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thin

 (thĭn)
adj. thin·ner, thin·nest
1.
a. Relatively small in extent from one surface to the opposite, usually in the smallest solid dimension: a thin book.
b. Not great in diameter or cross section; fine: thin wire.
2. Having little bodily flesh or fat; lean or slender.
3.
a. Not dense or concentrated; sparse: the thin vegetation of the plateau.
b. More rarefied than normal: thin air.
4.
a. Flowing with relative ease; not viscous: a thin oil.
b. Watery: thin soup.
5.
a. Sparsely supplied or provided; scanty: a thin menu.
b. Having a low number of transactions: thin trading in the stock market.
6. Lacking force or substance; flimsy: a thin attempt.
7. Lacking resonance or fullness; tinny: The piano had a thin sound.
8. Lacking radiance or intensity: thin light.
9. Not having enough photographic density or contrast to make satisfactory prints. Used of a negative.
adv.
1. In a thin manner: Spread the varnish thin if you don't want it to wrinkle.
2. So as to be thin: Cut the cheese thin.
tr. & intr.v. thinned, thin·ning, thins
To make or become thin or thinner.

[Middle English, from Old English thynne; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

thin′ly adv.
thin′ness n.
thin′nish adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.thinly - without force or sincere effort; "smiled thinly"
2.thinly - without viscosity; "the blood was flowing thin"
thick, thickly - with a thick consistency; "the blood was flowing thick"
3.thinly - in a small quantity or extent; "spread the margarine thinly over the meat"; "apply paint lightly"
thickly - with thickness; in a thick manner; "spread 1/4 lb softened margarine or cooking fat fairly thickly all over the surface"; "we were visiting a small, thickly walled and lovely town with straggling outskirt"
4.thinly - in a widely distributed manner; "thinly overgrown mountainside"
densely, thickly - in a concentrated manner; "old houses are often so densely packed that perhaps three or four have to be demolished for every new one built"; "a thickly populated area"
Translations
بصورَةٍ خَفيفَه
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soványanvékonyan
òunnlega
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thinly

[ˈθɪnlɪ] ADV
1. (= in thin pieces) thinly cut/sliced [vegetable, fruit] → cortado en rodajas finas; [bread] → cortado en rebanadas finas; [ham, bacon] → cortado en lonchas finas
2. (= in a thin layer) roll out the pastry very thinlyestirar la masa hasta que quede muy fina
thinly cladligero de ropa
thinly disguisedpoco or apenas disimulado
spread the butter thinlyuntar una capa fina de mantequilla
the troops were thinly spreadlas tropas se hallaban muy diseminadas or dispersas
our resources are too thinly spreadnuestros recursos están distribuidos por un área demasiado grande
a thinly veiled threat/warninguna amenaza/advertencia mal disimulada
3. (= sparsely)
the island is thinly populatedla isla tiene poca densidad de población or está escasamente poblada
there were a few thinly scattered houseshabía unas cuantas casas dispersas
the seed is thinly sownlas semillas se siembran bien esparcidas
a thinly wooded areaun área con pocos árboles
4. (= without humour) [smile] → fríamente

thinly

[ˈθɪnli] adv
[cut] → en tranches fines; [spread] → en couche mince
[populated] → peu, faiblement
[disguised, veiled] → à peine
[smile] → à peine

thinly

adv
(= in thin slices or layers)dünn
(= sparsely)dünn; wooded, attendedspärlich
(= lightly) cladleicht, dünn
(fig) veiled, disguisedkaum, dürftig; smileschwach

thinly

[ˈθɪnlɪ] adv (spread) → in uno strato sottile; (cut) → a fette sottili; (scantily, dressed) → scarsamente; (disguised) → malamente

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 ?
In those days there were many serious young men among the students who had come up to the university from the farms and the little towns scattered over the thinly settled state.
When the summit was gained, they found themselves on a level spot, but thinly covered with trees, under one of which Magua had thrown his dark form, as if willing and ready to seek that rest which was so much needed by the whole party.
It was an inclement night; the southeast wind drove the mingled snow and rain into her thinly sheltered bosom; her satin slippers were wet through and through, as she trod the muddy sidewalks.
It had been determined between them that the Old World, with its crowds and cities, offered them a more eligible shelter and concealment than the wilds of New England or all America, with its alternatives of an Indian wigwam, or the few settlements of Europeans scattered thinly along the sea-board.
A laugh, thinly disguised as a cough, escaped from Miss Carpenter.
The kingdom of Dancali, to which this belongs, is barren, and thinly peopled; the king is tributary to the Emperor of Abyssinia, and very faithful to his sovereign.
The great waterway which leads to Helium is but fifty miles to the south," murmured Sola, half to herself; "a swift thoat might make it in three hours; and then to Helium it is five hundred miles, most of the way through thinly settled districts.
The Rue Richelieu and the Rue Villedot were then, owing to their vicinity to the ramparts, less frequented than any others in that direction, for the town was thinly inhabited thereabout.
It was probably the effect of the western sunshine, melting through the thinly diffused vapors that had swept between him and the object that he gazed at.
As the boat was gliding swiftly round a low promontory, thinly covered with trees, one of them gave the alarm of Indians.
After the gradual cessation of all sound and movement on the faithful river, only the ringing of ships' bells is heard, mysterious and muffled in the white vapour from London Bridge right down to the Nore, for miles and miles in a decrescendo tinkling, to where the estuary broadens out into the North Sea, and the anchored ships lie scattered thinly in the shrouded channels between the sand-banks of the Thames' mouth.
On his head, which was thinly covered with lank, sandy hair, he wore a cap made of fox-skin, resembling in shape the one we have already described, although much inferior in finish and ornaments.