to an arbitrary positive real number (Banerjee and Lahiri ).
A Dilution Test for the Convergence of Subseries of a Monotone Series
For multiple intersections between V and various K -sheets this part of the construction can be carried out simultaneously using nested parallel copies of the thin Whitney disk in Figure 17 and more Whitneyparallel copies of the sub-towers described in the previous paragraph.
Geometric Filtrations of Classical Link Concordance
This dipole is a measure of the expected motion of a thin shell relative to the local group, with the (cid:12)rst term in Equation ( ) (for l = ) expressing the motion of the  We point out that continuity leads to the conclusion that b must be a function of time approaching unity as time goes by.
On the Prediction of Velocity Fields from Redshift Space Galaxy Samples
Removing the all the HEMT channels (channels 1-4), yields the thin dashed line, and most of this loss of accuracy is incurred even if only channel 1 is removed — basically because this greatly reduces the ability to subtract out synchrotron radiation from the higher frequency channels.
A method for subtracting foregrounds from multi-frequency CMB sky maps
The horizontal lines show the values, the statistical errors out to the thin vertical lines, and the systematic errors added on linearly out to the thick vertical lines.
Prospects for B-Physics in the Next Decade
However, all of the magnetic flux emerging from the inner parts of the disk is forced into this wedge, and if it becomes too thin large magnetic pressure gradients develop that will widen the outflow wedge again.
An overview of dynamical models for outflows in BALQSOs and Seyferts