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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.]
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(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]
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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"
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[teˈnjʊɪtɪ] Ntenuidad f
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A cadaverousness of complexion; an eye large, liquid, and luminous beyond comparison; lips somewhat thin and very pallid, but of a surpassingly beautiful curve; a nose of a delicate Hebrew model, but with a breadth of nostril unusual in similar formations; a finely-moulded chin, speaking, in its want of prominence, of a want of moral energy; hair of a more than web-like softness and tenuity; these features, with an inordinate expansion above the regions of the temple, made up altogether a countenance not easily to be forgotten.
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