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n.1.The state of being threadbare.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Here, then, is the most immediate function of selecting such a number: Whitman, the lifelong etymologist and word lover, deliberately chooses the freshest word, direct, unusual, poetically unassociated, free of threadbareness. For its being unfamiliar, even jarring, a "decillion" or an "octillion" carries more heft than, say, "infinite"--which word, to be fair, makes its share of appearances in Leaves.