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Definition of DIMINISH

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Diminish \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 {increase}. [1913 Webster]

              Not diminish, but rather increase, the debt.
                                                    --Barrow. [1913 Webster]

     2. To lessen the authority or dignity of; to put down; to degrade; to abase; to weaken. [1913 Webster]

              This doth nothing diminish their opinion. --Robynson (More's Utopia). [1913 Webster]

              I will diminish them, that they shall no more rule over the nations.                     --Ezek. xxix.
                                                    15. [1913 Webster]

              O thou . . . at whose sight all the stars Hide their diminished heads.          --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     3. (Mus.) To make smaller by a half step; to make (an interval) less than minor; as, a diminished seventh. [1913 Webster]

     4. To take away; to subtract.
        [1913 Webster]

              Neither shall ye diminish aught from it. --Deut. iv.
                                                    2. [1913 Webster]

     {Diminished column}, one whose upper diameter is less than the lower.

     {Diminished scale}, 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}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Diminish \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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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