• WordNet 3.6
    • adj minuscule very small "a minuscule kitchen","a minuscule amount of rain fell"
    • adj minuscule lowercase "little a","small a","e.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters"
    • adj minuscule of or relating to a small cursive script developed from uncial; 7th to 9th centuries
    • n minuscule a small cursive script developed from uncial between the 7th and 9th centuries and used in medieval manuscripts
    • n minuscule the characters that were once kept in bottom half of a compositor's type case
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Minuscule A small Roman letter which is neither capital nor uncial; a manuscript written in such letters.
    • Minuscule Any very small, minute object.
    • adj minuscule Of or relating to a minuscule{2} or of a script written in minuscules{2}; of the size and style of minuscules{2}; written in minuscules{2}; minuscular. "These minuscule letters are cursive forms of the earlier uncials."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • minuscule Small; of reduced form, as a letter; of or pertaining to writing in minuscule.
    • n minuscule The kind of reduced alphabetical character which, originating in the seventh century, was from about the ninth substituted in writing for the large uncial previously in use, and from which the small letter of modern Greek and Roman alphabets was derived; hence, a small or lower-case letter in writing or printing, as distinguished from a capital or majuscule.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Minuscule a semi-uncial cursive script, originated by the monks in the 7th-9th centuries: any small or lower-case letter as distinguished from a capital or Majuscule
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. minusculus, rather small, fr. minus, less: cf. F. minuscule,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., neuter of minor, less.


In literature:

To press such minuscule charges in the first place had been a mistake.
"Wild Justice" by Ruth M. Sprague
Then heavy winter rainfall transports these minuscule clay particles deeper into the earth, where they concentrate.
"Gardening Without Irrigation: or without much, anyway" by Steve Solomon
None the less it must be said for them that they take fairly good care of their minuscule quadrupeds.
"Corea or Cho-sen" by A (Arnold) Henry Savage-Landor
More subdivided land holdings in the country made holdings of cottagers minuscule.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
Written in regular Italian minuscules of the 15th century, formed on the models of the 11th and 12th centuries.
"Catalogue of the William Loring Andrews Collection of Early Books in the Library of Yale University" by Anonymous
And there are a few additions in minuscules by a still later hand.
"Dio's Rome, Volume 1 (of 6)" by Cassius Dio
Figure 61 illustrates a type form of minuscule which may be commended for study.
"Letters and Lettering" by Frank Chouteau Brown
Minuscules, legibility, 122-124, 126; of late origin, 118.
"The Booklover and His Books" by Harry Lyman Koopman
Is that minuscule lump of humanity your own?
"Anything You Can Do ..." by Gordon Randall Garrett
The amount of antibodies created was, unfortunately, minuscule.
"Syndrome" by Thomas Hoover
Scumbag street-vendors: Ha ha ha, look at these goth kids mouthing off to the law, that cop must have minuscule testicles!
"Makers" by Cory Doctorow
These agree in the main, but differ for the more recently discovered minuscules.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7" by Various
The first book wholly printed in Greek minuscules was Lascaris' Grammar at Milan in 1476.
"The Century of Columbus" by James J. Walsh

In news:

Once per day, a minuscule stream of radio waves joins this cacophony, making the 13.8-minute trip from an antenna on Earth to an SUV-size machine parked on the surface of Mars.
PLAYING HOUSE The minuscule dining room.
Hope lives, however minuscule, however dim.
If you've been finding it hard to visualize just how minuscule Ford's 3-cylinder 1.0- liter EcoBoost engine is, the company provided us with this handy image, showing the pint-sized powerplant tucked into a carry-on bag.
L ast summer, they were minuscule.
Homegrown Terrorism Has Shrunk to Minuscule Proportions.
IPv6 Web Address Adoption Growing but Traffic Remains Minuscule .
'Monsters' review: minuscule budget of 'monsters' shows only thing this movie has going for it.
A Minuscule Drive, Except for the Memory.
At first it will produce a minuscule 4 kilowatts – enough to heat a large electric kettle.
Why Indies Tolerate Spotify's Minuscule Royalties.
You can't beat Australian reds for quality-price ratio -- those ancient soils and minuscule rainfalls create amazing concentrations and flavors.
And though it's a marvelous device, its minuscule size will prove a challenge to anyone with average-sized hands.
The band has an idea to release an album full of short songs, all under two minutes—perfect for the minuscule kid attention span.
Minuscule amounts of radiation from Japan's damaged nuclear plant have reached Las Vegas, but scientists say itposes no health risk.

In science:

The Lorentz-violation parameters are known to be minuscule, and so this formalism is well suited to treatment within perturbation theory.
Testing Relativity with Orbiting Oscillators
Since Lorentz-violating effects are minuscule, they can be calculated in the framework of conventional perturbation theory.
Tests of Lorentz Symmetry with Penning Traps and Antihydrogen
In contrast, no excess is observed at the ¡(4S) in accord with its minuscule branching fraction.
Test of lepton universality and search for lepton flavor violation in Upsilon(1S,2S,3S) decays at CLEO
The detection of Lorentz violation at a lower energy scale, even minuscule, could be interpreted as a signature of spontaneous Lorentz violation at the underlying theory (defined at a higher energy scale).
Influence of Lorentz-violating terms on a two-level system
As there are 2200 possible outcomes in total, the chance of 200 heads in a row is still minuscule.
An Algorithmic Information Theory Critique of Statistical Arguments for Intelligent Design
The measurement of a minuscule state may involve the interaction of a measuring device and a measured system at a mismatched scale so that information contained within one cell is not retrieved.
Generalized Entropy from Mixing: Thermodynamics, Mutual Information and Symmetry Breaking
In fact, the majority of theoretical approaches to quantum gravity (although based on Lorentz symmetry) can accommodate minuscule deviations from special relativity in the ground state.
Relativity tests and their motivation
However, if the true power is close to zero or one, the probability that the number of positive outcomes at time τ(N −2) will be close to (N − 2)/2 will tend to be minuscule.
An algorithm to compute the power of Monte Carlo tests with guaranteed precision
Suppose the spontaneous CPT and Lorentz violation indeed generates minuscule effects at the level of the electroweak scale.
Testing CPT with B Mesons
Minuscule low-energy signals of CPT and Lorentz breaking could then emerge in experiments sensitive to effects suppressed by the ratio of a low-energy scale to the Planck scale.
CPT and Lorentz tests with muons
The same reasoning will also work for other Lie types if one takes for V a minuscule representation.
A Path Algorithm for Affine Kazhdan-Lusztig Polynomials
Monte-Carlo samples from the posterior do not provide accurate estimates of the parameter best-fit values (in high dimensions the best-fit region typically has a much higher likelihood than the mean, but it occupies a minuscule fraction of parameter space) therefore we do not quote best fit points.
Cosmological parameters from CMB and other data: a Monte-Carlo approach
Proctor, Minuscule elements of Weyl groups, the numbers game, and d-complete posets, J.
On rank functions for heaps
Stembridge, Minuscule elements of Weyl groups, J.
On rank functions for heaps
The E6 -module J3 (O) is minuscule, meaning that its weights with respect to any maximal torus of E6 , are all conjugate under the Weyl group action.
The Chow ring of the Cayley plane