Word of the DaySaturday, November 23, 2013
\tuh-NOO-i-tee, -NYOO-, te-\ , noun;
thinness of consistency; rarefied condition.
the state of being tenuous.
The exceeding tenuity of the object of our dread was apparent; for all heavenly objects were plainly visible through it.
-- Edgar Allan Poe, "The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion," 1839
There was no doubt left to me; the atmosphere of the moon was either pure oxygen or air, and capable therefore—unless its tenuity was excessive—of supporting our alien life.
-- H.G. Wells, The First Men in the Moon, 1901
Tenuity is derived from the Latin word tenuitās meaning "thinness."
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