Definition of Slender

1. Adjective. Being of delicate or slender build. "Watched her slight figure cross the street"

Exact synonyms: Slight, Slim, Svelte
Similar to: Lean, Thin
Derivative terms: Slenderness, Slightness, Slightness, Slimness

2. Adjective. Very narrow. "A thin line across the page"
Exact synonyms: Thin
Similar to: Narrow
Derivative terms: Slenderness, Thinness

3. Adjective. Having little width in proportion to the length or height. "A slender pole"
Similar to: Thin
Derivative terms: Slenderness

4. Adjective. Small in quantity. "A small surplus"
Exact synonyms: Slim
Similar to: Little, Small
Derivative terms: Slenderness, Slimness

5. Adjective. Moving and bending with ease.

Definition of Slender

1. a. Small or narrow in proportion to the length or the height; not thick; slim; as, a slender stem or stalk of a plant.

Definition of Slender

1. Adjective. Thin; slim. ¹

2. Adjective. (context: Irish language) palatalized ¹

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Definition of Slender

1. thin [adj -DERER, -DEREST] - See also: thin

Medical Definition of Slender

1. 1. Small or narrow in proportion to the length or the height; not thick; slim; as, a slender stem or stalk of a plant. "A slender, choleric man." "She, as a veil down to the slender waist, Her unadorned golden tresses wore." (Milton) 2. Weak; feeble; not strong; slight; as, slender hope; a slender constitution. "Mighty hearts are held in slender chains." (Pope) "They have inferred much from slender premises." (J. H. Newman) "The slender utterance of the consonants." (J. Byrne) 3. Moderate; trivial; inconsiderable; slight; as, a man of slender intelligence. "A slender degree of patience will enable him to enjoy both the humor and the pathos." (Sir W. Scott) 4. Small; inadequate; meager; pitiful; as, slender means of support; a slender pittance. "Frequent begging makes slender alms." (Fuller) 5. Spare; abstemious; frugal; as, a slender diet. "The good Ostorius often deigned To grace my slender table with his presence." (Philips) 6. Uttered with a thin tone; the opposite of broad; as, the slender vowels long e and i. Slen"derly, Slen"derness. Origin: OE. Slendre, sclendre, fr. OD. Slinder thin, slender, perhaps through a French form; cf. OD. Slinderen, slidderen, to creep; perh. Akin to E. Slide. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Slender

sleight of hand
sleights of hand
slender (current term)
slender-horned gazelle
slender-horned gazelles
slender-tailed meerkat
slender centaury
slender fasciculus
slender knapweed
slender lady palm
slender lobule
slender loris
slender process of malleus
slender rush
slender salamander
slender sedge

Literary usage of Slender

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1917)
"slender glabrous or stellate-pubescent, heath-like little shrubs, grown in the greenhouse and out-of-doors in the far South. Leaves alternate, verticillate ..."

2. St. Nicholas by Mary Mapes Dodge (1918)
"One was quite slender and the other heavy and thick-set—all muscle, mind you. The slender one wished he were as strong as the big. husky, other fellow. ..."

3. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"... slender petioles vertically flattened. Many of the der Quellen und der .... may be taken as the type—a tall fast-growing tree with rather slender trunk, ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"It develops slender, leafy, climbing shoots which die down each season. ... where Démêler is said to climbing plants with slender herbaceous or shrubby ..."

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