• WordNet 3.6
    • adj slender being of delicate or slender build "she was slender as a willow shoot is slender"- Frank Norris","a slim girl with straight blonde hair","watched her slight figure cross the street"
    • adj slender moving and bending with ease
    • adj slender small in quantity "slender wages","a slim chance of winning","a small surplus"
    • adj slender having little width in proportion to the length or height "a slender pole"
    • adj slender very narrow "a thin line across the page"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Slender Moderate; trivial; inconsiderable; slight; as, a man of slender intelligence. "A slender degree of patience will enable him to enjoy both the humor and the pathos."
    • Slender Small or narrow in proportion to the length or the height; not thick; slim; as, a slender stem or stalk of a plant. "A slender , choleric man.""She, as a veil down to the slender waist,
      Her unadorned golden tresses wore."
    • Slender Small; inadequate; meager; pitiful; as, slender means of support; a slender pittance. "Frequent begging makes slender alms."
    • Slender Spare; abstemious; frugal; as, a slender diet. "The good Ostorius often deigned
      To grace my slender table with his presence."
    • Slender (Phon) Uttered with a thin tone; -- the opposite of broad; as, the slender vowels long e and i .
    • Slender Weak; feeble; not strong; slight; as, slender hope; a slender constitution. "Mighty hearts are held in slender chains.""They have inferred much from slender premises.""The slender utterance of the consonants."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • slender Small in width or diameter as compared with the length; slim; thin: as, a slender stem or stalk; a slender waist.
    • slender In zoology, gracile; tenuous; attenuated: specifically noting various animals and some parts of animals.
    • slender Weak; feeble; slight; lacking body or strength: as, a slender frame or constitution; slender hopes; slender comfort.
    • slender Meager; small; scant; inadequate: as, slender means; slender alms.
    • slender Moderate; inconsiderable; trivial.
    • slender Not amply supplied.
    • slender In phonography, the opposite of broad or open. Thus, ē and ī are slender vowels.
    • slender Synonyms Fragile, flimsy, frail.
    • slender Scanty, sparing, lean.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Slender slen′dėr thin or narrow: feeble: inconsiderable: simple: meagre, inadequate, poorly furnished
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  • Gore Vidal
    “To a man, ornithologists are tall, slender, and bearded so that they can stand motionless for hours, imitating kindly trees, as they watch for birds.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “The most fatal disease of friendship is gradual decay, or dislike hourly increased by causes too slender for complaint, and too numerous for removal.”
  • George Washington
    “A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “Great innovations should not be forced on slender majorities.”
  • Martin Tupper
    Martin Tupper
    “Prayer is the slender nerve that moves the muscle of omnipotence.”
  • Ovid
    “All things human hang by a slender thread; and that which seemed to stand strong suddenly falls and sinks in ruins.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. slendre, sclendre, fr. OD. slinder, thin, slender, perhaps through a French form; cf. OD. slinderen, slidderen, to creep; perh. akin to E. slide,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Old Dut. slinder, thin, slinderen, to drag; cf. Ger. schlendern, to saunter.


In literature:

Grant me my life; what do you want with such a slender little fellow as I?
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
There was a short, slender squeak, and then a "crunch," like the cracking of a hazel-nut.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
He was a singularly attractive person, slender, distinguished, highly finished in black and white.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
A slender piece of timber used as a lever to propel a boat through the water.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Her companion was as tall, but more slender.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird
The =stem= is very slender, becoming hollow, often curved.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
He was a tall young man, slender, and narrow shouldered, a youth not yet eighteen.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
She was slender and fair as moonlight, and the most graceful of all the sisters.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
The girl stood before him slender and straight.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
Could he afford to lose that amount from his slender store of dollars?
"Mountain Blood" by Joseph Hergesheimer

In poetry:

But such wild, such bitter grieving
Fits not slender boys like thee;
Such deep sighs should not be heaving
Breasts so young as thine must be.
"Gloomily the Clouds" by Anne Bronte
It was so frail and so fair to view—
So slender of stem, and so soft of hue!
Poor flower ! How came it there?
So frail!—so sweet!—so fair!
"To The Departed" by Ernest Jones
A slender, haunting, twilight form
Of wonder and surprise,
She seemed a fairy or a child,
Till, deep within her eyes,
I saw the homeward-leading star
Of womanhood arise.
"Hesper" by Henry Van Dyke
Give me, oh you whose arms are soft and slender,
Whose eyes are nothing but one long caress,
Against your heart, so innocent and tender,
A little Love and some Forgetfulness.
"The Garden" by Laurence Hope
In hope of thee my heart
Pickt here and there a crumme, and would not die; But constant to his part,
When as my fears foretold this, did replie,
A slender thread a gentle guest will tie.
"The Glimpse" by George Herbert
I shall not forget you. The years may be tender,
But vain are their efforts to soften my smart;
And the strong hands of Time are too feeble and slender
To garland the grave that is made in my heart.
"I Shall Not Forget" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

Sights On Expanded System Applications to High-speed, Slender Hull-form Ships.
Tall and slender, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney was nothing like the squat, unpolished granite museum built in her name on Madison Avenue.
Despite the slenderness of this collection of essays on the zen of cool by several influential cultural visionaries, Walker (Black, White and Jewish) knows how to approach a fashionable theme from all angles.
Soon, you spy the slender lighthouse tower at Robinson Point, built in 1907.
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy throws her ( slender ) weight behind gay rights bill.
Slender victory isn't much of a mandate.
My oldest Dylan, is 13 and so far I'm okay with this game he plays on occasion, Slender Man.
There is a push to make a Slender Man movie.
Solid win in Arizona for Romney, but slender margin in home state shows weakness.
It was slender, about 12-inches long, 1 1/2 inches in diameter and wrapped in plastic.
Slender, attractive and easy to put together, the " tumbler bento" is the new shape of lunch on the run.
"It makes you look very slender.".
T alk about a slender reed.
One of my favorite selections, however, is cubes of slender Asian eggplants , which.
Then I saw the ad, which uses slender models to demonstrate how Curve ID "custom fits" 80% of American women.

In science:

This problem was analyzed in detail using slender body theory for sinusoidal waveforms, and the optimal flagellum length to body size ratio was found to be L/a ≈ 25 [310].
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
When hydrodynamic interactions are also taken into account, the optimal ratio has been determined numerically to be L/a ≈ 10 using slender-body theory [312] and ≈ 12 using three-dimensional boundary elements [314] (see also Ref. ).
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Flagellar hydrodynamics - Comparison between resistiveforce theory and slender-body theory.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Slender body theory for particles of arbitrary cross section in Stokes flow. J.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Axial and transverse Stokes flow past slender axisymmetric bodies. J.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms