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- To make, or to become smaller
- To taper
- (music) To reduce a perfect or minor interval by a semitone
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Di*min"ish (?), v. t. [imp. &
p. p. Diminished (?); p. pr. & vb.
n. Diminishing.] [Pref. di- (= L. dis-
) + minish: cf. L. diminuere, F. diminuer,
OE. diminuen. See Dis-, and Minish.]
1. To make smaller in any manner; to reduce in
bulk or amount; to lessen; -- opposed to augment or
Not diminish, but rather increase, the
2. To lessen the authority or dignity of; to
put down; to degrade; to abase; to weaken.
This doth nothing diminish their
opinion. Robynson (More's Utopia).
I will diminish them, that they shall no more
rule over the nations. Ezek. xxix. 15.
O thou . . . at whose sight all the stars Milton.
Hide their diminished heads.
3. (Mus.) To make smaller by a half
step; to make (an interval) less than minor; as, a diminished
4. To take away; to subtract.
Neither shall ye diminish aught from
it. Deut. iv. 2.
Diminished column, one whose upper diameter
is less than the lower. -- Diminished, or
Diminishing, scale, a scale
of gradation used in finding the different points for drawing the
spiral curve of the volute. Gwilt. -- Diminishing
rule (Arch.), a board cut with a concave edge,
for fixing the entasis and curvature of a shaft. --
Diminishing stile (Arch.), a stile which
is narrower in one part than in another, as in many glazed
Syn. -- To decrease; lessen; abate; reduce; contract;
curtail; impair; degrade. See Decrease.
Di*min"ish, v. i. To become or
appear less or smaller; to lessen; as, the apparent size of an object
diminishes as we recede from it.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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