thin

Definitions

General English

Agriculture

  • verb to remove a number of small plants from a crop, so allowing the remaining plants to grow more strongly

Aviation

  • adjective of small extent between two surfaces

Cars & Driving

  • verb to add thinners to a paint in order to adjust the viscosity

Media Studies

  • adjective referring to a photographic negative that lacks density or contrast

Medical

  • adjective referring to blood which is watery

Wine

Origin & History of “thin”

Thin denotes etymologically ‘stretched’. It goes back ultimately to the Indo-European base *ten- ‘stretch’, which also produced Latin tenuis ‘thin’ (source of English tenuous) and Latin tendere ‘stretch’ (source of English tend, tense, etc). from this was descended prehistoric Germanic *thunnuz, which has evolved into German dünn, Dutch dun, Swedish tunn, Danish tynd, and English thin.
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