from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Slender character, quality, or condition.

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  • noun The property of being slender.

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

  • noun the quality of being slight or inadequate
  • noun relatively small dimension through an object as opposed to its length or width
  • noun the property of an attractively thin person


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  • And her young womanhood was so withdrawn from the usual thoughts and projects of her age that Kirsteen had put on something of the dignified manners of a person much older, although her fresh youthful colour, the milk-white brow and throat, the ruddy hair all curly with vigour and life, showed no premature fading, and her person, which was always beautifully clothed, and fitted to perfection, had improved in slenderness and grace.

    Kirsteen: The Story of a Scotch Family Seventy Years Ago

  • I was still somewhat thin, but now it could be called slenderness, not thinness.

    Tramping on Life

  • I was still somewhat thin, but now it could be called slenderness, not thinness.

    Tramping on Life An Autobiographical Narrative

  • HebrewPunk comes in at just under 150 large-print pages, but in part the slenderness is a function of the leanness of Tidhar’s style.

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  • She had by her costume exaggerated in a most ostentatious way a slenderness which is elegant under the veils and ample drapery of the Grecian and Roman heroines, but which is objectionable in modern dress.

    My Double Life The Memoirs of Sarah Bernhardt

  • It's also completely sexless and tricky to pull off if you're not blessed with legs of a slenderness usually associated with race horses.

    What I bought this week: witty tights

  • He liked her for the strength of her slenderness; and to walk with her, swinging her step and stride to his, or to merely watch her come across a room or down the street, was a delight.


  • More than ever seeming the creature of ill omen which he has been to Mexico, the bandit leader, almost six feet in height and thin to the point of slenderness, stared out into the darkness, the blackness of his charro suit accentuated by the light which flowed around him.

    The Zapata interview

  • The big burger blitz comes as the Japanese, famed for their fish-and-rice diet and general slenderness, have been plumping up over the years.

    Beefing Up McDonald's

  • This second generation comes available in a smaller, 11.6-inch version yet still manages to feature a full-size keyboard, a zippy Intel Core Duo 2 processor and its iPad-level slenderness and weight 2.3 pounds makes it barely noticeable in any backpack or large handbag.

    These Laptops Go to Eleven


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