diminutive

Definitions

  • Diminutive Patriot
    Diminutive Patriot
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj diminutive very small "diminutive in stature","a lilliputian chest of drawers","her petite figure","tiny feet","the flyspeck nation of Bahrain moved toward democracy"
    • n diminutive a word that is formed with a suffix (such as -let or -kin) to indicate smallness
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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.
    • Diminutive (Gram) A derivative from a noun, denoting a small or a young object of the same kind with that denoted by the primitive; as, gosling eaglet lambkin . "Babyisms and dear diminutives ."
    • Diminutive Below the average size; very small; little.
    • Diminutive Expressing diminution; as, a diminutive word.
    • Diminutive Something of very small size or value; an insignificant thing. "Such water flies, diminutives of nature."
    • Diminutive Tending to diminish. "Diminutive of liberty."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • diminutive Small; little; narrow; contracted: as, a race of diminutive men; a diminutive house.
    • diminutive Having the power of diminishing or lessening; tending to diminish, decrease, or abridge.
    • diminutive In grammar, expressing something small or little: as, a diminutive word; the diminutive suffixes ‘-kin.’ ‘-let,’ ‘-ling,’ etc. See II., 3.
    • n diminutive I. Anything very small as to size, importance, value, etc.: as, a dainty diminutive
    • n diminutive In old medicine, something that dimishes or abates.
    • n diminutive In grammar, a word formed from another word, usually an appellative or generic term, to express a little thing of the kind: as, in Latin,lapillus, a little stone, from lapis, a stone; cellula, a little cell, from cella, a cell; in French, maisonnette, a little house, from maison, a house; in English, manikin, a little man, from man; rivulet, which a double diminutive, being from Latin rivulus, a diminutive of rivus, a river, with the English diminutive of rivus, a river, with the English diminutive termination -et. Many terminations originally diminutive, or words having such terminations, have lost diminutive force. The principal suffixes in English recognized as diminutive are -et, -kin, -let, -ling, -ock, -in, and -y or -ie. See also -el, -elle, -ule, -cute, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Diminutive of a diminished size: small: contracted
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Quotations

  • Carl Jung
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    “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
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    “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
Cf. L. deminutivus, F. diminutif,

Usage

In literature:

Into her diminutive mekewap the Willow thrust her head to see that things were as she had left them yesterday.
"Baree, Son of Kazan" by James Oliver Curwood
With these diminutions, Philip had now received all the dominions of his father.
"The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume I.(of III) 1555-66" by John Lothrop Motley
It ought to have been within the power of the Spaniard to crush his diminutive adversary.
"History of the United Netherlands, 1600-09, Vol. IV. Complete" by John Lothrop Motley
Looking from that door, they saw his diminutive figure, already a good distance off, moving across the fields.
"Galusha the Magnificent" by Joseph C. Lincoln
Diminutive in person, bad-temper became him ill; besides, his whole education and tastes were opposed to scenes of violence.
"Chopin: The Man and His Music" by James Huneker
This diminutive little animal flew into my tent at the Depot, attracted by the light.
"Expedition into Central Australia" by Charles Sturt
These were the first retrenchments, and the diminution of dignity was felt.
"Magnum Bonum" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Crouching low on the hearth could be seen the diminutive figure of Miss Weeks.
"Dark Hollow" by Anna Katherine Green
Josephine Gavaudan, who was known throughout the town by the familiar diminutive of Fine, was a tall, strapping wench of about thirty.
"The Fortune of the Rougons" by Emile Zola
And the whole French family suffered a diminution of power from the strange phantasy which had come upon Arabella.
"He Knew He Was Right" by Anthony Trollope
Mr. Parr selected a diminutive, yellow cigar and held it up.
"The Inside of the Cup, Complete" by Winston Churchill
At the portal a diminutive messenger delivered a large white box, ornately bound in lavender ribbons.
"The Voice on the Wire" by Eustace Hale Ball
In reality, Glafira's power suffered no diminution; the giving out and buying of stores still depended on her.
"A House of Gentlefolk" by Ivan Turgenev
It was, indeed, one of those small voices that come from things diminutive and young.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
He acts decidedly like a diminutive trapeze performer.
"Our Bird Comrades" by Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
A sensible diminution in geographical discovery marks the close of the eighteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth centuries.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Two years previous to the entire change the quantity was great, but there had been a gradual diminution.
"Vegetable Diet: As Sanctioned by Medical Men, and by Experience in All Ages" by William Andrus Alcott
There are three species of toucans in Demerara, and three diminutives, which may be called toucanets.
"Wanderings in South America" by Charles Waterton
This little reform made a wretched existence happy, and has had for its result an increase in production with a diminution of fatigue.
"The Intellectual Life" by =Philip Gilbert Hamerton
Great changes have been effected in the head, resulting in a diminution of the cranial flexure.
"The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1" by Francis Maitland Balfour
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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:

Diminutive Noemie Thomas sets new Canadian record in 50-metre butterfly.
Edwina Tops-Alexander and the diminutive Cevo Itot du Chateau claimed their second consecutive Global Champions Tour Series.
But Hollywood actors are only slightly taller, on average, than their fans NPR critic Bob Mondello takes a look at actors' heights: who's commandingly short, or diminutively tall.
The University of Notre Dame equips nearly 80 classrooms with custom lecterns that house AV technology with a diminutive footprint.
The little shop opened in 2004 and quickly earned a loyal following for its distinctively cute diminutive donuts .
Researchers analyze a diminutive forelimb bone, calling it conclusive evidence that a tiny mammoth resided on the Greek island.
Fiat will use the Los Angeles Auto Show to add three new versions of the diminutive 500.
The Fiesta 's version of MyFord Touch (MFT) will use a 6.5-inch touch screen, which the company decided was the right size for its diminutive center stack.
Top Drawer Soccer, probably one of the best places to keep track of College Soccer, offers in their latest Mock Draft that PTFC (3rd pick) will go for Mikey Lopez, a diminutive midfielder (5'8 160 pounds) from North Carolina.
Many of the hardships people face today represent a diminution of comfort, not a quest for survival.
If you were enthralled by the diminutive, charming protagonist of Steven Spielberg's E.T.
A fivepiece draped in ties, vests, and violins waited as its diminutive singer meticulously checked the levels on her microphone.
Open the door to Gladys Divall's apartment on the seventh floor of the North Barre Manor elderly housing tower in Barre, and a diminutive woman greets you with a smile, stepping forward from her tidy kitchen.
For instance, take diminutive Malaysian singer/songwriter Zee Avi, who plays at the Loft at UCSD on Sunday, and at M-Theory earlier in the day.
Here's a look at some of the competition the diminutive Apple tablet faces.
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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
If AGN heating is responsible for a diminution of the mass deposition rate in a whole range of clusters, the AGN needs to be regulated by the ICM itself.
Feedback in AGN heating of galaxy clusters
The approximate magnitude of this diminution varies significantly with wavelength, with the mid- to far-infrared being the most favorable bands.
Theoretical Interpretation of the Measurements of the Secondary Eclipses of TrES-1 and HD209458b
The administrators of the main european cities such as London, Paris and Madrid, soon noticed a strong correlation between the illumination of streets and public spaces and the diminution in the crime rates.
Simple circuit theory and the solution of two electricity problems from the Victorian Age
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
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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
That is, the energy deposited by the divergence of the work done by stress always outweighs the diminution in energy due to the net inflow of binding energy brought by accretion.
General Relativistic MHD Jets
The diminution of fluence on axis due to MCS eventually outweighs the increase in proton stopping power.
Techniques of Proton Radiotherapy: Transport Theory
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