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diminish

DIMINISH, v.t. [L., to lessen; less.]

1. To lessen; to make less or smaller, by any means; opposed to increase and augment; as, to diminish the size of a thing by contraction, or by cutting off a part; to diminish a number by subtraction; to diminish the revenue by limiting commerce, or reducing the customs; to diminish strength or safety; to diminish the heat of a room. It is particularly applied to bulk and quantity, as shorten is to length.

2. To lessen; to impair; to degrade.

I will diminish them, that they shall no more rule over the nations. Ezekiel 29.

3. In music, to take from a note by a sharp, flat or natural.

To diminish from, to take away something.

Neither shall you diminish aught from it Deuteronomy 4.

DIMINISH, v.i. To lessen; to become or appear less or smaller. The size of an object diminishes, as we recede from it.




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DIMINISH, v.t. [L., to lessen; less.]

1. To lessen; to make less or smaller, by any means; opposed to increase and augment; as, to diminish the size of a thing by contraction, or by cutting off a part; to diminish a number by subtraction; to diminish the revenue by limiting commerce, or reducing the customs; to diminish strength or safety; to diminish the heat of a room. It is particularly applied to bulk and quantity, as shorten is to length.

2. To lessen; to impair; to degrade.

I will diminish them, that they shall no more rule over the nations. Ezekiel 29.

3. In music, to take from a note by a sharp, flat or natural.

To diminish from, to take away something.

Neither shall you diminish aught from it Deuteronomy 4.

DIMINISH, v.i. To lessen; to become or appear less or smaller. The size of an object diminishes, as we recede from it.


DI-MIN'ISH, v.i.

To lessen; to become or appear less or smaller. The apparent size of an object diminishes, as we recede from it.


DI-MIN'ISH, v.t. [L. diminuo; di and minuo, to lessen; minor, less; It. diminuire; Fr. diminuer; Sp. diminuir; Ir. min, fine; mion, small; W. main, meinw, small, slender; Russ. menshe, less; umenshayu, to diminish; Ar. مَنَّ manna, to cut off, to weaken, to diminish. Class Mn, No. 5.]

  1. To lessen; to make less or smaller, by any means; opposed to increase and augment; as, to diminish the size of a thing by contraction, or by cutting off a part; to diminish a number by subtraction; to diminish the revenue by limiting commerce, or reducing the customs; to diminish strength or safety; to diminish the heat of a room. It is particularly applied to bulk and quantity, as shorten is to length.
  2. To lessen; to impair; to degrade. I will diminish them, that they shall no more rule over nations. – Ezek. xxix.
  3. In music, to take from a note by a sharp, flat or natural. To diminish from, to take away something. [Obs.] Neither shall you diminish aught from it. – Deut. iv.

Di*min"ish
  1. To make smaller in any manner] to reduce in bulk or amount; to lessen; -- opposed to augment or increase.

    Not diminish, but rather increase, the debt. Barrow.

  2. To become or appear less or smaller; to lessen; as, the apparent size of an object diminishes as we recede from it.
  3. 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
    Hide their diminished heads.
    Milton.

  4. To make smaller by a half step; to make (an interval) less than minor; as, a diminished seventh.
  5. 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 doors.

    Syn. -- To decrease; lessen; abate; reduce; contract; curtail; impair; degrade. See Decrease.

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Diminish

DIMINISH, verb transitive [Latin , to lessen; less.]

1. To lessen; to make less or smaller, by any means; opposed to increase and augment; as, to diminish the size of a thing by contraction, or by cutting off a part; to diminish a number by subtraction; to diminish the revenue by limiting commerce, or reducing the customs; to diminish strength or safety; to diminish the heat of a room. It is particularly applied to bulk and quantity, as shorten is to length.

2. To lessen; to impair; to degrade.

I will diminish them, that they shall no more rule over the nations. Ezekiel 29:15.

3. In music, to take from a note by a sharp, flat or natural.

To diminish from, to take away something.

Neither shall you diminish aught from it Deuteronomy 4:2.

DIMINISH, verb intransitive To lessen; to become or appear less or smaller. The size of an object diminishes, as we recede from it.

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