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  • v. Present participle of thin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Specifically, in forestry, the removal of a part of the trees in order to improve a stand without inviting natural reproduction.

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  • n. the act of diluting something


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  • The long-term thinning trend is evident from observations, as well as computer modeling of the Arctic climate.

    Arctic sea ice melting unusually fast

  • Osteoporosis is characterized by the thinning of bone, which leaves it more vulnerable to fractures.

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  • We infer from our oxygen isotope measurements in planktonic foraminifera that the Larsen B ice shelf has been thinning throughout the Holocene, and we suggest that the recent prolonged period of warming in the Antarctic Peninsula region, in combination with the long-term thinning, has led to collapse of the ice shelf.

    Answers to the House Committee on Cross-Validation Statistics « Climate Audit

  • They do “suggest” that “the recent prolonged period of warming”, along with the “long-term thinning”, is the cause of the collapse.

    Answers to the House Committee on Cross-Validation Statistics « Climate Audit

  • They have until fall to study Bell's proposal for longer-term thinning and tending to improve timber quality.

    Kootenay Rockies - News

  • This year my arugula harvest was all "thinning"--the patch was so thick I simply kept pulling out little plants and the others would move in and take over the space--so I'm not sure about snipping leaves and having them grow back.

    Garden Update #6

  • The thinning is probably much worse, but I can’t find much information about this.


  • Domack’s paper provides evidence that the break-up of the ice shelf was caused by a combination of long-term thinning over thousands of years (natural variation coming out of the ice age) and short term increases in surface air temperature (global warming) that have exceeded the natural variation of the last 10,000 years.

    Answers to the House Committee on Cross-Validation Statistics « Climate Audit

  • Osteopenia can be defined as the thinning of bone mass, most common in postmenopausal women due to a lack of estrogen.

    Forever Young

  • About half of all men and women over fifty will develop osteoporosis, a condition characterized by the thinning and weakening of bone, making them vulnerable to broken bones.

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