• WordNet 3.6
    • adj miniature being on a very small scale "a miniature camera"
    • n miniature a copy that reproduces a person or thing in greatly reduced size
    • n miniature painting or drawing included in a book (especially in illuminated medieval manuscripts)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Tom Thumb golf course was the first miniature golf course in the United States. It was built it 1929 in Chattanooga, Tennessee by John Garnet Carter.
    • Miniature A particular feature or trait.
    • a Miniature Being on a small scale; much reduced from the reality; as, a miniature copy.
    • Miniature Greatly diminished size or form; reduced scale.
    • Miniature Lettering in red; rubric distinction.
    • Miniature Originally, a painting in colors such as those in mediæval manuscripts; in modern times, any very small painting, especially a portrait.
    • v. t Miniature To represent or depict in a small compass, or on a small scale.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n miniature A painting, generally a portrait, of very small dimensions, usually executed in water-colors, but sometimes in oil, on ivory, vellum, or paper of a thick and fine quality.
    • n miniature Hence Anything represented on a greatly reduced scale.
    • n miniature A greatly reduced scale, style, or form.
    • n miniature Red letter; lettering in red lead or vermilion.
    • n miniature Anything small or on a small scale.
    • miniature On a small scale; much reduced from natural size.
    • miniature To represent or depict on a small scale.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Miniature min′i-a-tūr or min′i-tūr a painting on a very small scale, on ivory, vellum, or thick paper: a small or reduced copy of anything
    • adj Miniature on a small scale: minute
    • v.t Miniature to represent on a small scale
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  • Matt Groening
    Matt Groening
    “Love is a perky elf dancing a merry little jig and then suddenly he turns on you with a miniature machine gun.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. miniatura, fr. L. miniare,. See Miniate (v.),Minium


In literature:

The miniatures were gathered together in the early part of the eighteenth century by Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford.
"The Dukeries" by R. Murray Gilchrist
Is it the solar system or some other system illustrated in miniature?
"The Crack of Doom" by Robert Cromie
This room contains everything in miniature that you will see when we arrive.
"Wanted--7 Fearless Engineers!" by Warner Van Lorne
Miniature Plow, late 19th century to early 20th century.
"Agricultural Implements and Machines in the Collection of the National Museum of History and Technology" by John T. Schlebecker
It was a miniature daintily painted on ivory.
"The Panchronicon" by Harold Steele Mackaye
Above all others, however, the miniature is the typical token of love.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905" by Various
The something was an oval miniature on ivory.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
It has been defined as a composition in miniature.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
Come along, all of you, and gaze at my miniatures.
"The Master Mummer" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Madge was painting a miniature of Eleanor.
"A Bookful of Girls" by Anna Fuller
That he ever painted Anne Boleyn, unless in miniature, seems doubtful.
"Holbein" by Beatrice Fortescue
As a talisman he wears on his chest a golden locket with my miniature.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
Then he realized that it was no toy at all, but a faithful miniature of a commercial plane.
"The Pygmy Planet" by John Stewart Williamson
It is the miniature of an old friend.
"A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties" by Charles Major
They clearly set forth the most complete, and, at the same time, the most costly miniature model railway system in the world.
"The Harmsworth Magazine, v. 1, 1898-1899, No. 2" by Various
On the spot quivered a miniature lake of molten glass!
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various
Fox (Major-Gen.) on Cooper's miniature of Cromwell, 234.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
Another book, of a much greater age, was a copy of the four Gospels, with four finely-executed miniatures of the evangelists.
"Visits To Monasteries in the Levant" by Robert Curzon
On a still day fanning sets the air in motion, and creates a miniature breeze, the sound of which we hear in the swishing of the fan.
"Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know" by Julia Ellen Rogers
Impossible to deny a richness in this miniature.
"Where the Pavement Ends" by John Russell

In poetry:

Would, as now, we might endure,
Twain as one--thou miniature
Ruler, at the rein of me--
Knightly Rider of the Knee!
"The Rider Of The Knee" by James Whitcomb Riley
Handsome as the Prince of Evil,
And devout as St. Ignatius.
Deft at fence, unmatched with zither,
Miniature of knightly virtues.
"Don Pedrillo" by Emma Lazarus
Adam, arise, since I do thee impart
A spirit warm from my benignant breath:
Arise, arise, first man,
And joyous let the world
Embrace its living miniature in thee!
"Adam: A Sacred Drama. Act 1. " by William Cowper
Oh those long weary days thro' a miniature hell
Short of water and nothing to eat,
Each hour we climbed down for a few minutes' spell
And dozed safe and sound and your feet.
"Farewell Old War Horse" by Anonymous Oceania
True to you only, in my heart
I wear your spirit miniature,
Sincere in simpleness of art,
That makes my love to still endure,
O girl, so like a lily pure!
Through years that keep us still apart.
"“The years, wherein I never knew”" by Madison Julius Cawein
I envied then the favored breeze
That dallied with your flowing hair,
Begrudged the songsters in the trees
And longed to be a flow'ret fair--
Some favorite blossom like heartease--
Within your miniature parterre.
"Supplicating" by Hattie Howard

In news:

Throughout her life, Lenora Holper has had dogs, but her miniature poodle Milo is more than a pet.
Terrier Group: Miniature Schnauzer .
POTSDAM – To some, a picture may be worth a thousand words, but for local hobbyist Lorraine Sinnigen, a picture is no match for a miniature replica.
Power Efficiency Is Key Factor in Device Miniaturization .
0.25mm Pitch FPC Connectors: Smaller Flexible Printed Circuit Connectors to Meet Miniaturization Trend.
Addressing Product Miniaturization Challenges for Medical Electronics.
Microfabrica launches educational miniaturization webinars.
Additive-manufacturing parts producer Microfabrica Inc is offering a series of miniaturization -focused webinars for design engineers, according to the company.
Mopsy , a 4-year-old 5 pound miniature poodle, was brought to the Maryland SPCA after being found on the side of the road in Baltimore.
Miniature traps that catch bacteria might provide a way to tackle the problem of patients becoming infected while in hospital.
A quietly humming miniature town is vacant on a hot afternoon.
From Laser Light to a Miniature Star.
Miniature Schnauzer MALE 9 MONTHS OLD  Towson, MD.
Universal Orlando Resort opened Hollywood Drive-In Golf at Universal CityWalk earlier this week, and its two 18-hole courses offer two unique miniature golf experiences.
Friends of Gambles Miniature Schnauzers.

In science:

The technology base that exists in the solid-state area with regards to miniaturization is unparalleled.
A Self Assembled Nanoelectronic Quantum Computer Based on the Rashba Effect in Quantum Dots
There is a miniature SuperKamiokande detector at the near end at KEK to monitor the beam.
Tau2000 Conference Summary
The miniaturization of electronic and mechanical devices requires investigations of very small wires whose diameters and lengths are in the range from 1 nm to 10 nm.
Multi-shell gold nanowires under compression
The advantages of quantum information dynamics, i.e. miniaturization, speed, computational and memory capacity, are preserved in that case.
A neural-network-like quantum information processing system
This yields the hope that further progress in miniaturization of the experimental set up or searching for cases with longer tunneling time could open a new possibility to investigate the tunneling time experimentally.
Tunnel junction as a noise probe
Moreover, with nanomechanical oscillators being used in many experiments [1, 2, 3, 4] the possibility of using purely optical control seems more attractive for miniaturization as well as scaling.
Trapping and Cooling a mirror to its quantum mechanical ground state
Localized thermal analysis using a miniaturized resistive probe.
Electron Thermal Microscopy
Prototype miniature tester with embedded Digital Logic Core.
Low-Cost Multi-Gigahertz Test Systems Using CMOS FPGAs and PECL
PECL logic used in a miniature tester with embedded Digital Logic Core.
Low-Cost Multi-Gigahertz Test Systems Using CMOS FPGAs and PECL
Figure 16. Measured 1.0 Gbps eye diagram, produced by the miniature WLP tester.
Low-Cost Multi-Gigahertz Test Systems Using CMOS FPGAs and PECL
Figure 19. 5.0 Gbps eye diagram, produced with the miniature WLP tester.
Low-Cost Multi-Gigahertz Test Systems Using CMOS FPGAs and PECL
The effective area of each sensor was enhanced by a compound miniature light concentrator.
Detection of Cherenkov light from air showers with Geiger-APDs
First, our solenoids can be miniaturized, allowing us to create high magnetic fields in a small volume with relatively low currents running through the solenoid windings.
Stopping Supersonic Beams with an Atomic Coilgun
An important advantage of miniaturizing atom traps on a chip is the possibility of obtaining very tight trapping structures with the capability of manipulating atoms on the micron length scale.
Progress in atom chips and the integration of optical microcavities
Optical methods exist to accomplish these tasks, but are only just now starting to be miniaturized and integrated into atom chips.
Progress in atom chips and the integration of optical microcavities