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THIN, a. [L. tenuis; Gr. narrow.]

1. Having little thickness or extent from one surface to the opposite; as a thin plate of metal; thin paper; a thin board; a thin covering.

2. Rare; not dense; applied to fluids or to soft mixtures; as thin blood; thin milk; thin air.

In the day, when the air is more thin.

3. Not close; not crowded; not filling the space; not having the individuals that compose the thing in a close or compact state; as, the trees of a forest are thin; the corn or grass is thin. A thin audience in church is not uncommon. Important legislative business should not be transacted in a thin house.

4. Not full or well grown.

Seven thin ears. Gen.41.

5. Slim; small; slender; lean. A person becomes thin by disease. Some animals are naturally thin.

6. Exile; small; fine; not full.

Thin hollow sounds, and lamentable screams.

7. Not thick or close; of a loose texture; not impervious to the sight; as a thin vail.

8. Not crowded or well stocked; not abounding.

Ferrara is very large, but extremely thin of people.

9. Slight; not sufficient for a covering; as a thin disguise.

THIN, adv. Not thickly or closely; in a scattered state; as seed sown thin.

Spain is thin sown as people.

THIN, v.t. [L. tenuo. See Attenuate.]

1. To make thin; to make rare or less thick; to attenuate; as, to thin the blood.

2. To make less close, crowded or numerous; as, to thin the ranks of an enemy; to thin the trees or shrubs of a thicket.

3. To attenuate; to rarefy; to make less dense; as, to thin the air; to thin the vapors.



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THIN, a. [L. tenuis; Gr. narrow.]

1. Having little thickness or extent from one surface to the opposite; as a thin plate of metal; thin paper; a thin board; a thin covering.

2. Rare; not dense; applied to fluids or to soft mixtures; as thin blood; thin milk; thin air.

In the day, when the air is more thin.

3. Not close; not crowded; not filling the space; not having the individuals that compose the thing in a close or compact state; as, the trees of a forest are thin; the corn or grass is thin. A thin audience in church is not uncommon. Important legislative business should not be transacted in a thin house.

4. Not full or well grown.

Seven thin ears. Gen.41.

5. Slim; small; slender; lean. A person becomes thin by disease. Some animals are naturally thin.

6. Exile; small; fine; not full.

Thin hollow sounds, and lamentable screams.

7. Not thick or close; of a loose texture; not impervious to the sight; as a thin vail.

8. Not crowded or well stocked; not abounding.

Ferrara is very large, but extremely thin of people.

9. Slight; not sufficient for a covering; as a thin disguise.

THIN, adv. Not thickly or closely; in a scattered state; as seed sown thin.

Spain is thin sown as people.

THIN, v.t. [L. tenuo. See Attenuate.]

1. To make thin; to make rare or less thick; to attenuate; as, to thin the blood.

2. To make less close, crowded or numerous; as, to thin the ranks of an enemy; to thin the trees or shrubs of a thicket.

3. To attenuate; to rarefy; to make less dense; as, to thin the air; to thin the vapors.

THIN, a. [Sax. thinn, thynn; G. dünn; D. dun; Sw. tunn; Dan. tynd; W. tenau, teneu; L. tenuis; Gaelic, tanadh; Russ. tonkei. Qu. Gr. στενος, narrow. It appears to be connected with W. ten, tan, stretched, extended, Gr. τεινω. Qa. Ar. وَدَنَ wadana. In sense it is allied to Syr. Heb. Ch. and Eth. קטן, but I know not whether the first consonant of this word is a prefix. See Class Dn, No. 12, 25.]

  1. Having little thickness or extent from one surface to the opposite; as, a thin plate of metal; thin paper; a thin board; a thin covering.
  2. Rare; not dense; applied to fluids or soft mixtures; as, thin blood; thin milk; thin air. In the day when the air is more thin. Bacon.
  3. Not close; not crowded; not filling the space; not having the individuals that compose the thing in a close or compact state; as, the trees of a forest are thin; the corn or grass is thin. A thin audience in church is not uncommon. Important legislative business should not be transacted in a thin house.
  4. Not full or well grown. Seven thin cars. Gen xli.
  5. Slim; small; slender; lean. A person becomes thin by disease. Some animals are naturally thin.
  6. Exile; small; fine; not full. Thin hollow sounds, and lamentable screams. Dryden.
  7. Not thick or close; of a loose texture; not impervious to the sight; as, a thin vail.
  8. Not crowded or well stocked; not abounding. Ferrara is very large, but extremely thin of people. Addison.
  9. Slight; not sufficient for a covering; as, a thin disguise.

THIN, adv.

Not thickly or closely; a scattered state; as, seed sown thin. Spain is thin sown of people. Bacon.


THIN, v.t. [Sax. thinnian; Russ. tonyu; L. tenuo. See Attenuate.]

  1. To make thin; to make rare or less thick; to attenuate; as, to thin the blood.
  2. To make less close, crowded or numerous; as, to thin the ranks of an enemy; to thin the trees or shrubs of a thicket.
  3. To attenuate; to rarefy; to make less dense; as, to thin the air; to thin the vapors. Thin out, in geology: when strata diminish in thickness until they disappear, they are said to thin out.

Thin
  1. 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.
  2. Not thickly or closely; in a seattered state; as, seed sown thin.

    Spain is thin sown of people. Bacon.

  3. To make thin (in any of the senses of the adjective).
  4. 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.
  5. Rare; not dense or thick; -- applied to fluids or soft mixtures; as, thin blood; thin broth; thin air.

    Shak.

    In the day, when the air is more thin. Bacon.

    Satan, bowing low
    His gray dissimulation, disappeared,
    Into thin air diffused.
    Milton.

  6. 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. Addison.

  7. Not full or well grown; wanting in plumpness.

    Seven thin ears . . . blasted with the east wind. Gen. xli. 6.

  8. Not stout; slim; slender; lean; gaunt; as, a person becomes thin by disease.
  9. Wanting in body or volume; small; feeble; not full.

    Thin, hollow sounds, and lamentable screams. Dryden.

  10. 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. Chaucer.

    * Thin is used in the formation of compounds which are mostly self-explaining; as, thin-faced, thin-lipped, thin-peopled, thin-shelled, and the like.

    Thin section. See under Section.

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Thin

THIN, adjective [Latin tenuis; Gr. narrow.]

1. Having little thickness or extent from one surface to the opposite; as a thin plate of metal; thin paper; a thin board; a thin covering.

2. Rare; not dense; applied to fluids or to soft mixtures; as thin blood; thin milk; thin air.

In the day, when the air is more thin

3. Not close; not crowded; not filling the space; not having the individuals that compose the thing in a close or compact state; as, the trees of a forest are thin; the corn or grass is thin A thin audience in church is not uncommon. Important legislative business should not be transacted in a thin house.

4. Not full or well grown.

Seven thin ears. Genesis 41:6.

5. Slim; small; slender; lean. A person becomes thin by disease. Some animals are naturally thin

6. Exile; small; fine; not full.

THIN hollow sounds, and lamentable screams.

7. Not thick or close; of a loose texture; not impervious to the sight; as a thin vail.

8. Not crowded or well stocked; not abounding.

Ferrara is very large, but extremely thin of people.

9. Slight; not sufficient for a covering; as a thin disguise.

THIN, adverb Not thickly or closely; in a scattered state; as seed sown thin

Spain is thin sown as people.

THIN, verb transitive [Latin tenuo. See Attenuate.]

1. To make thin; to make rare or less thick; to attenuate; as, to thin the blood.

2. To make less close, crowded or numerous; as, to thin the ranks of an enemy; to thin the trees or shrubs of a thicket.

3. To attenuate; to rarefy; to make less dense; as, to thin the air; to thin the vapors.

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