thin air


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Noun1.thin air - nowhere to be found in a giant void; "it vanished into thin air"
nihility, nothingness, nullity, void - the state of nonexistence
Translations
في لامَكان، ذَهَبَ أدراج الرِّياح
beze stop
den tynde luft
semmi: a semmi
hvergi
bez stôp
kayıplara karışmayok

thin

(θin) adjective
1. having a short distance between opposite sides. thin paper; The walls of these houses are too thin.
2. (of people or animals) not fat. She looks thin since her illness.
3. (of liquids, mixtures etc) not containing any solid matter; rather lacking in taste; (tasting as if) containing a lot of water or too much water. thin soup.
4. not set closely together; not dense or crowded. His hair is getting rather thin.
5. not convincing or believable. a thin excuse.
verbpast tense, past participle thinned
to make or become thin or thinner. The crowd thinned after the parade was over.
ˈthinly adverb
ˈthinness noun
thin air
nowhere. He disappeared into thin air.
ˌthin-ˈskinned adjective
sensitive; easily hurt or upset. Be careful what you say – she's very thin-skinned.
thin out
to make or become less dense or crowded. The trees thinned out near the river.
References in classic literature ?
A daughter," he replied, "only a little younger than Carthoris, and, barring one, the fairest thing that ever breathed the thin air of dying Mars.
The red eastern sky, the northward blackness, the salt Dead Sea, the stony beach crawling with these foul, slow-stirring monsters, the uniform poisonous-looking green of the lichenous plants, the thin air that hurts one's lungs: all contributed to an appalling effect.
So your grave, middle-aged family practitioner vanishes into thin air, my dear Watson, and there emerges a young fellow under thirty, amiable, unambitious, absent-minded, and the possessor of a favourite dog, which I should describe roughly as being larger than a terrier and smaller than a mastiff.
With a prayer to her Maker she threw her hands above her head in the last effort of the drowning swimmer to clutch at even thin air for support--the current caught and swirled her downward toward the gorge, and, at the same instant her fingers touched and closed upon something which swung low above the water.
The thin air refreshed him, and he sat on the edge of precipices with the best of them, and, when talk languished, flung pebbles into the void.
It is this ray which has enabled them to so perfect aviation that battle ships far outweighing anything known upon Earth sail as gracefully and lightly through the thin air of Barsoom as a toy balloon in the heavy atmosphere of Earth.
For an instant they recoiled before my terrific onslaught, and in that instant the green warrior rose to the occasion and, springing to my side, laid to the right and left of him as I had never seen but one other warrior do, with great circling strokes that formed a figure eight about him and that never stopped until none stood living to oppose him, his keen blade passing through flesh and bone and metal as though each had been alike thin air.
Carthoris had followed the creature for but a few minutes when it disappeared as suddenly and mysteriously as though dissolved into thin air.
They had simply vanished into thin air, for the native he had sent to inspect the ground beneath the open window had just returned to report that there was no sign of a footstep there, and what sort of creatures were they who could have dropped that distance to the soft turf without leaving spoor?
He aimed a mighty blow at the ape-man's head, a blow which swung harmlessly through thin air as Tarzan ducked from its path, and then the Arab felt the other's horse brushing his leg, a great arm shot out and encircled his waist, and before he could recover himself he was dragged from his saddle, and forming a shield for his antagonist was borne at a mad run straight through the encircling ranks of his fellows.
He added not; and Satan, bowling low His gray dissimulation, disappeared, Into thin air diffused: for now began Night with her sullen wing to double-shade The desert; fowls in their clay nests were couched; And now wild beasts came forth the woods to roam.
He added: "We suggest that the defendant has conjured up a defence out of thin air.