thin

Definitions

  • We ain't no thin red 'eroes,
    We ain't no thin red 'eroes,
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj thin not dense "a thin beard","trees were sparse"
    • adj thin lacking excess flesh "you can't be too rich or too thin","Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look"-Shakespeare"
    • adj thin (of sound) lacking resonance or volume "a thin feeble cry"
    • adj thin lacking substance or significance; a fragile claim to fame" "slight evidence","a tenuous argument","a thin plot"
    • adj thin lacking spirit or sincere effort "a thin smile"
    • adj thin 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 thin 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 thin very narrow "a thin line across the page"
    • adv thin without viscosity "the blood was flowing thin"
    • v thin take off weight
    • v thin lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture "cut bourbon"
    • v thin make thin or thinner "Thin the solution"
    • v thin lose thickness; become thin or thinner
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A TRIFLE THIN A TRIFLE THIN

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Frisbee got its name from William Russel Frisbee, who was a pie baker. He used to sell his pies in a thin tin pan, which had Frisbee written on it. When Walter Frederick Morrison thought of the idea of making saucer like disks to play catch, he visited the campus of Yale and noticed people there were using the pie pan to play catch so he therefore renamed his invention to Frisbee
    • Thin 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.
    • Thin 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."
    • Thin Not full or well grown; wanting in plumpness. "Seven thin ears . . . blasted with the east wind."
    • Thin Not stout; slim; slender; lean; gaunt; as, a person becomes thin by disease.
    • adv Thin Not thickly or closely; in a seattered state; as, seed sown thin . "Spain is thin sown of people."
    • Thin Rare; not dense or thick; -- applied to fluids or soft mixtures; as, thin blood; thin broth; thin air. "In the day, when the air is more thin .""Satan, bowing low
      His gray dissimulation, disappeared,
      Into thin air diffused."
    • Thin 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 ."
    • v. i Thin 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.
    • v. t Thin To make thin (in any of the senses of the adjective).
    • Thin Wanting in body or volume; small; feeble; not full. "Thin , hollow sounds, and lamentable screams."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If hot water is suddenly poured into a glass that glass is more apt to break if it is thick than if it is thin. This is why test tubes are made of thin glass.
    • thin In art, characterized, in composition, by few and widely separated elements, by absence of serious interest, or by lack of body and force in technique.
    • thin Very narrow in all diameters; slender; slim; long and fine: as, a thin wire; a thin string.
    • thin Very narrow in one diameter; having the opposite surfaces very near together; having little thickness or depth; not thick; not heavy: as, thin paper; thin boards: opposed to thick.
    • thin Having the constituent parts loose or sparse in arrangement; lacking density, compactness, or luxuriance; rare; specifically, of the air and other gases, rarefied.
    • thin Hence, easily seen through; transparent, literally or figuratively; shallow; flimsy; slight: as, a thin disguise.
    • thin Having slight consistency or viscosity: said of liquids: as, thin syrup; thin gruel.
    • thin Deficient in some characteristic or important ingredient; lacking strength or richness; specifically, of liquors, small: opposed to strong.
    • thin Of sound, lacking in fullness; faint, and often somewhat shrill or metallic in tone.
    • thin Limited in power or capacity; feeble; weak.
    • thin Meager; lean; spare; not plump or fat.
    • thin Limited in quantity or number; small or infrequent; scanty.
    • thin Scantily occupied or furnished; bare; empty: used absolutely or with of.
    • thin Having no depth: said of a school of fish.
    • thin Having insufficient density or contrast to give a good photographic print or a satisfactory image on the screen; weak: said of a negative or a lantern-slide.
    • thin Thinly.
    • thin To make thin. To attenuate; draw or spread out thin; hence, to reduce in thickness or depth: as, to thin a board by planing.
    • thin To make less dense or compact; make sparse; specifically, to rarefy, as a gas.
    • thin To reduce in consistency or viscosity: said of liquids: as, to thin starch.
    • thin To reduce in strength or richness: as, to thin the blood.
    • thin To make lean or spare.
    • thin To reduce in numbers or frequency.
    • thin To make bare or empty.
    • thin To become thin. To diminish in thickness; grow or become thin: with out, away, etc.: thus geological strata are said to thin out when they gradually diminish in thickness till they disappear.
    • thin A Middle English form of thine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Mexican Jumping Bean is not a bean. It is actually a thin-shelled section of a seed capsule containing the larva of a small gray moth called the jumping bean moth (Laspeyresia saltitans).
    • adj Thin thin having little thickness: slim: lean: freely mobile: small: fine: not close or crowded: transparent, flimsy, shallow: not full or well grown, meagre, weak
    • adv Thin not thickly or closely: in a scattered state
    • v.t Thin to make thin: to make less close or crowded (with away, out, &c.): to make rare or less thick or dense
    • v.i Thin to grow or become thin:—pr.p. thin′ning; pa.t. and pa.p. thinned
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Quotations

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    “If you're on thin ice, you might as well dance.”
  • Havelock Ellis
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    “All civilization has from time to time become a thin crust over a volcano of revolution.”
  • Naomi Wolf
    Naomi Wolf
    “To ask women to become unnaturally thin is to ask them to relinquish their sexuality.”
  • Cyril Connolly
    Cyril%20Connolly
    “The one way to get thin is to re-establish a purpose in life.”
  • Rodney Dangerfield
    Rodney Dangerfield
    “I found there was only one way to look thin, hang out with fat people.”
  • Clarence Day
    Clarence Day
    “Information's pretty thin stuff unless mixed with experience.”

Idioms

Into thin air - If something vanishes or disappears without trace, it vanishes into thin air; no-one knows where it has gone.
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Skate on thin ice - If someone is skating on thin ice, they are taking a big risk.
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Spread yourself too thin - If you spread youself too thin, you overextend yourself and take on too many things to deal with them properly.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. thinne, thenne, thunne, AS. þynne,; akin to D. dun, G. dünn, OHG. dunni, Icel. þunnr, 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,. √51 & 237. Cf. Attenuate Dance Tempt Tenable Tend to move, Tenous Thunder Tone

Usage

In literature:

The men flagged, as the sun got higher, and at length Dick sat down in the thin shade of a tree.
"Brandon of the Engineers" by Harold Bindloss
Thin laughter of playing children stole to them.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
If it is not thin enough to suit add more milk.
"The Suffrage Cook Book"
The air was nipping, clear and thin, and sweet with frosty fragrance.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
The flesh of the pileus is rather thin, even in the center, and becomes very thin toward the margin, as shown in Fig.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
The thin paper to be mounted is laid face downwards on a piece of glass and very carefully pasted with thin, white paste.
"Bookbinding, and the Care of Books" by Douglas Cockerell
He was a very tall, thin man, in white ducks, with a fine head of curly white hair.
"The Trembling of a Leaf" by William Somerset Maugham
Smear a thin, even film of the specimen on the cover-slip by means of the platinum loop.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
Shure, thin, ye never thought such a thing uv me!
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
Do not get too much mercury on it, just enough to give it a thin coat, as it will make the thin zinc so brittle that it will very easily break.
"How Two Boys Made Their Own Electrical Apparatus" by Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John
She got an impression of a thin, dark face, and a sharp glance from eyes that seemed dark also.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
She was a little over the middle height, but exceedingly thin and emaciated.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
His thin face, so grave, so intelligent.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
A gut betune two hills, as black as a bucket, an' as thin as a girl's waist.
"Soldier Stories" by Rudyard Kipling
Do they like SOUPS and SAUCES thick or thin, or white or brown, clean or full in the mouth?
"The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual" by William Kitchiner
When well growing, they should be thinned to six or eight inches in the row.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
Valves white, tinged with orange, smooth, moderately thin, occasionally with faint traces of striae radiating from the umbones.
"A Monograph on the Sub-class Cirripedia (Volume 1 of 2)" by Charles Darwin
I do not thin the fruit while on the trees, they usually thin themselves.
"The Apple" by Various
Sliced thin, and placed between thin slices of bread, make delicious sandwiches.
"Home Pork Making" by A. W. Fulton
Note just ventral to the rectum a large thin-walled membranous sac.
"Elementary Zoology, Second Edition" by Vernon L. Kellogg
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In poetry:

Somewhere in air
a stillness is, So far, so thin-
But let it alone.
Whoever we are
it is not for us
"Nothing Stays" by Mark Van Doren
I did not have this face I have today,
So calm, so sad, so thin,
Nor these empty eyes,
Nor these bitter lips.
"Portrait " by Cecilia Meireles
He told a story to her,
A story full of dreams--
And was it of the Elfin things
That haunt the thin moonbeams?
"Under The Rose" by Madison Julius Cawein
And like meadow mist through autumn's dawn
Uprolling thin,
Its thickest folds when about thee drawn
Let sunlight in.
"My Soul And I" by John Greenleaf Whittier
A time as thin as a shadow,
And so very far away
That it seems but a strange faint echo
That is heard from a former day.
"An Old Copy Of Dante" by Alexander Anderson
So she turn'd an' gaed doon to the auld wud brig,
As ye see her gang the noo,
Wi' the same waefu' smile on her thin white lips,
An' the sorrow upon her broo.
"Daft Ailie" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

) made thinly veiled attacks on President Ma Ying-jeou (???
Fideos are thin toasted noodles used in Spanish soups and stews.
Capers working wonders with Packers' thinned defense unit.
1 small, thin-skinned lemon, thinly sliced 1 cup water 2 Tbsp.
As a top fashion model, Carre Otis made her living on looking thin and beautiful.
Although revisiting an old flame may be tempting, take into precaution the very thin line you're balancing on.
Book on making of 'Animal House' is cheery if thin.
" Eccentricity " is in Against Thin.
Now shipping, the Crestron TPMC-4SM is an ultra-thin, affordable PoE (Power over Ethernet) touchpanel that features single-wire connectivity and an assortment of mounting options.
Recipes courtesy Emeril Lagasse, adapted from Emeril 's Creole Christmas, William Morrow & Company Inc, New York, 1997, courtesy Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. 2 medium-size yellow onions, thinly sliced (about 6 cups).
"I blame Pamela Anderson for the thin brow everyone had in the '90s," says Kristie Streicher, a brow groomer at Streicher Beauty Bar at Warren Tricomi in Los Angeles and New York City.
Chu said the thin-film technology used there has "huge market potential".
Ounces thin asparagus spears, trimmed.
Thin and light aluminum design.
Shawn Massey, a thin and tidy 37-year-old black man with an understandably tense face, knows this all too well.
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In science:

Arrows correspond to generator bq = STq , thin lines to generator a2 = S = S−1 .
Random walks on hyperbolic groups and their Riemann surfaces
Thin arrows correspond to ˜a, thick ones to ˜b.
Random walks on hyperbolic groups and their Riemann surfaces
This justifies the approach of BCS to integrate Eq. (1) only in a thin layer across the Fermi surface .
Understanding BCS Theory
This also justifies the BCS approach to integrate Eq. (1) only in a thin layer: otherwise we have hk > 1 or < 0.
Understanding BCS Theory
The spectrum of magnetic ICS calculated numerically to model the Vela pulsar is shown in Fig.5 with thin solid line.
Neutron Stars as Sources of High Energy Particles - the case of RPP
Angular momentum transport between adjacent annuli in a thin accretion disk.
Is Angular Momentum in an Accretion Disk Transported Inwards?
Thin arrows correspond to a, thick ones to b.
Random walks on the braid group B_3 and magnetic translations in hyperbolic geometry
Singular hypersurfaces and thin shells in general relativity.
Nonlinear distributional geometry and general relativity
Within the D ′ -framework it is nevertheless possible to consistently describe sources of the gravitational field concentrated (i.e., the energy-momentum tensor supported) on a submanifold of codimension one in spacetime (so-called thin shells, cf. ).
Generalized pseudo-Riemannian geometry
Singular hypersurfaces and thin shells in general relativity.
Generalized pseudo-Riemannian geometry
N > 1000 for the case of very thin cylinders with the cylinder radius r = 0.001.
Anomalous finite-size effects and canonical asymptotic behaviors for the mean-squared gyration radius of Gaussian random knots
The computed potential is thus that of an infinitely thin disk with surface density Σthin (r, θ).
On the Spiral Structure of NGC 2915 and Dark Matter
Also, it was employed in to test stability in the isotropic Schwarzschild thin disk, and thin disks of single and composite halos generated from the Buchdahl solution and Narlikar, Patwardhan and Vaidya solution by using the displace, cut and reflect method.
On the stability of general relativistic geometric thin disks
If this generation is thin but also has size larger than c log n, generation d − L + 2c1 is unlikely to be thin, and so on.
The phase transition in inhomogeneous random graphs
Y is CAT (0) =⇒ thin-framed triangles are thin =⇒ geodesics are unique.
Thin triangles and a multiplicative ergodic theorem for Teichm\"uller geometry
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