Definition of "diminution" []

  • The act or process of diminishing; a lessening or reduction. (noun)
  • The resulting reduction; decrease. (noun)
  • Music Statement of a theme in notes of lesser duration, usually one-half, of the original. (noun)
  • Reduction; decrease (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The presentation of the subject of a fugue, etc, in which the note values are reduced in length (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "diminution" in a sentence
  • "I. iii.18 (165,3) till the diminution/Of space had pointed him sharp as my needle] _The diminution of space_, is _the diminution_ of which"
  • "If the above seems to create an "unfair" windfall for stockholders or short term diminution of tax revenues, raise the capital gains rates."
  • "I learned augmentation and diminution from the d-sharp-minor fugue in Book I of the WTC; I learned inversion from Rachmaninoff's Paganini Variations — the old stand-bys are old indeed."