• We ain't no thin red 'eroes,
    We ain't no thin red 'eroes,
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n thinness a consistency of low viscosity "he disliked the thinness of the soup"
    • n thinness the property of having little body fat
    • n thinness relatively small dimension through an object as opposed to its length or width "the tenuity of a hair","the thinness of a rope"
    • n thinness the property of being scanty or scattered; lacking denseness
    • n thinness the property of being very narrow or thin "he marvelled at the fineness of her hair"
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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
    • n Thinness The quality or state of being thin (in any of the senses of the word).
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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.
    • n thinness The state or property of being thin.
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If you're on thin ice, you might as well dance.”
  • Havelock Ellis
    “All civilization has from time to time become a thin crust over a volcano of revolution.”
  • Fulton John Sheen
    Fulton John Sheen
    “Baloney is flattery laid on so thick it cannot be true, and blarney is flattery so thin we love it.”
  • Cyril Connolly
    “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.”
  • Lao-Tzu
    “A tree trunk the size of a man grows from a blade as thin as a hair. A tower nine stories high is built from a small heap of earth.”


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


In literature:

Come; it is an adventure to see a tall, thin old man in a dressing-gown and a red woolen nightcap.
"54-40 or Fight" by Emerson Hough
His thin eyebrows drew together in an ugly frown.
"The Story of the Foss River Ranch" by Ridgwell Cullum
Sufficient corn-flour must be added not to make it thick but like very thin gum.
"Cassell's Vegetarian Cookery" by A. G. Payne
They consider us more thin twice as vallyable, or annyhow more thin twice as dangerous as dogs.
"Mr. Dooley Says" by Finley Dunne
He had arrived late, and the rooms were already thinning.
"Red Pottage" by Mary Cholmondeley
The darkness grew denser and heavier, but after a while it began to thin and lighten.
"The Free Rangers" by Joseph A. Altsheler
That time he had flung her across the room, breaking her thin little arm.
"Captivity" by M. Leonora Eyles
If there is a thin thing some are not hearing what some one has been saying who has been saying that the thin thing is a thin thing.
"Matisse Picasso and Gertrude Stein" by Gertrude Stein
She had a pale, thin face and thin faded hair.
"The Poor Little Rich Girl" by Eleanor Gates
The figure that he saw was thin and six feet four; the face that he saw was thin and long.
"The Texan Star" by Joseph A. Altsheler

In poetry:

See, see the heartless dawn,
With naked, chilly arms latticed across!
Another weary day of moaning loss
On the thin-shadowed lawn!
"The Tree's Prayer" by George MacDonald
A faint, unearthly music rings
From you to Heaven—it is not far!
A mist about your beauty clings
Like a thin cloud before a star.
"Prevision" by Aline Murray Kilmer
In Flanders' woods on hurrying wings
Every day and all day long
The seeking bullet flies and sings
Thin and shrill its bridal song.
"Flanders' Woods" by Cicely Fox Smith
You said as your thin lips curled:
“Money is better than bays.”
Battered and bruised by the world!
I still have my golden days.
"Riches" by George Essex Evans
She kissed it on lip and forehead,
She kissed it on cheek and chink
And she bared her snow-white bosom
To the lips so pale and thin.
"The Changeling ( From The Tent on the Beach )" by John Greenleaf Whittier
From dawn to dark, on rubagub bark
We fed, till we all had grown
Uncommonly thin. Then a boat blew in
On a wind from the torriby zone.
"The Walloping Window Blind" by Charles Edward Carryl

In news:

One thin red line connects elected officials: staying out of the economic red.
The vineyards of Alsace run in a long, thin strip, north to south, along the eastern slopes of the Vosges Mountains, which protect Alsace from western prevailing weather and make the vineyards the driest in France.
I was thin, but that's because I was doing shows, working really hard.
Cup thinly sliced red onion.
Dell announced on Dec 13 that it had reached an agreement to pay $960 million for Compellent to add virtualized data storage and thin provisioning to its line of SAN products.
Onion, halved and thinly sliced.
Some of its glaciers are thinning.
They say he is an older black male with a thin build.
It looks like Lindsay Lohan has started to use the public's hunger for pictures of her to the benefit of her wallet—something that has reportedly been a little thin of late.
Any type of thin, white paper will do, as will any color of crayon .
Thin characters drag down 'Prometheus'.
Apply a thin, even coat of Mod Podge adhesive to the bottom of the first drawer .
For a do-it-yourself project, you could even make your own separators out of thin strips of wood.
The line between what's real and what's not is thin and shifting, and the US Department of Homeland Security has decided to explore both sides.
Pennsylvania levies big fines, but in Texas the gas industry turns frac-fluid disclosure into thin soup.

In science:

Fig. 10 Thin films in a magnetic field (Figs. 11 and 12 of ). (a) Tunneling conductance from a normal metal through a tunnel barrier into a thin superconducting Al film, as function of voltage, for several magnetic fields labeled in increasing order “a” to “f ”.
Review: Superconductivity in ultrasmall metallic grains
We further note that extrapolation of the optically thin synchrotron component from the near-infrared to higher frequencies coincides with the observed X-ray spectrum, supporting models in which the X-rays could originate via optically thin synchrotron emission from the jet (possibly instead of Comptonisation).
Near-infrared synchrotron emission from the compact jet of GX339-4
The thin solid curve is the GRB-derived distribution from Fig.6 (XDGRB case), while the thin dotted curve is the expected distribution from the ‘BATSE’ case.
Fast X-ray Transients and Their Connection to Gamma-Ray Bursts
In Fig. 7, the local emissivity of every annulus of the disk, for the S(0) and S(1) lines, is plotted as a function of radius for three different cases, i.e.: (i) optically thin emission, γ = 1, (ii) optically thin emission, γ = 1.5, and (iii) optically thick emission.
Probing the rotation curve of the outer accretion disk in FU Orionis objects with long-wavelength spectroscopy
On the other hand, optically thick emission tends to contribute more than optically thin emission at larger radii, because in our models the temperature profile in the outer disk is approximately constant, while the optically thin emissivity rapidly decreases, being proportional to the surface density profile.
Probing the rotation curve of the outer accretion disk in FU Orionis objects with long-wavelength spectroscopy