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adjective British English pronunciation: thin /θɪn/ 
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adjectivethin
comparativethinner
superlativethinnest
 
  1. 1
    a thin object or material has only a short distance between two opposite sides, edges, or surfaces

    The box was covered with a thin layer of dust.

    There's a thin crack in the glass.

    Cut the cucumbers and tomatoes into thin slices.

  2. 6
    small in number or amount

    Dexter won by a thin margin (=a small number of votes, points etc).

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