Di·min·ish v. t. [imp. & p. p. Diminished p. pr. & vb. n. Diminishing.]
1. To make smaller in any manner; to reduce in bulk or amount; to lessen; -- opposed to augment or increase.
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.
O thou . . . at whose sight all the stars
Hide their diminished heads. --Milton.
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, or Diminishing scale, a scale of gradation used in finding the different points for drawing the spiral curve of the volute. --Gwilt.
Diminishing rule Arch., a board cut with a concave edge, for fixing the entasis and curvature of a shaft.
Diminishing stile Arch., a stile which is narrower in one part than in another, as in many glazed doors.
Syn: -- To decrease; lessen; abate; reduce; contract; curtail; impair; degrade. See Decrease.
adj 1: impaired by diminution [syn: lessened, vitiated, weakened]
2: (of an organ or body part) diminished in size or strength as
a result of disease or injury or lack of use; "partial
paralysis resulted in an atrophied left arm" [syn: atrophied,
wasted] [ant: hypertrophied]
3: (of musical intervals) reduction by a semitone of any
perfect or minor musical interval; "a diminished fifth"
4: made to seem smaller or less (especially in worth); "her
comments made me feel small" [syn: belittled, small]