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Dictionary Definition

thin adj
1 of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite or in cross section; "thin wire"; "a thin chiffon blouse"; "a thin book"; "a thin layer of paint" [ant: thick]
2 lacking excess flesh; "you can't be too rich or too thin"; "Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look"-Shakespeare [syn: lean] [ant: fat]
3 very narrow; "a thin line across the page" [syn: slender]
4 having little substance or significance; "a flimsy excuse"; "slight evidence"; "a tenuous argument"; "a thin plot" [syn: flimsy, slight, tenuous]
5 not dense; "a thin beard"; "trees were sparse" [syn: sparse]
6 relatively thin in consistency or low in density; not viscous; "air is thin at high altitudes"; "a thin soup"; "skimmed milk is much thinner than whole milk"; "thin oil" [ant: thick]
7 (of sound) lacking resonance or volume; "a thin feeble cry" [ant: full]
8 lacking spirit or sincere effort; "a thin smile" adv : without viscosity; "the blood was flowing thin" [syn: thinly] [ant: thickly]


1 lose thickness; become thin or thinner [ant: thicken]
2 make thin or thinner; "Thin the solution" [ant: thicken]
3 lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture; "cut bourbon" [syn: dilute, thin out, reduce, cut]
4 take off weight [syn: reduce, melt off, lose weight, slim, slenderize, slim down] [ant: gain] [also: thinning, thinned, thinnest, thinner]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /'θɪn/
  • Rhymes: -ɪn


Old English þynne


  1. Slim, narrow in size, and (of a person or animal) usually carrying little fat.
  2. Of low viscosity or low specific gravity, e.g., as is water compared to honey.
  3. Scarce.
  4. Overly strict.
  5. A poorly played golf shot where the ball is struck by the bottom part of the club head. See fat, shank, toe.



slim, narrow in size
  • Finnish: ohut (things), hoikka, solakka, laiha (living creatures)
  • French: maigre
  • Hungarian: vékony, sovány
  • Japanese: In the context of "of flat objects}} 薄い 細い
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: باریک, ته‌نک
  • Russian: тонкий (tónkij), тощий (tóš'ij) of a man or animal
  • Swedish: mager (person or animal), slank (person or animal), smal, tunn
of low viscosity or low specific gravity
  • Czech: řídký
  • Finnish: ohut, laiha
  • Hungarian: híg
  • Japanese: 薄い, 稀な
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: شل
  • Russian: жидкий
overly strict
golf: a poorly played golf shot
  • Japanese: シャンクした

See also


  1. To make thin or thinner
  2. To become thin or thinner
  3. To dilute


make thinner
  • Japanese: 削る
become thinner
  • Japanese: In the context of "of persons, animal, etc.}} 痩せる
  • Japanese: 薄める
  • Swedish: späda

Extensive Definition

Thin may refer to:
  • Thin client, computer in client-server architecture networks
  • Thin film, material layer of about 1 µm thickness
  • Thin film memory, high-speed variation of core memory developed by Sperry Rand in a government-funded research project
  • Thin layers (oceanography), congregations of phytoplankton and zooplankton in the water column
  • Thin lens, lens with a thickness that is negligible compared to the focal length of the lens in optics
  • Thin Lizzy, Irish rock band who formed in Dublin in 1969
  • Thin-film deposition, any technique for depositing a thin film of material onto a substrate or onto previously deposited layers
  • The Thin Man, 1933 mystery novel by Dashiell Hammett
  • The Thin Man (film), the first of six comic detective films starring William Powell and Myrna Loy
  • Thin (film), an HBO television documentary about eating disorders.
  • Thin, a Ruby web-server based on Mongrel

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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