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diminution

Music the presentation of the subject of a fugue, etc., in which the note values are reduced in length

Diminution

The decrease in size of a column toward the top; typically employed as a device to overcome or correct an optical appearance of the top being larger than the bottom.

diminution

[‚dim·ə′nü·shən]
(botany)
Increasing simplification of inflorescences on successive branches.
(computer science)
Limiting the negative effect of an attack on a computer system.
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This is not true, for we may say that all affections, or nearly all, produce in us an alteration which is distinct from all other sorts of motion, for that which is affected need not suffer either increase or diminution or any of the other sorts of motion.
Their first subject was the diminution of the Rosings party.
And believe me, dear countrymen, whether I live or die, the honor of this great country, and the fame bequeathed us by our heroic progenitors, shall suffer no diminution in my hands.
From about the time of her entering the family, Lady Bertram, in consequence of a little ill-health, and a great deal of indolence, gave up the house in town, which she had been used to occupy every spring, and remained wholly in the country, leaving Sir Thomas to attend his duty in Parliament, with whatever increase or diminution of comfort might arise from her absence.
The wisest princes need not think it any diminution to their greatness, or derogation to their sufficiency, to rely upon counsel.
Her kindred dwelling there would probably continue their daily lives as heretofore, with no great diminution of pleasure in their consciousness, although she would be far off, and they deprived of her smile.
van der Luyden could suffer the diminution of being placed on her host's left.
There is a little bird- cage of an iron railing in front of every window clear away up, up, up, among the eternal clouds, where the roof is, and there is always somebody looking out of every window--people of ordinary size looking out from the first floor, people a shade smaller from the second, people that look a little smaller yet from the third--and from thence upward they grow smaller and smaller by a regularly graduated diminution, till the folks in the topmost windows seem more like birds in an uncommonly tall martin- box than any thing else.
Sin, seen from the thought, is a diminution, or less: seen from the conscience or will, it is pravity or bad.
The Victoria had attained an altitude of four thousand feet, and the thermometer indicated a certain diminution of temperature.
This position lasted all day, without any increase or diminution of distance between the two vessels.
But besides this, since the exhaustion and enormous diminution of the army caused by the rapidity of the advance had become evident, another reason for slackening the pace and delaying presented itself to Kutuzov.