dwindling


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dwin·dle

 (dwĭn′dl)
v. dwin·dled, dwin·dling, dwin·dles
v.intr.
To become gradually less until little remains. See Synonyms at decrease.
v.tr.
To cause to dwindle: difficulties that dwindled my enthusiasm for the recipe.

[Frequentative of Middle English dwinen, to waste away, from Old English dwīnan, to shrink; see dheu- in Indo-European roots.]

dwindling

(ˈdwɪndəlɪŋ)
adj
(Statistics) growing less in size, intensity, or number until there is nothing or almost nothing left; diminishing or shrinking gradually
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dwindling - a becoming gradually less; "there is no greater sadness that the dwindling away of a family"
decrease, lessening, drop-off - a change downward; "there was a decrease in his temperature as the fever subsided"; "there was a sharp drop-off in sales"
fading away - gradually diminishing in brightness or loudness or strength
Adj.1.dwindling - gradually decreasing until little remains
decreasing - becoming less or smaller
Translations

dwindling

[ˈdwɪndlɪŋ]
A. ADJ (gen) → menguante
B. Ndisminución f

dwindling

[ˈdwɪndəlɪŋ] adj [number] → décroissant(e), en diminution
sb's dwindling band of supporters → un groupe de supporters de moins en moins nombreux

dwindling

adjschwindend; interestnachlassend; population, numbers, audienceszurückgehend; stocks, suppliesschwindend; the prime minister’s dwindling popularitydie sinkende Beliebtheit des Premierministers
nSchwinden nt; (of stocks, population)Rückgang m; (of interest)Nachlassen nt

dwindling

[ˈdwɪndlɪŋ] adj (strength, interest) → che si affievolisce; (resources, supplies) → in diminuzione
References in classic literature ?
But, nevertheless, it is anything but agreeable to be haunted by a suspicion that one's intellect is dwindling away, or exhaling, without your consciousness, like ether out of a phial; so that, at every glance, you find a smaller and less volatile residuum.
We excused her, to a certain extent, on the plea of ill-health: she was dwindling and fading before our eyes.
Some attempts had been made, I noticed, to infuse new blood into this dwindling frame, by repairing the costly old wood-work here and there with common deal; but it was like the marriage of a reduced old noble to a plebeian pauper, and each party to the ill-assorted union shrunk away from the other.
And the dwindling shreds of the humanity still startled me every now and then,--a momentary recrudescence of speech perhaps, an unexpected dexterity of the fore-feet, a pitiful attempt to walk erect.
The too-perfect security of the Upper-worlders had led them to a slow movement of degeneration, to a general dwindling in size, strength, and intelligence.
Anyone coming along the road from Chobham or Wo- king would have been amazed at the sight--a dwindling mul- titude of perhaps a hundred people or more standing in a great irregular circle, in ditches, behind bushes, behind gates and hedges, saying little to one another and that in short, excited shouts, and staring, staring hard at a few heaps of sand.
It was once the residence of a country squire, whose family, probably dwindling down to mere spinsterhood, got merged in the more territorial name of Donnithorne.
Farmers began to dread the coming of winter as they saw the dwindling of the timely fruitfulness of the earth.
The white one with the rose comb had come and settled on the palings in front of the house, within a few yards of them, and his notes thrilled their ears through, dwindling away like echoes down a valley of rocks.
The cutter was going in the direction of the Frome farm, and Ethan's heart contracted as he listened to the dwindling bells.
His whole future seemed suddenly to be unrolled before him; and passing down its endless emptiness he saw the dwindling figure of a man to whom nothing was ever to happen.
Closed in by night with broad screens, and illumined only in that part, the light of the drawing-room seems gradually contracting and dwindling until it shall be no more.