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Meaning of MINCE

Pronunciation:  mins

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  food chopped into small bits; "a mince of mushrooms"
  2. [v]  make less severe or harsh; "He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears"
  3. [v]  cut into small pieces; "mince the garlic"
  4. [v]  walk daintily

MINCE is a 5 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: moderate, soften
 See Also: aliment, alimentation, alter, change, chop, chop up, nourishment, nutriment, nutrition, sustenance, victuals, walk



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mince\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Minced}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Minging}.] [AS. minsian to grow less, dwindle, fr. min
    small; akin to G. minder less, Goth. minniza less, mins less,
    adv., L. minor, adj. (cf. {Minor}); or more likely fr. F.
    mincer to mince, prob. from (assumed) LL. minutiare. ????.
    See {Minish}.]
    1. To cut into very small pieces; to chop fine; to hash; as,
       to mince meat. --Bacon.
    2. To suppress or weaken the force of; to extenuate; to
       palliate; to tell by degrees, instead of directly and
       frankly; to clip, as words or expressions; to utter half
       and keep back half of.
             I know no ways to mince it in love, but directly to
             say -- ``I love you.''                --Shak.
             Siren, now mince the sin, And mollify damnation with
             a phrase.                             --Dryden.
             If, to mince his meaning, I had either omitted some
             part of what he said, or taken from the strength of
             his expression, I certainly had wronged him.
    3. To affect; to make a parade of. [R.] --Shak.
  2. \Mince\, v. i.
    1. To walk with short steps; to walk in a prim, affected
             The daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with
             stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, . . . mincing
             as they go.                           --Is. iii. 16.
             I 'll . . . turn two mincing steps Into a manly
             stride.                               --Shak.
    2. To act or talk with affected nicety; to affect delicacy in
  3. \Mince\, n.
    A short, precise step; an affected manner.
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