The definition of thin is having little depth, being lean or not having a lot of something.adjective
- An example of something thin is a thin coat of paint.
- An example of something thin is a menu with only five items on it.
To thin is defined as to make something slender, less fatty or less full of something.verb
An example of to thin is to add milk to a chocolate sauce.
Thin means in a slender or narrow way.adverb
An example of thin used as an adverb is the phrase "thin cut turkey" which means turkey that has been sliced small in depth.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- having relatively little depth; of little extent from one surface or side to the opposite: thin paper
- having relatively small diameter in relation to length: thin thread
- having little fat or flesh; lean; gaunt; slender
- having the constituent elements small in number and not close together; specif.,
- scanty in growth; sparsely distributed: thin hair
- small in size or number: thin receipts
- lacking body; not thick in consistency; watery: thin soup
- not dense or heavy: thin smoke, a thin snowfall
- rarefied, as air at high altitudes
- of little intensity; dim; faint; pale: thin colors
- of little volume or resonance; high-pitched and weak: a thin voice
- light or sheer, as fabric
- easily seen through; flimsy or unconvincing: a thin excuse
- lacking solidity, substance, or vigor; slight, weak, vapid, etc.: a thin plot, thin argument
- Photog. lacking in density (sense ): said of an underexposed or underdeveloped negative or print
Origin: ME thinne < OE thynne, akin to Ger dünn < IE *tenu-, thin < base *ten-, to stretch > L tenuis, thin, tenere, to hold, tendere & Gr teinein, to stretch
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adjective thin·ner, thin·nest
- a. Relatively small in extent from one surface to the opposite, usually in the smallest solid dimension: a thin book.b. Not great in diameter or cross section; fine: thin wire.
- Lean or slender in form, build, or stature.
- a. Not dense or concentrated; sparse: the thin vegetation of the plateau.b. More rarefied than normal: thin air.
- a. Flowing with relative ease; not viscous: a thin oil.b. Watery: thin soup.
- Sparsely supplied or provided; scanty: a thin menu; thin trading.
- Lacking force or substance; flimsy: a thin attempt.
- Lacking resonance or fullness; tinny: The piano had a thin sound.
- Lacking radiance or intensity: thin light.
- Not having enough photographic density or contrast to make satisfactory prints. Used of a negative.
- In a thin manner: Spread the varnish thin if you don't want it to wrinkle.
- So as to be thin: Cut the cheese thin.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English thynne; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
- thinˈly adverb
- thinˈness noun
- thinˈnish adjective