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  • to decrease, shrink, vanish, or become less continuously but somewhat unsteadily or gradually
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

Dwin"dle (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Dwindled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Dwindling (?).] [From OE. dwinen to languish, waste away, AS. dwīnan; akin to LG. dwinen, D. dwijnen to vanish, Icel. dvīna to cease, dwindle, Sw. tvina; of uncertain origin. The suffix -le, preceded by d excrescent after n, is added to the root with a diminutive force.] To diminish; to become less; to shrink; to waste or consume away; to become degenerate; to fall away.

Weary sennights nine times nine
Shall he dwindle, peak and pine.

Religious societies, though begun with excellent intentions,
are said to have dwindled into factious clubs.

Dwin"dle, v. t. 1. To make less; to bring low.

Our drooping days are dwindled down to naught.

2. To break; to disperse. [R.] Clarendon.

Dwin"dle, n. The process of dwindling; dwindlement; decline; degeneracy. [R.] Johnson.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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