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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:
Adj.1.thinned - mixed with water; "sold cut whiskey"; "a cup of thinned soup"
dilute, diluted - reduced in strength or concentration or quality or purity; "diluted alcohol"; "a dilute solution"; "dilute acetic acid"
References in classic literature ?
Every moment the ranks were thinned, but as our comrades fell, we closed in to keep them together; and instead of being shaken or staggered in our pace our gallop became faster and faster as we neared the cannon.
So he stepped into an empty row of seats and watched, and when the crowd had thinned out, he started toward the platform.
At some time or other the fog thinned a little; we did not know when, for we were facing the empty universe and the thinness could not show; but at last Harris happened to look around, and there stood a huge, dim, spectral hotel where the precipice had been.
The minister gave out his text and droned along monotonously through an argument that was so prosy that many a head by and by began to nod -- and yet it was an argument that dealt in limitless fire and brimstone and thinned the predestined elect down to a company so small as to be hardly worth the saving.
Yes, it was over, and after the crowd had thinned a little, Adam Ladd made his way to the platform.
I proceeded: at last my way opened, the trees thinned a little; presently I beheld a railing, then the house--scarce, by this dim light, distinguishable from the trees; so dank and green were its decaying walls.