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Definition of "slight" [slight]

  • Small in size, degree, or amount: a slight tilt; a slight surplus. (adjective)
  • Lacking strength, substance, or solidity; frail: a slight foundation; slight evidence. (adjective)
  • Of small importance or consideration; trifling: slight matters. (adjective)
  • Small and slender in build or construction; delicate. (adjective)
  • To treat as of small importance; make light of. (verb-transitive)

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.

Use "slight" in a sentence
  • "Your expression, "and tends to depart in a slight degree," I think hardly grammatical; a _tendency_ to depart cannot very well be said to be in a slight degree; a _departure_ can, but a tendency must be either a _slight tendency_ or a _strong tendency_; the degree to which the departure may reach must depend on favourable or unfavourable causes in addition to the tendency itself."
  • ""In Greece there is two options, pain or default, or what I call a slight combination of the two, pain and restructuring with external support from your European partners and your friends in Washington," Buiter said."
  • "They're reporting what they call slight but significant movement in his right arm and leg."