fragile vs thin what difference

what is difference between fragile and thin

English

Etymology

Borrowed from Middle French fragile, from Latin fragilis, formed on frag-, the root of frangere (to break). Cognate fraction, fracture and doublet of frail.

Pronunciation

  • (UK, General Australian, Canada) IPA(key): /ˈfɹædʒaɪl/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈfɹædʒəl/
  • Rhymes: -ædʒəl

Adjective

fragile (comparative fragiler or more fragile, superlative fragilest or most fragile)

  1. Easily broken or destroyed, and thus often of subtle or intricate structure.
    The chemist synthesizes a fragile molecule.
    The UN tries to maintain the fragile peace process in the region.
    He is a very fragile person and gets easily depressed.
  2. (Britain) Feeling weak or easily disturbed as a result of illness.

Synonyms

  • friable
  • breakly
  • breakable
  • destroyable
  • destructible
  • See also Thesaurus:fragile

Antonyms

  • durable
  • unbreakable
  • undestroyable
  • indestructible
  • antifragile

Derived terms

  • fragilely

Related terms

  • fractal
  • fraction
  • fractional
  • fracture
  • fragility
  • frail
  • frailty
  • frangible

Translations


French

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin fragilis. Doublet of frêle.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /fʁa.ʒil/
  • Homophone: fragiles

Adjective

fragile (plural fragiles)

  1. fragile

Derived terms

  • saule fragile

Related terms

  • fragiliser
  • fragilité

Further reading

  • “fragile” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Anagrams

  • giflera

German

Adjective

fragile

  1. inflection of fragil:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular

Italian

Etymology

From Latin fragilis.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfra.d͡ʒi.le/
  • Hyphenation: frà‧gi‧le

Adjective

fragile (plural fragili, superlative fragilissimo)

  1. fragile

Derived terms

  • fragilmente
  • infragilire

Related terms

  • frale
  • fragilità

Further reading

  • fragile in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana

Anagrams

  • fraglie

Latin

Adjective

fragile

  1. nominative neuter singular of fragilis
  2. accusative neuter singular of fragilis
  3. vocative neuter singular of fragilis


English

Etymology

From Middle English thinne, thünne, thenne, from Old English þynne, from Proto-West Germanic *þunnī, from Proto-Germanic *þunnuz (thin) – compare *þanjaną (to stretch, spread out) – from Proto-Indo-European *ténh₂us (thin), from *ten- (to stretch).

Cognate with German dünn, Dutch dun, West Frisian tin, Icelandic þunnur, Danish tynd, Swedish tunn, Latin tenuis, Irish tanaí, Welsh tenau, Latvian tievs, Sanskrit तनु (tanú, thin), Persian تنگ(tang, narrow). Doublet of tenuis. Also related to tenuous.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈθɪn/
  • Rhymes: -ɪn
  • Homophones: tin (with th-stopping), fin (with th-fronting)

Adjective

thin (comparative thinner, superlative thinnest)

  1. Having little thickness or extent from one surface to its opposite.
    • Out of spite, the human beings pretended not to believe that it was Snowball who had destroyed the windmill: they said that it had fallen down because the walls were too thin.
  2. Very narrow in all diameters; having a cross section that is small in all directions.
  3. Having little body fat or flesh; slim; slender; lean; gaunt.
    thin person
  4. Of low viscosity or low specific gravity.
    Water is thinner than honey.
  5. Scarce; not close, crowded, or numerous; not filling the space.
    The trees of a forest are thin; the corn or grass is thin.
    • Ferrara is very large, but extremely thin of people.
  6. (golf) Describing a poorly played golf shot where the ball is struck by the bottom part of the club head. See fat, shank, toe.
  7. Lacking body or volume; small; feeble; not full.
    • thin, hollow sounds, and lamentable screams
  8. Slight; small; slender; flimsy; superficial; inadequate; not sufficient for a covering.
    a thin disguise
  9. (aviation) Of a route: relatively little used.
    • 2016, Hartmut Wolf, ‎Peter Forsyth, ‎David Gillen, Liberalization in Aviation (page 105)
      In short, we previously found that thin routes benefit from an increase in competition in the Spanish airline market when considering routes that were monopoly routes in 2001.
  10. Poor; scanty; without money or success.
    • 1945, Jack Henry, What Price Crime? (page 92)
      Like their friends the “draggers,” the “hoisters” or shoplifters are having a thin time these days, []

Synonyms

  • (having little thickness from one surface to its opposite): narrow; see also Thesaurus:narrow
  • (very narrow in all diameters): fine
  • (having little body fat or flesh): reedy, skinny, slender, slim, svelte, waifish; see also Thesaurus:slender or Thesaurus:scrawny
  • (of low viscosity): runny, watery; see also Thesaurus:runny
  • (not close or crowded): spaced out, sparse; see also Thesaurus:diffuse
  • (not numerous): scant, scarce, slight

Antonyms

  • thick

Derived terms

Translations

Noun

thin (plural thins)

  1. (philately) A loss or tearing of paper from the back of a stamp, although not sufficient to create a complete hole.
  2. Any food produced or served in thin slices.
    chocolate mint thins
    potato thins

Translations

Verb

thin (third-person singular simple present thins, present participle thinning, simple past and past participle thinned)

  1. (transitive) To make thin or thinner.
  2. (intransitive) To become thin or thinner.
    The crowds thinned after the procession had passed: there was nothing more to see.
  3. To dilute.
  4. To remove some plants or parts of plants in order to improve the growth of what remains.

Derived terms

  • thin out

Translations

Adverb

thin (comparative more thin, superlative most thin)

  1. Not thickly or closely; in a scattered state.
    seed sown thin
    • 1623, Francis Bacon, A Discourse of a War with Spain
      Spain is a nation thin sown of people.

Further reading

  • thin in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • thin in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • thin at OneLook Dictionary Search

Anagrams

  • Nith, hint

Middle English

Etymology 1

Determiner

thin (subjective pronoun þou)

  1. Alternative form of þin (thy)

Pronoun

thin (subjective þou)

  1. Alternative form of þin (thine)

Etymology 2

Adjective

thin

  1. Alternative form of thinne (thin)

Old Dutch

Etymology

From Proto-West Germanic *þīn.

Determiner

thīn

  1. thy, your (singular)
  2. thine, yours

Inflection

Descendants

  • Middle Dutch: dijn
    • Dutch: dijn
    • Limburgish: dien

Further reading

  • “thīn”, in Oudnederlands Woordenboek, 2012

Old High German

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ðiːn/

Determiner

thīn

  1. Alternative form of din

References

  1. Joseph Wright, An Old High German Primer, Second Edition

Old Saxon

Etymology 1

From Proto-West Germanic *þīn.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /θiːn/
  • (late Old Saxon) IPA(key): [ðiːn]

Determiner

thīn

  1. thy, your (singular)
  2. thine, yours
Declension


See also

References

  1. Köbler, Gerhard, Altsächsisches Wörterbuch, (5. Auflage) 2014
  2. Altsächsisches Elementarbuch by Dr. F. Holthausen

Etymology 2

See here.

Determiner

thin

  1. instrumental singular masculine/neuter of thē

Welsh

Noun

thin

  1. Aspirate mutation of tin.

Mutation

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