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Synonyms for tenuity

relatively small dimension through an object as opposed to its length or width

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a rarified quality

the quality of lacking intensity or substance


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Reiter selects representative texts that describe the underlying, common theoretical notions and also the practical approaches he uses to examine the content and intention of the exorcist Taoism of Clarified Tenuity, a form of Taoism that emerged during the 13th century in southern China and spread quickly.
We had long regarded the wanderers as vapory creations of inconceivable tenuity, and as altogether incapable of doing injury to our substantial globe, even in the event of contact.
That's because wood has tenuity - slenderness and flexibility - and tenuity is basic in designing a home.
(53.) Celestial Court (Tian ting) seems to have been another name for Grand Tenuity (Tai wei), an identification made, for example, in Kong Yingda's (574-648) commentary to Li ji; see Li ji zhu shu, in Shisatz jing zhushu.
And, note, all (the universes) composed of the same matter, matter, all matter being only that thing of inconceivable tenuity through which the various vibrations of waves (electricity, heat, sound, light, etc) are propagated ...
In the case of carious lesions, this tenuity can lead to extensive destruction, exacerbated by the fact that the prisms have poor cohesion.
Critics have noted the influence of phrenology in the representation of Roderick Usher's appearance; for example, Usher's "large, liquid, and luminous" eyes, "ghastly pallor of the skin," and "hair of more than web-like softness and tenuity" all indicate a phrenologically "nervous" personality type.
James Keeler was the first to voice an objection to Schmidt's theory, responding immediately to Wilczynski's article [12]: "But however difficult it may be for present theories to account for the tenuity of the solar atmosphere immediately above the photosphere, and however readily the same fact may be accounted for by the theory of Schmidt, it is certain that the observer who has studied the structure of the Sun's surface, and particularly the aspect of the spots and other markings as they approach the limb, must feel convinced that these forms actually occur at practically the same level, that is, that the photosphere is an actual and not an optical surface.
A cadaverousness of complexion; an eye large, liquid, and luminous beyond comparison; lips somewhat thin and very pallid but of a surpassingly beautiful curve; a nose of a delicate Hebrew model, but with a breadth of nostril unusual in similar formations; a finely moulded chin, speaking, in its want of prominence, of a want of moral energy; hair of a more than web-like softness and tenuity;--these features, with an inordinate expansion above the regions of the temple, made up altogether a countenance not easily to be forgotten.
The hostility among the European nations involved in imperial pursuits, particularly from the mid-nineteenth century on, characterized by regular diplomatic, geo-strategic, and quasi-military tensions frightened and alarmed many Portuguese, who were never incognizant of the tenuity of their colonial empire.
"Surely, such loves were too fragile and adventurous to last more than for a moment" (217): some excess in tenuity seems to have been reached there.
As it came nearer to the ribs and spine of the stranded pilchard boat, it became apparent from a certain tenuity in its blackness that this spot possessed four legs: and moment by moment it became more unmistakable that it was composed of the persons of two young men.
This is, at best, paradoxical given the political cachet this tenuity proffers in current academic climes and so it is no coincidence that indeed some positionality--a certain "distanciated" identification, the politics of identity--is eked from this tenuity.