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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DIMINISHING

Instead of diminishing employment, the Jacquard loom increased it at least tenfold.

First there came a diminishing of the sounds that filled the place.

Evidently, the unknown's stock of the virtue which he demanded of others was diminishing.

And he extricated a five dollar bill from his diminishing bankroll and tendered it.

Remarks on methods of increasing and diminishing the coagulability of the blood.

He hauled out an opalescent vial of the diminishing element.

They took some of the diminishing drug to check their growth.

He could feel nothing but the sense of diminishing distance.

The peasants to the number of 251 compose the diminishing population.

On the second, the total amount may be increasing or diminishing.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., from merger of two obsolete verbs, diminue and minish. Diminue is from Old French diminuer "make small," from Latin diminuere "break into small pieces," variant of deminuere "lessen, diminish," from de- "completely" + minuere "make small" (see minus).

Minish is from Old French menuisier, from Latin minuere. Related: Diminished; diminishes; diminishing.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR DIMINISHING

extenuating

adjectiveserving as an excuse
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