diminution

Definitions

  • Diminutive Patriot
    Diminutive Patriot
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n diminution the act of decreasing or reducing something
    • n diminution the statement of a theme in notes of lesser duration (usually half the length of the original)
    • n diminution change toward something smaller or lower
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Unfortunately Gaius grew up and became emperor, incongruously retaining his boyhood diminutive. "Little boots" in Latin is "Caligula." As you may know, he was a bloodthirsty, sadistic fiend.
    • Diminution (Mus) In counterpoint, the imitation of, or reply to, a subject, in notes of half the length or value of those the subject itself.
    • Diminution (Law) Omission, inaccuracy, or defect in a record.
    • Diminution The act of diminishing, or of making or becoming less; state of being diminished; reduction in size, quantity, or degree; -- opposed to augmentation or increase.
    • Diminution The act of lessening dignity or consideration, or the state of being deprived of dignity; a lowering in estimation; degradation; abasement. "The world's opinion or diminution of me.""Nor thinks it diminution to be ranked
      In military honor next."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n diminution The act of diminishing, lessening, or reducing; a making smaller; a lowering in amount, value, dignity, estimation, etc.: as, the diminution of wealth, of importance, of power.
    • n diminution The process of becoming less: as, the apparent diminution of a receding body; the diminution of the velocity of a projectile.
    • n diminution In music, the repetition or imitation of a subject or theme in notes having one half or one quarter the duration of those first used: a favorite device in contrapuntal composition. See canon, counterpoint, and imitation.
    • n diminution In law, an omission in the record of a case sent up from an inferior court to the court of review.
    • n diminution In heraldry, differencing, especially that kind of differencing called cadency.
    • n diminution In architecture, the gradual decrease in the diameter of the shaft of a column from the base to the capital. Synonyms 1 and 2. Decrease, reduction, abridgment, abatement.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Diminution dim-in-ū′shun a lessening: degradation
    • n Diminution (gram.) a word formed from another to express a little one of the kind
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Quotations

  • Carl Jung
    Carl%20Jung
    “The achievements which society rewards are won at the cost of diminution of personality”
  • Source Unknown
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    “Never use big words where a diminutive one will suffice.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    Friedrich%20Nietzsche
    “The growth of wisdom may be gauged exactly by the diminution of ill temper.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel%20Johnson
    “Among the calamities of war, may be justly numbered the diminution of the love of truth, by the falsehoods which interest dictates, and credulity encourages.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. diminutio, or perh. rather deminutio,: cf. F. diminution,. See Diminish

Usage

In literature:

M. Morlot supposes their diminution in volume to have accompanied a general subsidence of the country to the extent of at least 1000 feet.
"The Geological Evidence of The Antiquity of Man" by Charles Lyell
No diminution came with the years.
"Autobiography of a YOGI" by Paramhansa Yogananda
The suffix "-et-" indicates diminution of degree in that which is expressed by the root.
"A Complete Grammar of Esperanto" by Ivy Kellerman Reed
There we found a diminutive old hermit, whose name was Braguibus, born at Glenay.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book V." by Francois Rabelais
These diminutive monkeys have long, non-prehensile tails, and they have a silky fur often of varied and beautiful colors.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 344, August 5, 1882" by Various
Idleness and sickness will impair our manufactures, and the diminution of our trade will lessen the revenue.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, Vol. 11." by Samuel Johnson
The building is diminutive, cheerful, well-made, and inclined, in its stone work, to be fantastical.
"Our Churches and Chapels" by Atticus
But the chief source of the diminution lies in the reduced number of people to be supported by the planter.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 2 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
But the chief source of the diminution lies in the reduced number of people to be supported by the planter.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
His grave is in the quiet churchyard quite close to the diminutive tower.
"Wanderings in Wessex" by Edric Holmes
And this general diminution of brutality was not the only form of social amelioration.
"Collections and Recollections" by George William Erskine Russell
The day of insensate conquests ending in a diminution of territory had not yet come.
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume VI. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
Thus beats the heart of the universe, but without increase or diminution of its total stock of force.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
About the size of a pigeon, it belongs to the tribe of the diminutive manakins, most of which have beautiful and curious plumage.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Aka (?Nka-ka-); usually diminutive, sometimes honorific.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
Finally he came to a clearing and stopped at an Arab village, where he met a great number of the diminutive nomads.
"Man And His Ancestor" by Charles Morris
We have borne the heat without any diminution of natural strength.
"Journal of a Residence at Bagdad" by Anthony Groves
Dr. Hales supposed, that by burning brimstone repeatedly in the same quantity of air, the diminution would continue without end.
"Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air" by Joseph Priestley
These cadets were somehow very diminutive in stature, and their presence was anything but manly.
"Aztec Land" by Maturin M. Ballou
The diminution is often considerable, often indeed absolute.
"Histology of the Blood" by Paul Ehrlich
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In poetry:

Success knows no diminution,
For failure hovers so near,
That with trace of slight dilution,
Success must cease to appear.
"Success" by Jared Barhite

In news:

The diminutive suffixed to their surnames at birth should have been understood as foreshadowing.
This diminutive trio of autumn constellations packs plenty of deep-sky wonders.
The latest Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum exhibit depicts an era when citizen Americans would try to overthrow "oppressive" foreign governments during the heyday of Ernest Hemingway's hero - the diminutive but manly Stephen Crane.
Diminutive Chapin grad is stellar for N.C. By Coy Slavik \ Special to The Times.
Bengals-Browns notebook: Diminutive Hawkins makes huge play on TD reception.
Diminutive Wolf packs quite a punch for Westminster.
Diminutive dwelling design wanted.
Frank's Kitchen is a diminutive spot filled with big flavor.
Diminutive Chris Conner looks to use speed to make Detroit Red Wings roster.
Free spirits who are not afraid of color and pattern can take a lesson from Ann Agee's diminutive creatures, perfectly cast in designer clothes.
In its first exhibition of a single artist in its new space, the Drawing Room will present a selection of drawings by Donald Sultan, with one new painting, the diminutive "Hanging Lanterns," at its epicenter.
The blooms of most fragrant flowering plants are a subdued cream, white or yellow in color and rather diminutive in size.
The Hard Candy Convertible is virtually identical, only now shrunken down for the diminutive mini.
Patty is the diminutive of Patricia , or a burger, and just not something you call a fella.
A breezy, simple diminutive of Olympia or female form of Pius.
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In science:

The development of a polyeffectons superfluid subsystem is accompanied by corresponding diminution of the normal component in He II  S ࢐ 1 and  ࢐ 0.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
In Figure 12 we show that this is part of a more general trend of line diminution in redder systems.
Active Galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey II: galaxy and activity evolution
SLR corrects for attenuation through clouds. — As long as the exposures are long enough to homogenize the extinction due to clouds blowing across the images being analyzed, then the SLR technique will compensate for a common flux diminution across each frame.
Stellar Locus Regression: Accurate Color Calibration, and the Real-time Determination of Galaxy Cluster Photometric Redshifts
It is useful in the same contexts as CFORM. - DIMINUTIVE: can take one of the values non diminutive ghair mu$aghar or diminutive $"ghit al-tta$gh"r.
A prototype for projecting HPSG syntactic lexica towards LMF
This increase of the mass will lead to a diminution of the calculated period ratios.
EROS differential studies of Cepheids in the Magellanic Clouds : Stellar pulsation, stellar evolution and distance scale
If the weakest of the three criteria is used, any increase in the accretion efficiency above the nominal is associated with a diminution of the black hole’s rotational energy, for it means that the accreting matter enters the hole with smaller angular momentum than it might otherwise have.
Magnetic Extraction of Spin Energy from a Black Hole
What causes the diminution? The realization that decoupling of the two fluids was not instantaneous results in a substantial decrease of the relic temperature fluctuations .
The Cosmic Microwave Background
One initially might propose that the very cold temperatures imply simply a diminution of the heating rate or enhancement of the cooling rate.
Evidence and Implications of Pressure Fluctuations in the ISM
Given the previous result this implies a diminution of the average extra-nuclear disk SF in the interacting sample.
Galaxy Collisions - Dawn of a New Era
The fixed-point states in the model are deviating from the usual physiological states of oscillation but appear when the lifting of checkpoints is postponed. The model showed that the hallmark of appearance of fixed points is diminution of the extrinsic noise.
Stable stochastic dynamics in yeast cell cycle
There seems to be no diminution in discussions regarding clock rates and what effects there may be on measuring rods on account of their motion.
The Behaviour of Clocks and Rods in Special and General Relativity
We wish, however, to use our TdM (Eqs. 16, 17) whose correction factor fdM depends logarithmically on the diminution of pv . fdM as it stands (Eq. 17) will not work since it was optimized for protons and characteristic (pv)s for ions of the same range are much larger, as we have just shown.
Techniques of Proton Radiotherapy: Transport Theory
For the PA and ACF statistics we have calibrated the resulting diminution of time dilation that would arise for the combined effects of redshift of temporal structure and averaging of regions that contain intervals.
Calibration of Tests for Time Dilation in GRB Pulse Structures
Analysis of the Arabic broken plural and diminutive.
Computing Prosodic Morphology
Important results in this sense will probably allow a sensible diminution of the theoretical error for WW or double resonant physics.
LEP2 4f review
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