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 (tĕ-no͞o′ĭ-tē, -nyo͞o′-)
The quality or condition of being tenuous; lack of thickness, density, or substance.

[Middle English tenuite, from Old French, from Latin tenuitās, thinness, from tenuis, thin; see tenuous.]


(təˈnu ɪ ti, -ˈnyu-, tɛ-)

1. the state of being tenuous.
2. slenderness.
3. thinness of consistency; rarefied condition.
[1525–35; < Latin tenuitās thinness =tenui(s) (see tenuis) + -tās -ty2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tenuity - relatively small dimension through an object as opposed to its length or width; "the tenuity of a hair"; "the thinness of a rope"
dimension - the magnitude of something in a particular direction (especially length or width or height)
2.tenuity - a rarified quality; "the tenuity of the upper atmosphere"
density, denseness - the amount per unit size
3.tenuity - the quality of lacking intensity or substance; "a shrill yet sweet tenuity of voice"- Nathaniel Hawthorne
weakness - the property of lacking physical or mental strength; liability to failure under pressure or stress or strain; "his weakness increased as he became older"; "the weakness of the span was overlooked until it collapsed"


[teˈnjʊɪtɪ] Ntenuidad f
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But its efforts, it must be acknowledged, served an excellent purpose; for, with each successive whiff, the figure lost more and more of its dizzy and perplexing tenuity and seemed to take denser substance.
Fouquet had gone to bed, like a man who clings to life, and wishes to economize, as much as possible, that slender tissue of existence, of which the shocks and frictions of this world so quickly wear out the tenuity.
Presently the sudden transition from daylight to darkness which, owing to the tenuity of the air upon Barsoom, occurs almost without the warning twilight of Earth, would occur.
Most have assumed a veneer of Islam but the tenuity of this can be judged by their addiction to illicit brewing and drunkenness.
6) Absorbent drug is a drug which, due to its tenuity and heat, stirs the fluids as soon as it comes across them at a place .
That's because wood has tenuity - slenderness and flexibility - and tenuity is basic in designing a home.
Celestial Court (Tian ting) seems to have been another name for Grand Tenuity (Tai wei), an identification made, for example, in Kong Yingda's (574-648) commentary to Li ji; see Li ji zhu shu, in Shisatz jing zhushu.
James Keeler was the first to voice an objection to Schmidt's theory, responding immediately to Wilczynski's article [12]: "But however difficult it may be for present theories to account for the tenuity of the solar atmosphere immediately above the photosphere, and however readily the same fact may be accounted for by the theory of Schmidt, it is certain that the observer who has studied the structure of the Sun's surface, and particularly the aspect of the spots and other markings as they approach the limb, must feel convinced that these forms actually occur at practically the same level, that is, that the photosphere is an actual and not an optical surface.
Surely, such loves were too fragile and adventurous to last more than for a moment" (217): some excess in tenuity seems to have been reached there.