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thin  

  ( thinner    comparative)   ( thinnest    superlative)   ( thins    3rd person present)   ( thinning    present participle)   ( thinned    past tense & past participle  )
1       adj   Something that is thin is much narrower than it is long.  
A thin cable carries the signal to a computer..., James's face was thin, finely boned, and sensitive.     
2       adj   A person or animal that is thin has no extra fat on their body .,   (Antonym: fat)    He was a tall, thin man with grey hair...     
  thinness      n-uncount  
There was something familiar about him, his fawn raincoat, his thinness, the way he moved.     
3       adj   Something such as paper or cloth that is thin is flat and has only a very small distance between its two opposite surfaces.,   (Antonym: thick)    ...a small, blue-bound book printed in fine type on thin paper...     
  thinly      adv   ADV with v  
Peel and thinly slice the onion...     
4       adj   Liquids that are thin are weak and watery.,   (Antonym: thick)    The soup was thin and clear, yet mysteriously rich...     
5       adj   A crowd or audience that is thin does not have many people in it.  
The crowd, which had been thin for the first half of the race, had now grown considerably.     
  thinly      adv   ADV -ed  
The island is thinly populated.     
6       adj   Thin clothes are made from light cloth and are not warm to wear.,   (Antonym: thick)    Her gown was thin, and she shivered, partly from cold.     
  thinly      adv   ADV adj/-ed  
Mrs Brown wrapped the thinly clad man in her fur coat.     
7       adj   If you describe an argument or explanation as thin, you mean that it is weak and difficult to believe.   (=weak)     (Antonym: strong)    However, the evidence is thin and, to some extent, ambiguous...     
  thinly      adv   usu ADV -ed, also ADV before v  
Much of the speech was a thinly disguised attack on the management of the company.     
8       adj   If someone's hair is described as thin, they do not have a lot of hair.,   (Antonym: thick)    She had pale thin yellow hair she pulled back into a bun.     
9       verb   When you thin something or when it thins, it becomes less crowded because people or things have been removed from it.  
It would have been better to have thinned the trees over several winters rather than all at one time...      V n  
By midnight the crowd had thinned.      V  
      Thin out means the same as thin., phrasal verb  
NATO will continue to thin out its forces...      V P n (not pron)  
When the crowd began to thin out, I realized that most of the food was still there...      V P  
10       verb   To thin a sauce or liquid means to make it weaker and more watery by adding another liquid to it.  
It may be necessary to thin the sauce slightly...      V n  
      Thin down means the same as thin., phrasal verb  
Thin down your mayonnaise with soured cream or natural yoghurt.      V P n (not pron)  
11       verb   If a man's hair is thinning, it has begun to fall out.  
His hair is thinning and his skin has lost all hint of youth.      V  
    thin on top  
    top  
12    If someone's patience, for example, is wearing thin, they are beginning to become impatient or angry with someone.  
wearing thin      phrase  
Parliament has not yet begun to combat the deepening economic crisis, and public patience is wearing thin.     
13   
    on thin ice  
    ice  
    thin air  
    air   thin down  
    thin 10   thin out  
    thin 9  


paper-thin      , paper thin  
If something is paper-thin, it is very thin.      adj  
Cut the onion into paper-thin slices...     
thin-skinned     
If you say that someone is thin-skinned, you mean that they are easily upset by criticism or unpleasantness.      adj   usu v-link ADJ     (disapproval)    (=sensitive)     (Antonym: thick-skinned)    Some fear he is too thin-skinned to survive the rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign.     
wafer-thin     
Wafer-thin means extremely thin and flat.      adj   ADJ n, v-link ADJ  
Cut the fennel into wafer-thin slices.     
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
n.
very thin fabric used for theatre backdrops, translucent curtains etc
v.
to cover with a thin layer of paint applied with a dry brush in order to soften or blur a figure or outline
an art term

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