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Definition of the noun diminution
What does diminution mean as a name of something?
noun - plural: diminutions
- change toward something smaller or lower
- lexical domain: Natural Processes - nouns denoting natural processes
- synonym of diminution: decline
- more generic words: decrease / decrement = a process of becoming smaller or shorter
- more specific terms:
- decline in quality / deterioration / declension / worsening = process of changing to an inferior state
- detumescence = diminution of swelling
- ebbing / wane / ebb = a gradual decline
- erosion = a gradual decline of something
- loss = gradual decline in amount or activity
- nosedive = a sudden sharp drop or rapid decline
- sinking spell = a temporary decline in health or value
- slippage = decline from a standard level of performance or achievement
- the statement of a theme in notes of lesser duration (usually half the length of the original)
- the act of decreasing or reducing something
- lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
- synonyms of diminution: decrease / reduction / step-down
- more generic term: change of magnitude = the act of changing the amount or size of something
- more specific terms:
- cut = the act of reducing the amount or number
- mitigation / moderation = the action of lessening in severity or intensity
- lowering = the act of causing to become less
- cutback = a reduction in quantity or rate
- devaluation = the reduction of something's value or worth
- devitalisation / devitalization = the act of reducing the vitality of something
- extenuation / mitigation / palliation = to act in such a way as to cause an offense to seem less serious
- alleviation / easement / easing / relief = the act of reducing something unpleasant
- de-escalation = a reduction in intensity
- minimisation / minimization = the act of reducing something to the least possible amount or degree or position
- depletion = the act of decreasing something markedly
- shortening = act of decreasing in length
- shrinking = the act of becoming less
- subtraction / deduction = the act of subtracting
- deflation = the act of letting the air out of something
- price reduction / deduction / discount = the act of reducing the selling price of merchandise
- rollback = reducing prices back to some earlier level
- weakening = the act of reducing the strength of something
- depreciation = a decrease in price or value
- contraction = the act of decreasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope
- reverse stock split / reverse split / split down = a decrease in the number of outstanding shares of a corporation without changing the shareholders' equity
- amortisation / amortization = the reduction of the value of an asset by prorating its cost over a period of years
- declassification = reduction or removal by the government of restrictions on a classified document or weapon
- tax shelter / shelter = a way of organizing business to reduce the taxes it must pay on current earnings
- tax credit = a direct reduction in tax liability
Alternative definition of the noun diminution
- A lessening, decrease or reduction.
- [music] The shortening of the notes of a melody or theme.
- Diminution: In Western music and music theory, diminution has four distinct meanings. Diminution may be a form of embellishment in which a long note is divided into a series of shorter, usually melodic, values. Diminution may also be the compositional device where a melody, theme or motif is presented in shorter note-values than were previously used. Diminution is also the term for the proportional shortening of the value of individual note-shapes in mensural notation, either by coloration or by a sign of proportion. A minor or perfect interval that is narrowed by a chromatic semitone is a diminished interval, and the process may be referred to as diminution.
- Diminution is a satirical technique. It reduces the size of something in order that it may be made to appear ludicrous, or in order to be closely examined. For example, if the Canadian Members of Parliament are portrayed as squabbling, spoiled little boys and girls, this would be diminution. A diminutive satire is Gulliver's Travels.
Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Diminution
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George Orwell (1986)
The Age's Adversary by Patrick Reilly
Animal Farm diminishes, Nineteen Eighty-Four magnifies, and, while the diminution is a delight, the magnification is a nightmare. In the fable Stalin becomes Napoleon, and, however fearful on the farm, Napoleon cannot terrify us; like Jack at ...
The London and Edinburgh Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science ; Conducted by Sir David Brewster, Richard Taylor, and Richard Phillips (1839)
by David Brewster
The limit prescribed to its diminution is the conducting power of the electrolyte, which is the worst conductor of the system. This hypothetical condition, of a tension ranging near zero, is most nearly approximated to in a thermal pair. Suppose ...
A Dictionary of Chemistry (1777)
Containing the Theory and Practice of that Science: Its Application to Natural Philosophy, Natural History, Medicine, and Animal Economy by Pierre Joseph Macquer, James Keir
diminution os the pressure, or of the bulk of the quantity of air contained in the receiver, occasioned by the combustion of inflammable substances, may depend upon a diminution of the quantity of this elastic fluid by absorption, or by ...
In the Courts of King's Bench and Common Pleas, with Practical Directions and Forms, Arranged Under Each Title by Thomas Lee
To allege diminution, seems therefore to be the assigning of defects in the record sent or returned from below, for error,
Under the Codes and Practice Acts, at Common Law, in Equity and in Criminal Cases by William Mark McKinney
Such verification usually assumes the form of an affidavit,9 and it seems that where a certiorari is sought upon a suggestion of diminution of the record the petition should always be supported by affidavit,3 although ...
by William Nicholson
there it always a considerable diminution of bulk, and not unfreqnently they are condensed into a liquid or solid form.
Solntion is the diminution of aggregation in any solid or fluid substance, in consequence of its entering into chemical ...
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Quotes about Diminution
The relativity principle in connection with the basic Maxwellian equations demands that the mass should be a direct measure of the energy contained in a body; light transfers mass. With radium there should be a noticeable diminution of mass. (Albert Einstein)
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