from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Relatively small in extent from one surface to the opposite, usually in the smallest solid dimension: a thin book.
- adj. Not great in diameter or cross section; fine: thin wire.
- adj. Lean or slender in form, build, or stature.
- adj. Not dense or concentrated; sparse: the thin vegetation of the plateau.
- adj. More rarefied than normal: thin air.
- adj. Flowing with relative ease; not viscous: a thin oil.
- adj. Watery: thin soup.
- adj. Sparsely supplied or provided; scanty: a thin menu; thin trading.
- adj. Lacking force or substance; flimsy: a thin attempt.
- adj. Lacking resonance or fullness; tinny: The piano had a thin sound.
- adj. Lacking radiance or intensity: thin light.
- adj. Not having enough photographic density or contrast to make satisfactory prints. Used of a negative.
- adv. In a thin manner: Spread the varnish thin if you don't want it to wrinkle.
- adv. So as to be thin: Cut the cheese thin.
- transitive v. To make or become thin or thinner.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having little thickness or extent from one surface to its opposite.
- adj. Very narrow in all diameters; having a cross section that is small in all directions.
- adj. Having little body fat or flesh; slim; slender; lean; gaunt.
- adj. Of low viscosity or low specific gravity, e.g., as is water compared to honey.
- adj. Scarce.
- adj. Describing a poorly played golf shot where the ball is struck by the bottom part of the club head. See fat, shank, toe.
- n. A loss or tearing of paper from the back of a stamp, although not sufficient to create a complete hole.
- v. To make thin or thinner.
- v. To become thin or thinner.
- v. To dilute.
- v. To remove some plants in order to improve the growth of those remaining.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having little thickness or extent from one surface to its opposite
- adj. Rare; not dense or thick; -- applied to fluids or soft mixtures.
- adj. 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
- adj. Not full or well grown; wanting in plumpness.
- adj. Not stout; slim; slender; lean; gaunt.
- adj. Wanting in body or volume; small; feeble; not full.
- adj. Slight; small; slender; flimsy; wanting substance or depth or force; superficial; inadequate; not sufficient for a covering.
- adv. Not thickly or closely; in a seattered state.
- transitive v. To make thin (in any of the senses of the adjective).
- intransitive v. To grow or become thin; -- used with some adverbs, as out, away, etc..
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 14. In art, characterized, in composition, by few and widely separated elements, by absence of serious interest, or by lack of body and force in technique.
- Very narrow in all diameters; slender; slim; long and fine: as, a thin wire; a thin string.
- Very narrow in one diameter; having the opposite surfaces very near together; having little thickness or depth; not thick; not heavy: as, thin paper; thin boards: opposed to thick.
- Having the constituent parts loose or sparse in arrangement; lacking density, compactness, or luxuriance; rare; specifically, of the air and other gases, rarefied.
- Hence, easily seen through; transparent, literally or figuratively; shallow; flimsy; slight: as, a thin disguise.
- Having slight consistency or viscosity: said of liquids: as, thin syrup; thin gruel.
- Deficient in some characteristic or important ingredient; lacking strength or richness; specifically, of liquors, small: opposed to strong.
- Of sound, lacking in fullness; faint, and often somewhat shrill or metallic in tone.
- Limited in power or capacity; feeble; weak.
- Meager; lean; spare; not plump or fat.
- Limited in quantity or number; small or infrequent; scanty.
- Scantily occupied or furnished; bare; empty: used absolutely or with of.
- Having no depth: said of a school of fish.
- Having insufficient density or contrast to give a good photographic print or a satisfactory image on the screen; weak: said of a negative or a lantern-slide.
- To make thin.
- To make less dense or compact; make sparse; specifically, to rarefy, as a gas.
- To reduce in consistency or viscosity: said of liquids: as, to thin starch.
- To reduce in strength or richness: as, to thin the blood.
- To make lean or spare.
- To reduce in numbers or frequency.
- To make bare or empty.
- To become thin.
- A Middle English form of thine.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture
- adj. not dense
- v. lose thickness; become thin or thinner
- adj. lacking excess flesh
- adj. (of sound) lacking resonance or volume
- adj. very narrow
- adv. without viscosity
- v. take off weight
- adj. lacking spirit or sincere effort
- v. make thin or thinner
- adj. lacking substance or significance
- adj. of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite or in cross section
- adj. relatively thin in consistency or low in density; not viscous
Middle English, from Old English thynne; see ten- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English thin, thinne, from Old English þynne, from Proto-Germanic *þunnuz (“thin”), (compare Proto-Germanic *þanjanan (“to stretch, spread out”)), from Proto-Indo-European *ténh₂us (“thin”), from Proto-Indo-European *tenw(ə)- (“to pull, stretch”). (Wiktionary)