What does the word tenuous mean?

Usage examples for tenuous

  1. Over his fast dimming brain the films of approaching dissolution began to swirl, now thick and fast, now tenuous again, so that he recognised Ishmael and what had happened for a fleeting moment during which the old glee peeped out of his blurred eyes. – Secret Bread by F. Tennyson Jesse
  2. " At that point," Rainbolt acknowledged, " Oneness contacts do become tenuous and begin to dissolve." – Oneness by James H. Schmitz
  3. To heat will succeed cold, and as we rush through the tenuous outer spirals the earth will alternately be whipped with tempests of snow and sleet, and scorched by fierce outbursts of solar fire. – The Second Deluge by Garrett P. Serviss