Adjective "minuscule" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/ˈmɪnəskjuːl/

Definitions and examples

adjective

Extremely small; tiny.
  1. 'Currently these businesses contribute a minuscule amount to the total revenues.'
  2. 'Some snakes, such as pythons, retain tiny leg bones, which may be visible as minuscule claws at the base of the tail.'
  3. 'While at the moment the proportion of the human genome being inserted into the genome of nonhumans is minuscule, at what stage will we start ascribing transgenic animals carrying human genes, the same values we ascribe to humans?'
  4. 'It wasn't too long ago that Dean was the Rodney Dangerfield of the Democratic race, the long-shot candidate from a minuscule state who didn't get much respect.'
  5. 'Their counterparts are the more poetically named lacecaps, whose papery bracts (flower-like modified leaves) circle a mauve to pink head of minuscule flowers.'
  6. 'It is much larger than the average minuscule Japanese hotel room, with the convenience of a fully fitted kitchen but without the hassle of having to do the washing-up - dishwashers and housekeeping teams are on hand to take care of all that.'
  7. 'But he acknowledged global deaths from climate change were minuscule compared with the total number of deaths a year, which the WHO puts at 56 million.'
  8. 'In his Parisian workshop, the elegant Bartholdi and truly minuscule workers pose next to a gigantic foot or an ear, of which the actual-size mold is shown with the photos.'
  9. 'The minuscule creatures toil endlessly completely unaware that they are being watched and that, with a simple tap on the glass by the giant undetected observer, what would amount to half a life time's work for an ant could be destroyed.'
  10. 'We see the same hypocrisy when the U.S. military, after dislocating millions of people from their means of sustenance by threatening war, drops a minuscule amount of food packets onto ground riddled with landmines.'
  11. 'he believed the risk of infection was minuscule'
  12. 'I don't mean to be sacrilegious here, but in a small, minuscule way trying to keep your own personal opinions out of your reporting is the goal, and it's a goal that one has to continue to be trying to achieve.'
  13. 'But Ward, and other scientists, caution that the tsunami risk is minuscule: No such tsunamis of this type have taken place in recorded history.'
  14. 'True, the progress so far is minuscule compared with the problems created by decades of capital flight, abysmal schools, and drug abuse.'
  15. 'The paralyzing narrowness of American political life, with its minuscule differences between two big business parties, can be traced back to this period.'
  16. 'I found perhaps a dozen minuscule errors in dates and such, which were passed on to Bill.'
Of or in lower-case letters, as distinct from capitals or uncials.
  1. 'Here for the first time it became common to mix both majuscule and minuscule letters in a single text.'
  2. 'Most of the works of the ancient Greek mathematicians which have survived do so because of this copying process and it is the ‘latest’ version written in minuscule script which has survived.'
  3. 'Because minuscules are generally later than uncials, and also because they were easier to produce, minuscule copies outnumber uncials of the New Testament in a ratio of ten to one.'

noun

Minuscule script.
  1. 'The development of Carolingian minuscule had, although somewhat indirectly, a large impact on the history of mathematics.'
  2. 'A process of turning the old unspaced capital scripts into minuscule began and much of the mathematical writing which have survived have done so because they were copied into this new format.'
  3. 'As in Rome, this development ended with graffiti that used script in an unstructured and disorganized way, in which ‘aristocratic’ scripts stood side by side with uncials or minuscules of various derivations.'
  4. 'The Caroline minuscule, however, had a relatively weak impact on the writing habits of Italian notaries, who remained faithful to the cursive style.'
  5. 'The written and printed form of English has two interlocking systems of letters: large letters, known variously as capitals, upper-case letters, majuscules, and small letters, or lower-case letters, minuscules.'

Definitions

1. very small.

2. (of letters or writing) small; not capital.

3. written in such letters (opposed to majuscule). noun

4. a minuscule letter.

5. a small cursive script developed in the 7th century a.d. from the uncial, which it afterward superseded.

More examples(as adjective)

"volumes can be minuscule by comparisons."

"volumes can be minuscule."

"levels can be minuscule."

"amounts can be minuscule."

"portions can be minuscule."

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Origin

Early 18th century: from French, from Latin minuscula (littera) ‘somewhat smaller (letter)’.