diminishes

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

Diminish \Di*min"ish\, verb (used with an object) [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}.

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

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 Hide their diminished heads. --Milton.

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

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 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}.

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

Diminish \Di*min"ish\, verb (used without an object) To become or appear less or smaller; to lessen; as, the apparent size of an object diminishes as we recede from it.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

diminish

verb

1: decrease in size, extent, or range; "The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester"; "The cabin pressure fell dramatically"; "her weight fell to under a hundred pounds"; "his voice fell to a whisper" [syn: {decrease}, {diminish}, {lessen}, {fall}] [ant: {increase}]

2: lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of; "don't belittle your colleagues" [syn: {diminish}, {belittle}]


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