• WordNet 3.6
    • n thinner a diluting agent
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In many of the milk ads that are shown, a mix of thinner and white paint is used instead of milk
    • n Thinner One who thins, or makes thinner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There are more than 500 varieties of banana in the world: The most common kinds are Dwarf Cavendish, Valery, and Williams Hybrid bananas. Other types of bananas include Apple and a small red banana called the Red Jamaica. A large type of banana called the plantain is hard and starchy and is almost eaten as a cooked vegetable. The Cavendish is the most common variety of bananas now imported to the United States. The Cavendish is a shorter, stubbier plant than earlier varieties. It was developed to resist plant diseases, insects and windstorms better than its predecessors. The Cavendish fruit is of medium size, has a creamier, smooth texture, and a thinner peel than earlier varieties.
    • n thinner Specifically, a liquid used in thinning down a paste paint. Liquids so used are linseed-oil, Japan drier, and turpentine. A keg of lead bought by a painter is a paste paint. It is dry white lead ground in linseed-oil in the proportion of 92 pounds of dry lead to 8 pounds of oil. The painter then adds thinners until the paint will work under his brush. Jour. Franklin Inst., July, 1904, p. 17.
    • n thinner One who or that which thins.
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    “The thinner the ice, the more anxious is everyone to see whether it will bear.”
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    “Often I think writing is a sheer paring away of oneself leaving always something thinner, barer, more meager.”


In literature:

The face was thinner, the eyes too bright, the flush upon the hollow cheek had a hectic tinge, the voice was feebler.
"Phantom Fortune, A Novel" by M. E. Braddon
This Warbler is thinner, with a slender bill that curves a little down, like the Brown Creeper's.
"Citizen Bird" by Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
It is well to have it a little thinner at first than is desirable for serving, as it will thicken by cooking.
"Science in the Kitchen." by Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
His face was sterner and thinner and whiter than before, and there were traces of thought in the deep shadows beneath his eyes.
"A Roman Singer" by F. Marion Crawford
He was thinner, gaunter, more Don Quixotish than usual.
"The Purple Heights" by Marie Conway Oemler
Life has a thinner rind, and so a livelier sap.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2)" by Frederic G. Kenyon
The thinner the veneer of civilized habit, the more easily the animal, always waiting and craving war, breaks through.
"The Last Shot" by Frederick Palmer
Beefsteak for frying should be cut much thinner than for broiling.
"The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887)" by Mrs. F.L. Gillette
She seemed slightly thinner now, yet not less beautiful.
"54-40 or Fight" by Emerson Hough
I saw that her belt was drawn tighter about a thinner waist.
"The Way of a Man" by Emerson Hough

In poetry:

She's poorly still.
I fancy every day she's growing thinner.
I am sure she's wasting steadily.
"Within and Without: Part II: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald
Johnnie said it, Johnnie seekin
Sicht o' Mally's face,
Keekin i' the hedge o' holly
For a thinner place.
"Ower The Hedge" by George MacDonald
When one’s child – the life’s thread’s thinner,
Days are shorter in that age…
Do not scold a little ‘sinner’,
Pet a child without edge.
"Children" by Innokentii Fedorovich Annensky
I drink wine by the eastern fence in the yellow dusk.
Now a dark fragrance fills my sleeves and makes me spin.
The bamboo blinds sway in the west wind.
And I am even thinner than a yellow flower.
"Tz'u No. 18" by Li Ching Chao
Duty?--Comfort of the sinner
And the saint!--when grief and trial
Weigh us, and within our inner
Selves,--responsive to love's viol,--
Hope's soft voice grows thin and thinner,
It is kin to self-denial.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part I" by Madison Julius Cawein
Now, a man in Oodnadatta
He grew fat, and he grew fatter,
Though he hardly had a thing to eat for dinner;
While a man in Booboorowie
Often sat and wondered how he
Could prevent himself from growing any thinner.
"A Change of Air" by C J Dennis

In news:

Thicker, older ice is less vulnerable than thinner ice to melting in the summer months.
The duo found evidence that the moon's interior is more battered than previously thought and the crust is thinner than expected.
J&J- Bayer Blood Thinner Wins Backing for Lung, Leg Clots.
European health regulators on Tuesday approved an eagerly anticipated blood thinner developed by.
Place skillet in the oven to finish cooking, about 7 to 8 minutes, depending on thickness of the pork chop (will take less time if chops are thinner and/or boneless).
Workers having hard time avoiding scratches on new, thinner, cases.
IPhone 5 will have thinner, better display.
Did Women Evolve To Prefer Thinner Men.
After reporting iPhone 5 rumors for 15 months now, we thought we'd seen them all: bigger, thinner, thicker, faster, cheaper, buttonless, the list goes on.
When it comes to thinner thighs , there's no exercise better than a squat.
Since then, fashion models have become increasingly thinner , with body weights nearly 25 percent less than the average American woman, who weighs 140 pounds.
It's thinner, lighter, bigger and faster.
Finally, though, even that bit of suspense fades (he never, never tires of using brand names), and " Thinner ," for all its padding, can be seen for what it is—a pretty thin book.
Top 10 Moves for Thinner Thighs.
Raiders' thin defense gets thinner .

In science:

The average pressure gradient between the center of the system and the surrounding vacuum is larger in the direction where the collision system is thinner.
Hydrodynamic Models for Heavy Ion Collisions
If depletion say by a factor of two were assumed rather than treated as an uncertainty which has the effect of widening the distribution functions in figures 2 and 4, the two lithium peaks would appear thinner and split further apart .
Primordial Nucleosynthesis
The gas accreted can, by its dissipative character, settle in a thin plane, and make the stellar disk thinner by its direct gravitational effect, and by the subsequent star formation.
Tidally-triggered disk thickening. II. Results and interpretations
There is some inconsistency for radii > 15 arcseconds where the figure seems to indicate that the thicker layer actually has less scattered light than the thinner ones.
Optical Tests of a 2.5-m diameter Liquid Mirror: Behavior under External Perturbations and Scattered Light Measurements
As a consequence, damping is not improved that much at the rim by decreasing layer thickness, particularly for the thinner layers.
Optical Tests of a 2.5-m diameter Liquid Mirror: Behavior under External Perturbations and Scattered Light Measurements