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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun diminution:


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Diminution is a member of the word family diminish, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

Definition of the noun diminution

What does diminution mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: diminutions

  1. change toward something smaller or lower
  2. the statement of a theme in notes of lesser duration (usually half the length of the original)
  3. the act of decreasing or reducing something

Alternative definition of the noun diminution


  1. A lessening, decrease or reduction.
  2. [music] The shortening of the notes of a melody or theme.


  1. 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.
  2. 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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Google previewGeorge 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 ...

Google previewThe 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 ...

Google previewA 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 ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Practice in Civil Actions (1825)

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,

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia of Pleading and Practice (1896)

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 ...

Google previewThe British encyclopedia, or, Dictionary of arts and sciences (1809)

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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Diminution Meaning

Video shows what diminution means. A lessening, decrease or reduction.. The shortening of the notes of a melody or theme.. diminution synonyms: ...

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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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Scrabble value of D2I1M3I1N1U1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 10-letter word is 13 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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