• verb: to make (something or someone) thin or thinner or to become thin or thinner
  • verb: to make thin or 'thinner'
  • adjective: having a small distance between the top and bottom or front and back surfaces
  • adjective: having little extent from one surface to its opposite
  • usually + 'down'
  • synonyms: rare, slim, slender


  • He plans to 'thin' (out) the young carrots in the garden. [=to remove some of them so that there is more room between the remaining carrots]

  • His hair is a little 'thin' on top. = He's a little 'thin' on top. [=he does not have a lot of hair on the top of his head]

  • The bank's decision to raise rates could be 'the thin end of the wedge'. [=many other banks may also decide to raise rates]

Movie clips

Movie quotes

  • (..) would you like first? The swab or the ink analysis? I'll let Dr. Wells decide. The ink analysis. Okay, so I ran a thin layer chromatography on the actual plus sign. And then, to confirm the results, I actually processed it through imaging electro-spray (..)
    2016 TvShow: Bones Title: The Fight in the Fixer Season: 11 Episode 15
  • (..) ♪ You leave me ♪ ♪ You leave me dry ♪ ♪ Falsity ♪ ♪ Straight-up fate ♪ ♪ My patience ♪ ♪ ls wearing thin ♪ ♪ I may bend ♪ ♪ But I won't break ♪ ♪ I know you are lying ♪ ♪ To my face ♪ ♪ I can see through all of this ♪ (..)
    2009 The Black Waters of Echo's Pond
  • (..) throughout college. And was it a match for the defensive wounds we found on the victim's ulna? The width of the beams on her racket were too thin to have created these injuries. There appears to be a fracture on the distal shaft of the fourth metacarpal. A boxers fracture. (..)
    2016 TvShow: Bones Title: The Movie in the Making Season: 11 Episode 18