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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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The overall purpose of the present paper is to explore first-order conceptualizations of diminutive meaning as a complement to second-order conceptualizations.
The first is to provide a semantic classification of diminutive verbs in Croatian within a cognitive linguistics framework which will take into account a) the polysemous structures formed by the diminutive verbs with respect to the underlying conceptualization patterns, b) their interaction with the traditionally grammatical notions of perfectivity, pluractionality and iterativity.
But lasses also feature in many of his songs, and -on account of the homophony between the plural of both the plain and the diminutive forms of the noun lass- the sound iconism of the diminutive may appear to be more frequent than written texts would suggest.
The endoscopists made accurate, high-confidence endoscopic predictions on 75% of the diminutive polyps that they saw using the dual-focus device, compared with 63% when they used the less advanced endoscope, a significant difference.
The formation of diminutive variants of nouns, adjectives, and certain adverbs is a highly productive process in Spanish.
In a recent impressive study of such directionality of linguistic change, Jurafsky (1996) provides compelling linguistic and cognitive evidence about the evolution of diminutive affixes.
In A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet, written during the mid-1590s, Shakespeare radically transformed traditional fairylore, both by representing fairies as physically diminutive and by rooting their behavior in a new socioeconomic context.
Although the suffix -ka is not traditionally recognized as a diminutive or evaluative one, it has started developing evaluative (pejorative) meanings.
The "resect and discard" approach calls for simply discarding diminutive lesions rather than performing pathology exams on them.
On one hand, the imperfect narrowband imaging sensitivity for diminutive adenomas would misclassify some polyps as hyperplastic, while on the other, the misclassification of hyperplastic polyps as adenomatous due to the suboptimal specificity would lead to a more intensive and inappropriate 5-year colonoscopy surveillance in some individuals.
While the diminutive Jason Acuna, aka Wee Man, walking naked through a business conference may not illuminate much about societal mores, Knoxville and producer Spike Jonze's wrinkly appearances in heavy makeup slyly highlight public discomfort with aged nudity -- just the opposite of the confrontational nature of many of the other skits.
Snow White, 2004, was among the better paintings on view--the prurient antics of our heroine's diminutive friends frame her funhouse face, which remains magically discernible from what at first appears to be a whirling abstraction.