Thin a. [Compar. Thiner superl. Thinest.]
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. Rare; not dense or thick; -- applied to fluids or soft mixtures; as, thin blood; thin broth; thin air.
In the day, when the air is more thin. --Bacon.
Satan, bowing low
His gray dissimulation, disappeared,
Into thin air diffused. --Milton.
3. 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.
4. Not full or well grown; wanting in plumpness.
Seven thin ears . . . blasted with the east wind. --Gen. xli. 6.
5. Not stout; slim; slender; lean; gaunt; as, a person becomes thin by disease.
6. Wanting in body or volume; small; feeble; not full.
Thin, hollow sounds, and lamentable screams. --Dryden.
7. 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.
Note: ☞ 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.
Thin, adv. Not thickly or closely; in a seattered state; as, seed sown thin.
Spain is thin sown of people. --Bacon.
Thin, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Thinned p. pr. & vb. n. Thinning.] To make thin (in any of the senses of the adjective).
Thin, v. i. 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.
adj 1: of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite
or in cross section; "thin wire"; "a thin chiffon
blouse"; "a thin book"; "a thin layer of paint" [ant:
2: lacking excess flesh; "you can't be too rich or too thin";
"Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look"-Shakespeare [syn:
lean] [ant: fat]
3: very narrow; "a thin line across the page" [syn: slender]
4: having little substance or significance; "a flimsy excuse";
"slight evidence"; "a tenuous argument"; "a thin plot"
[syn: flimsy, slight, tenuous]
5: not dense; "a thin beard"; "trees were sparse" [syn: sparse]
6: relatively thin in consistency or low in density; not
viscous; "air is thin at high altitudes"; "a thin soup";
"skimmed milk is much thinner than whole milk"; "thin oil"
7: (of sound) lacking resonance or volume; "a thin feeble cry"
8: lacking spirit or sincere effort; "a thin smile"
adv : without viscosity; "the blood was flowing thin" [syn: thinly]
v 1: lose thickness; become thin or thinner [ant: thicken]
2: make thin or thinner; "Thin the solution" [ant: thicken]
3: lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture; "cut
bourbon" [syn: dilute, thin out, reduce, cut]
4: take off weight [syn: reduce, melt off, lose weight, slim,
slenderize, slim down] [ant: gain]
[also: thinning, thinned, thinnest, thinner]