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min·us·cule

 (mĭn′ə-skyo͞ol′, mĭ-nŭs′kyo͞ol′) also min·is·cule (mĭn′ĭ-skyo͞ol′)
adj.
1. Very small; tiny. See Synonyms at small.
2. Of, relating to, or written in minuscule.
n.
1. A small cursive script developed from uncial between the seventh and ninth centuries and used in medieval manuscripts.
2. A letter written in minuscule.
3. A lowercase letter.

[French, from Latin minusculus, rather small, diminutive of minus, neuter of minor, smaller; see mei- in Indo-European roots.]

mi·nus′cu·lar (mĭ-nŭs′kyə-lər) adj.
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minuscule

(ˈmɪnəˌskjuːl) or

miniscule

n
1. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a lower-case letter
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) writing using such letters
3. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a small cursive 7th-century style of lettering derived from the uncial
adj
4. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) relating to, printed in, or written in small letters. Compare majuscule
5. very small
6. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) (of letters) lower-case
[C18: from French, from Latin (littera) minuscula very small (letter), diminutive of minor]
minuscular adj
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mi•nus•cule

(ˈmɪn əˌskyul, mɪˈnʌs kyul)

adj.
1. very small.
2. (of letters or writing) small; not capital.
3. written in such letters (opposed to majuscule).
n.
4. a minuscule letter.
5. a small cursive script developed in the 7th century A.D. from the uncial, which it afterward superseded.
[1695–1705; < Latin minusculus smallish. See minus, -cule1]
mi•nus′cu•lar, adj.
usage: minuscule, from Latin minus meaning “less,” has frequently come to be spelled miniscule, probably under the influence of the prefix mini- in the sense “of a small size.” Though this spelling occurs frequently in edited writing, it is usually considered an error.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.minuscule - the characters that were once kept in bottom half of a compositor's type caseminuscule - the characters that were once kept in bottom half of a compositor's type case
grapheme, graphic symbol, character - a written symbol that is used to represent speech; "the Greek alphabet has 24 characters"
2.minuscule - a small cursive script developed from uncial between the 7th and 9th centuries and used in medieval manuscripts
cursive, cursive script, longhand, running hand - rapid handwriting in which letters are set down in full and are cursively connected within words without lifting the writing implement from the paper
Adj.1.minuscule - of or relating to a small cursive script developed from uncialminuscule - of or relating to a small cursive script developed from uncial; 7th to 9th centuries
lowercase - relating to small (not capitalized) letters that were kept in the lower half of a compositor's type case; "lowercase letters; a and b and c etc"
majuscule - of or relating to a style of writing characterized by somewhat rounded capital letters; 4th to 8th centuries
2.minuscule - lowercase; "little a"; "small a"; "e.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters"
lowercase - relating to small (not capitalized) letters that were kept in the lower half of a compositor's type case; "lowercase letters; a and b and c etc"
3.minuscule - very smallminuscule - very small; "a minuscule kitchen"; "a minuscule amount of rain fell"
little, small - limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent; "a little dining room"; "a little house"; "a small car"; "a little (or small) group"
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minuscule

adjective tiny, little, minute, fine, very small, miniature, microscopic, diminutive, infinitesimal, teeny-weeny, Lilliputian, teensy-weensy reducing his handwriting to minuscule proportions
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minuscule

also miniscule
adjective
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Translations
kirjainminuskelimitätönolematon

minuscule

[ˈmɪnəskjuːl] ADJminúsculo
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minuscule

[ˈmɪnɪskjuːl] adj (= tiny) [number, part, proportion] → infime; [portion, detail] → minuscule
a minuscule amount → une quantité infimeminus sign nsigne m moins
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minuscule

adjwinzig
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minuscule

[ˈmɪnəskjuːl] adjpiccolissimo/a, minuscolo/a
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