slight

Definitions

  • Grasshopper, slightly magnified
    Grasshopper, slightly magnified
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj slight being of delicate or slender build "she was slender as a willow shoot is slender"- Frank Norris","a slim girl with straight blonde hair","watched her slight figure cross the street"
    • adj slight (quantifier used with mass nouns) small in quantity or degree; not much or almost none or (with `a') at least some "little rain fell in May","gave it little thought","little time is left","we still have little money","a little hope remained","there's slight chance that it will work","there's a slight chance it will work"
    • adj slight lacking substance or significance; a fragile claim to fame" "slight evidence","a tenuous argument","a thin plot"
    • v slight pay no attention to, disrespect "She cold-shouldered her ex-fiance"
    • n slight a deliberate discourteous act (usually as an expression of anger or disapproval)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Earth is not round, but slightly pear-shaped.
    • Slight Foolish; silly; weak in intellect.
    • Slight Not decidedly marked; not forcible; inconsiderable; unimportant; insignificant; not severe; weak; gentle; -- applied in a great variety of circumstances; as, a slighti. e., feeble) effort; a slighti. e., perishable) structure; a slighti. e., not deep) impression; a slighti. e., not convincing) argument; a slighti. e., not thorough) examination; slighti. e., not severe) pain, and the like. "At one slight bound.""Slight is the subject, but not so the praise.""Some firmly embrace doctrines upon slight grounds."
    • Slight Not stout or heavy; slender. "His own figure, which was formerly so slight ."
    • n Slight Sleight.
    • adv Slight Slightly. "Think not so slight of glory."
    • n Slight The act of slighting; the manifestation of a moderate degree of contempt, as by neglect or oversight; neglect; indignity.
    • v. t Slight To disregard, as of little value and unworthy of notice; to make light of; as, to slight the divine commands. "The wretch who slights the bounty of the skies.""Beware . . . lest the like befall . . . If they transgress and slight that sole command.""This my long-sufferance, and my day of grace,
      Those who neglect and scorn shall never taste."
    • Slight To make even or level.
    • Slight To overthrow; to demolish.
    • Slight To throw heedlessly. "The rogue slighted me into the river."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The right lung is slightly larger than the left
    • slight An obsolete form of sly.
    • slight Plain; smooth (in a physical sense).
    • slight Slender; slim; thin; light; hence, frail; unsubstantial: as, a slight figure; a slight structure.
    • slight Slender in character or ability; lacking force of character or intellect; feeble; hence, silly; foolish.
    • slight Very small, insignificant, or trifling; unimportant. Trivial; paltry: as, a slight excuse.
    • slight Of little amount; meager; slender: as, a slight repast.
    • slight Of little weight, or force, or intensity; feeble; gentle; mild: as, a slight impulse or impression; slight efforts; a slight cold.
    • slight Of little thoroughness; superficial; cursory; hasty; imperfect; not thorough or exhaustive: as, a slight glance; slight examination; a slight raking.
    • slight Slighting; contemptuous; disdainful.
    • slight Synonyms Flimsy.
    • slight Petty, scanty, hurried.
    • slight To make plain or smooth; smooth: as, to slight linen (to iron it).
    • slight To make level; demolish; overthrow.
    • slight To throw; cast.
    • slight To treat as of little value, or as unworthy of notice; disregard intentionally; treat with intentional neglect or disrespect; make little of.
    • slight Synonyms Disregard, etc. See neglect, v. t.
    • n slight An act of intentional neglect shown toward one who expects some notice or courtesy; failure to notice one; a deliberate ignoring or disregard of a person, out of displeasure or contempt.
    • n slight Intentional neglect; disrespect.
    • n slight Synonyms Disrespect. See the verb.
    • n slight A more correct, but obsolete spelling of sleight.
    • slight A contraction of by this light or God's light.
    • n slight A simplified and former spelling of sleight.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When the moon is directly over your head, you weigh slightly less.
    • adj Slight slīt weak: slender: of little value: trifling: small: negligent: not decided, superficial, cursory: slighting, disdainful
    • v.t Slight to disregard, as of little value: to neglect:
    • n Slight neglect: disregard, an act of discourtesy
    • n Slight slīt (Spens.) sleight, device, trick.
    • v.t Slight (obs.) to demolish, smooth
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Quotations

  • Thomas Fuller
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    “Slight small injuries, and they will become none at all.”
  • Tryon Edwards
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    “Credulity is belief in slight evidence, with no evidence, or against evidence.”
  • Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
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    “A face is too slight a foundation for happiness.”
  • George W. Goethals
    George W. Goethals
    “Faith in the ability of a leader is of slight service unless it be united with faith in his justice.”
  • Bernard Meltzer
    Bernard Meltzer
    “A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.”
  • Euripides
    Euripides
    “Slight not what's near through aiming at what's far.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. slit, sleght, probably from OD. slicht, slecht, simple, plain, D. slecht,; akin to OFries. sliucht, G. schlecht, schlicht, OHG. sleht, smooth, simple, Icel. slttr, smooth, Sw. slät, Goth. slaíhts,; or uncertain origin

Usage

In literature:

His hand shaking slightly, Rohscheimer passed him the card.
"The Sins of Séverac Bablon" by Sax Rohmer
His stiffly held, awkwardly erect figure relaxed, though very slightly.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
The preparation of coffee from the drying terraces is slightly more complicated.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Possibly if she did, Richard Darke's attentions to her would be received with less slighting indifference.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
He observed that her eyelids were slightly swollen, slightly red.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
The Prince bent his head slightly, but remained where he stood for a moment longer.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
Besides, the new planes still made him slightly nervous, though he could ride one when he had to.
"Out Like a Light" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Their figures are tall and slight.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
The upper mandible is often slightly arched.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I." by Charles Darwin
After all, it was no slight adventure to cross it.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
His lips held a slight pout as he glanced at the speaker.
"'Drag' Harlan" by Charles Alden Seltzer
The reports showed it to be slightly smaller in size than the Brookline meteor.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
This increase may be slight or excessive, local or general.
"Essentials of Diseases of the Skin" by Henry Weightman Stelwagon
He did not like even that slight touch of irony.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The blotting-paper should now be slightly and evenly damp.
"Bookbinding, and the Care of Books" by Douglas Cockerell
Most of the houses are very slightly built, and they are usually only one story high.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
How may slight deformities of the spine be prevented?
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
Still, there was a slight twinkle in the corner of those same eyes, which proclaimed him a man, though stern, of a kindly disposition.
"The Boy Allies with the Cossacks" by Clair W. Hayes
His age she supposed to be about twenty or slightly above.
"Coquette" by Frank Swinnerton
Charles Hayter seemed aware of being slighted, and yet Henrietta had sometimes the air of being divided between them.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
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In poetry:

Past, Future glimpse and fade
Through some slight spell,
A gleam from yonder vale, Some far blue fell; And sympathies, how frail,
In sound and smell!
"Early Spring" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
X. Oh no! for though the MANY slight,
Thou know'st at least my trivial worth,
For thou (who best canst touch my heart)
Canst call its best vibrations forth.
"The Drawing Room" by Sydney Owenson
'Midst many a gay and splendid flower,
The Violet sweetness still can breathe ;—
And thus be this, tho' slight its power,
The Violet' in Affection's wreath.
"Written In An Album" by Mary Anne Browne
Slight as thou art, thou art enough to hide,
Like all created things, secrets from me,
And stand a barrier to eternity.
And I, how can I praise thee well and wide?
"To A Daisy" by Alice Meynell
Lying alone I dreamed a dream last night:
Methought that Joy had come to comfort me
For all the past, its suffering and slight,
Yet in my heart I felt this could not be.
"Masked" by Madison Julius Cawein
And could have sworn her cheek had turned—a little . . .
Had slightly turned away . . .
Sunlight dozed on the floor . . . He sat and wondered,
Nor left his room that day.
"The House Of Dust: Part 03: 02:" by Conrad Potter Aiken

In news:

What we have here is a solid five stars worth of acting talent in a slightly shaky four stars worth of movie.
There's a slight grimace in the face of 29-year old Jason Bates - a member of the recently burned Ashby Baptist Church.
The beginning of August was always a slightly melancholy time, back in the day.
Photos by ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL These medium wash, bootcut jeans fit well through the thigh, flare slightly at the ankle and are the right length with the boots.
Fitch Ratings downgrades EPB bond rating slightly.
Yes, we understand there are some stories in the world slightly more important than Kate Middleton (think: revolution in the Middle East, economic crisis in Europe).
New Poll Shows McKenna With Slight Lead.
Braving the heat, slight storm risk.
The Sennheiser MKE 1 is a clip-on microphone with a capsule slightly larger than a match head that delivers full sound with clear treble, according to the company.
Balmy and slightly chilly, the Green Wave took the field, ready to win their homecoming game.
Other than a slight cough — his mother thought he was getting a cold — he seemed fine.
After a slight detour, Brady's childhood dream of playing football for Utah State has come more than true.
The chance for showers will linger into tonight with just a slight chance, but continued chilly, tomorrow.
Inslee Maintaining Slight Lead Over McKenna In Governor's Race.
The US Department of Agriculture reported Monday that topsoil moisture supplies declined slightly as daytime highs reach 90 degrees or hotter in many locations across Minnesota.
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In science:

One can obtain a slightly weaker (but still hopelessly ineffective!) variant of the Positivity Condition by approximating ϕk from above by step functions.
Determinantal random point fields
In fact, for such fields we will prove a result that is slightly stronger than Theorem 1.
On the existence of absolutely simple abelian varieties of a given dimension over an arbitrary field
Here we undertake a similar study, but using a slightly more sophisticated method.
A TiO study of the dwarf nova IP Pegasi
The more general version considered here is slightly stronger.
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
The observed trend may be slightly fortuitous given the large error-bars on each point.
Disc heating in NGC 2985
We here give a slightly different proof by generalizing the proof given in [Li2] for the corresponding result for vertex superalgebras.
Generalized vertex algebras generated by parafermion-like vertex operators
We now describe a slight variant of the independent shuffles random walk introduced in Section 3.1.
Random walks on wreath products of groups
It is useful to have a slight variant of this: d(L) = µ(ˆ0, ˆ1) + XX ∈M where M is the set of maximal elements of L − ˆ1.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
For similar reasons, slightly different truncations were also used by Toubol [Tou] (and probably first) in the study of the CLT for the SK model with vector valued spins.
Fluctuations of the free energy in the REM and the p-spin SK models
This new definition is a slight generalization to any subinterval in S 1 .
Sextactic points on a simple closed curve
In order for this to be true, the faces and edges are slightly curved , unlike those of the tetrakaidecahedral cell model.
Elastic moduli of model random three-dimensional closed-cell cellular solids
Because the two models differ slightly in constructing the ansatz, we will treat them separately for the moment .
Simple models with Alice fluxes
On the complexity side, we have shown that slight generalizations of the basic map-folding problem are (weakly) NP-complete.
When Can You Fold a Map?
The specialization to almost commutative models is then straightforward ( see also a slightly different approach in ).
Left-Right Symmetric Models in Noncommutative Geometries?
When increasing the frequency to certain values slightly above the natural frequency, all phase vectors tend to point to a uniform direction, indicating a new phase state.
Localize energy in random media: A new phase state
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