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  • n. The quality of being flimsy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality of being flimsy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being flimsy; thin, weak texture; weakness; want of substance or solidity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the property of weakness by virtue of careless construction


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  • Now, there is a peculiarity in Rubens 'method, and which strictly belongs to his colouring, from which arises what may be not improperly designated flimsiness, that is, the leaving too much of the first getting in of his picture, the first transparent sketchy brown.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, Number 385. November, 1847.

  • But sitting here today, given Rodriguez's overwhelming credentials (which surpass even Bagwell's) and the flimsiness of the steroids evidence against him -- far less than what is known (or alleged) in regards to Palmeiro, McGwire, Bonds, Clemens or Sosa -- I suspect he would eventually get in.

    Can we still call Pudge a "future Hall-of-Famer"?

  • Despite the flimsiness of their tent, the Jouberts say they've never been attacked by lions, and only once by a thirsty elephant who tried to steal their water, dragging their accommodations, apparently while they were outside, into a dry riverbed.

    Directing Traffic on Safari

  • He then says the length of the list, plus its “flimsiness,” points towards his more esoteric interpretation.

    Can't I just be pro-transportation?

  • Sydney Chaffee continued, "I've gotten closer to achieving a balance between two extremes in my own intentions -- the extreme concreteness of many 9th graders' first intentions and the extreme flimsiness of the overly poetic, grand intentions of my first few years which were hard for me to know if I was actually doing."

    Meg Campbell: What's Your Intention This School Year?

  • The swans who don't conform, who throw punches; the uber-lipsticked prince who blankly gestures "huh?" when Swan Queen Odette unspools a sequence of nose-in-the-air fingerplay and arm-waving that approximates a 19th-century mime sequence carried out with 21st-century flimsiness.

    Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo: Divas infuse humor, character in dances

  • I think the biggest problem I have with the pan is its flimsiness.

    Facing My Fear of Silicone Bakeware

  • The mixing of metaphors alone betrays the flimsiness of that analysis.

    2012: A U.S. Referendum on Europe

  • I'm being facetious, but it shows at once the flimsiness of Chaplin's argument and the instinctive response that Guy Product Managers like us will make "Well, that's where the market is!"

    Kicking The Dog

  • The length of the list of reasons, and the flimsiness of each, points to this conclusion: the real reason for progressives' passion for trains is their goal of diminishing Americans' individualism in order to make them more amenable to collectivism.

    Notable & Quotable


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