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Definition of DWINDLE

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Dwindle \Dwin"dle\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Dwindled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dwindling}.] [From OE. dwinen to languish, waste away, AS. dw[imac]nan; akin to LG. dwinen, D. dwijnen to vanish, Icel. dv[imac]na 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. [1913 Webster]

           Weary sennights nine times nine
           Shall he dwindle, peak and pine.         --Shak. [1913 Webster]

           Religious societies, though begun with excellent intentions, are said to have dwindled into factious clubs. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

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

Dwindle \Dwin"dle\, v. t.
     1. To make less; to bring low.
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              Our drooping days are dwindled down to naught.
                                                    --Thomson. [1913 Webster]

     2. To break; to disperse. [R.] --Clarendon.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Dwindle \Dwin"dle\, n.
     The process of dwindling; dwindlement; decline; degeneracy. [R.] --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

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

124 Moby Thesaurus words for "dwindle": abate, ablate, attenuate, bate, be consumed, be eaten away, be gone, calm, calm down, cease, cease to be, cease to exist, close, condense, consume, consume away, contract, corrode, crumble, decline, decrease, deliquesce, dematerialize, depart, die, die away, die down, die out, diminish, disappear, dispel, disperse, dissipate, dissolve, dive, do a fade-out, drift away, droop, drop, drop off, ebb, erode, evanesce, evaporate, exit, extenuate, fade, fade away, fade out, fail, fall, fall away, fall off, fall short, flag, flee, fly, go, go away, halt, hide, languish, leave no trace, leave the scene, lessen, let up, lose strength, lull, melt, melt away, moderate, molder, move away, move off, pacify, pass, pass away, pass out, peak, perish, peter out, pine, plummet, plunge, pull away, quiesce, quiet, quieten, recede, reduce, retire, retire from sight, retreat, retrocede, run down, run low, sag, shrink, shrivel up, sink, sink away, soothe, stand off, stop, subside, suffer an eclipse, tail off, taper, taper off, thin, tranquilize, vanish, vanish from sight, wane, waste, waste away, weaken, wear, wear away, widen the distance, wilt, withdraw, wither, wither away


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