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NOUN (3)

1. relatively small dimension through an object as opposed to its length or width;
- Example: "the tenuity of a hair"
- Example: "the thinness of a rope"
[syn: thinness, tenuity, slenderness]

2. a rarified quality;
- Example: "the tenuity of the upper atmosphere"
[syn: rarity, tenuity, low density]

3. the quality of lacking intensity or substance;
- Example: "a shrill yet sweet tenuity of voice"- Nathaniel Hawthorne
[syn: feebleness, tenuity]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Tenuity \Te*nu"i*ty\, n. [L. tenuitas, from tenuis thin: cf. F. t['e]nuit['e]. See Tenuous.] 1. The quality or state of being tenuous; thinness, applied to a broad substance; slenderness, applied to anything that is long; as, the tenuity of a leaf; the tenuity of a hair. [1913 Webster] 2. Rarily; rareness; thinness, as of a fluid; as, the tenuity of the air; the tenuity of the blood. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 3. Poverty; indigence. [Obs.] --Eikon Basilike. [1913 Webster] 4. Refinement; delicacy. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

tenuity n 1: relatively small dimension through an object as opposed to its length or width; "the tenuity of a hair"; "the thinness of a rope" [syn: thinness, tenuity, slenderness] [ant: thickness] 2: a rarified quality; "the tenuity of the upper atmosphere" [syn: rarity, tenuity, low density] 3: the quality of lacking intensity or substance; "a shrill yet sweet tenuity of voice"- Nathaniel Hawthorne [syn: feebleness, tenuity]