Diminish

Definition of Diminish

Di`min´ish
v. t.1.To make smaller in any manner; to reduce in bulk or amount; to lessen; - opposed to augment or increase.
[imp. & p. p. Diminished ; p. pr. & vb. n. Diminishing.]
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.
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
a scale of gradation used in finding the different points for drawing the spiral curve of the volute.
Diminishing rule
(Arch.) a board cut with a concave edge, for fixing the entasis and curvature of a shaft.
- Gwilt.
Diminishing stile
(Arch.) a stile which is narrower in one part than in another, as in many glazed doors.
v. i.1.To become or appear less or smaller; to lessen; as, the apparent size of an object diminishes as we recede from it.

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