thinly

thinly
thin ADJECTIVE (thinner, thinnest) 1) having opposite surfaces or sides close together. 2) (of a garment or fabric) made of light material. 3) having little flesh or fat on the body. 4) having few parts or members relative to the area covered or filled: a thin crowd. 5) not dense or heavy. 6) containing much liquid and not much solid substance. 7) (of a sound) faint and high-pitched. 8) lacking substance; weak and inadequate.
VERB (thinned, thinning) 1) make or become less thick. 2) (often thin out) remove some plants from (a row or area) to allow the others more room to grow.
have a thin time — Cf. ↑have a thin time
into thin air — Cf. ↑into thin air
DERIVATIVES thinly adverb thinness noun.
ORIGIN Old English.

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