One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Lack of solidity or substance; thinness.‘the tenuity of the barrier between them’
- ‘Another proof of their tenuity is the fact of their not being well seen in telescopes of high magnifying power.’
- ‘The universal ether of science, which exists in extreme tenuity, can be proved to possess some weight.’
- ‘Not the least of its peculiarities is the great tenuity of all the bones.’
- ‘They had the tall curve of elms, the tenuity of poplars, the ashen colour of olives under a rainy sky; and they stretched ahead of me for half a mile or more without a break in their arch.’
- ‘The exceeding tenuity of the object of our dread was apparent; for all heavenly objects were plainly visible through it.’
- ‘To what a degree of tenuity then this silky matter can be reduced that stretches out in threads of which it takes ten thousand to equal the size of one hair!’
Late Middle English: from Latin tenuitas, from tenuis ‘thin’.
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