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Thin, adj. 1) lean, slender: “my face so t.” John I, 141. “you t. man,” H4B V, 4, 20. H4B V, 4, 20 Metaphorically, == scanty: “a t. and slender pittance,” Shr. IV, 4, 61.
2) having little extent from one of the two surfaces to the other: “the mure that should confine it in so t. that life looks through,” H4B IV, 4, 120. Used of light clothes: “if your garments were t.” Err. III, 1, 70. “t. weeds,” LLL V, 2, 811. “gave himself, all t. and naked, to the numb cold night,” R3 II, 1, 117 (lightly dressed). Metaphorically, == not sufficient for a covering, slight, easily seen through: “we will not line his t. bestained cloak with our pure honours,” John IV, 3, 24. they (flatteries) “are too t. and bare to hide offences,” H8 V, 3, 125. “wider and more overt test than these t. habits and poor likelihoods,” Oth. I, 3, 108.
3) not closely set; used of hair: “t. mane,” Ven. 298. “his beard grew t.” Shr. III, 2, 177. “their t. and hairless scalps,” R2 III, 2, 112. “thatch your poor t. roofs,” Tim. IV, 3, 144. “with this t. helm,” Lr. IV, 7, 36 (a bald head).
4) rare, not dense; used of the air and of fluids: “from his lips did fly t. winding breath,” Lucr. 1407. “melted into air, t. air,” Tp. IV, 150. “fantasy, which is as t. of substance as the air,” Rom. I, 4, 99. “the t. and wholesome blood,” Hml. I, 5, 70. t. drink, abhorred by Falstaff and recommended by King Henry VI: H4B IV, 3, 98. H4B IV, 3, 98 H6C II, 5, 48.
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