exiguity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n exiguity the quality of being meager "an exiguity of cloth that would only allow of miniature capes"-George Eliot"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Exiguity Scantiness; smallness; thinness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n exiguity Smallness; slenderness; tenuity.
    • n exiguity Scantiness; slightness; meagerness: as, the exiguity of a description.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. exiguitas, fr. exiguus, small: cf. F. exiguité,

Usage

In literature:

Flora saw her father trembling in all his exiguous length, though he held himself stiffer than ever if that was possible.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
His jaw fell; there was a remarkable exiguity about the coat which was inexplicable.
"Stories by English Authors: Orient" by Various
She arrived punctually at eight o'clock next Sunday, carrying an exiguous green linen bag, which contained her dresses.
"Beyond" by John Galsworthy
If our pecuniary resources be exiguous, let our resolution, Dick, supply the deficiencies of Fortune.
"Burlesques" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Perhaps in her girlhood, when I had often seen her in such exiguous finery, they had not been so shapely.
"The Red Planet" by William J. Locke
Men were bringing in a grove of evergreens, intended to border the staircase, and make its exiguous ascent still more difficult.
"What Will He Do With It, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
He pondered these matters as he ate, spinning out his exiguous meal to its uttermost crumb to make it as satisfying as possible.
"A Maid of the Silver Sea" by John Oxenham
They raided the delicatessen at eleven o'clock, and made an exiguous meal on the plunder.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
We got up, had a cheery and exiguous breakfast to distant, intermittent firing, then did a little work on our bicycles.
"Adventures of a Despatch Rider" by W. H. L. Watson
He would rank with Wolfe; indeed, considering the exiguity of his means, his feat would surpass that of Wolfe.
"The Bastonnais" by John Lesperance
Even at this stage of the campaign, we fought in Mesopotamia, both sides, with the most exiguous number of planes.
"The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad" by Edward John Thompson
This is a London egg, and this is London bacon, and this exiguous liquid which "laves the milk-jug with celestial blue" is London milk.
"Recollections" by David Christie Murray
Flora saw her father trembling in all his exiguous length, though he held himself stiffer than ever if that was possible.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
Nowhere are seen such prodigies of exiguity.
"The Pictureque Antiquities of Spain;" by Nathaniel Armstrong Wells
For the inflated he cherishes a noiseless, most exiguous bodkin.
"Francis Beaumont: Dramatist" by Charles Mills Gayley
Some of them, starting with exiguous capital, have made large fortunes in a year or two of trade.
"South America and the War" by F. A. Kirkpatrick
The hospitality of the simple peasant was as hearty, his welcome as warm, as his means were exiguous.
"The Alps" by Martin Conway
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In science:

There is some exiguous evidence that the relative percentage of He/N and hybrid/Fe IIb novae may be somewhat higher in the Milky Way.
A Spectroscopic and Photometric Survey of Novae in M31
This motion is used to move the mouse pointer that is controlled in a fashion relatively similar to standard mouse devices. This system can be used with great accuracy even when the user has exiguous cephalic motion control.
A Prototype System for Controlling a Computer by Head Movements and Voice Commands
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