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Meaning of DWINDLE

Pronunciation:  'dwindl

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[v]  become smaller or lose substance; "Her savings dwindled down"
 

DWINDLE is a 7 letter word that starts with D.

 

 Synonyms: dwindle away, dwindle down
 
 See Also: decrease, diminish, fall, lessen

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Dwin"dle\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Dwindled}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Dwindling}.] [From OE. dwinen to languish, waste away,
    AS. dw[=i]nan; akin to LG. dwinen, D. dwijnen to vanish,
    Icel. dv[=i]na to cease, dwindle, Sw. tvina; of uncertain
    origin. The suffix -le, preceded by d excrescent after n, is
    added to the root with a diminutive force.]
    To diminish; to become less; to shrink; to waste or consume
    away; to become degenerate; to fall away.
    
          Weary sennights nine times nine Shall he dwindle, peak
          and pine.                                --Shak.
    
          Religious societies, though begun with excellent
          intentions, are said to have dwindled into factious
          clubs.                                   --Swift.
    
    
  2. \Dwin"dle\, v. t.
    1. To make less; to bring low.
    
             Our drooping days are dwindled down to naught.
                                                   --Thomson.
    
    2. To break; to disperse. [R.] --Clarendon.
    
    
  3. \Dwin"dle\, n.
    The process of dwindling; dwindlement; decline; degeneracy.
    [R.] --Johnson.
    
    
 
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