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Definitions of diminution

  1. the act of decreasing or reducing something Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. Omission, inaccuracy, or defect in a record. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. In counterpoint, the imitation of, or reply to, a subject, in notes of half the length or value of those the subject itself. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The act of diminishing, or of making or becoming less; state of being diminished; reduction in size, quantity, or degree; - opposed to augmentation or increase. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The act of making less; reduction; lessening. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. A lessening: degradation. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. A lessening; decrease. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. The act of diminishing, or the condition of being diminished; reduction. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. The act of lessening; the state of becoming less; degradation; a lessening in estimation; the contraction of the diameter of a column as it ascends from its base to its capital; the division of a long note into shorter ones, as a semibreve into two minims. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. The act of lessening or making smaller; decrease. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for diminution

  1. A diminution of height immediately occurs. – Response in the Living and Non-Living by Jagadis Chunder Bose
  2. But from the 24th October a gradual diminution in this tariff was prescribed, and from the 1st of January 1721 these coins were to circulate respectively at 45 livres and 2 livres 10 sols. – The History of Currency, 1252 to 1896 by William Arthur Shaw