Notebook, 1993-



Thin, Slender, Fine . . . . Less in thickness, density or force . . . . Taper gradually . . . . Make thin in consistency: Rarefy. . . . Lessen the amount, force, magnitude, or value . . . . Weaken, Reduce [in severity, virulence or vitality]

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Attenuate vb [L attenuatus, pp. of attenuare to make thin, fr. ad- + tenuis thin -more at Thin] vt [15c] 1: to make thin or slender 2: to make thin in consistency: Rarefy 3: to lessen the amount, force, magnitude, or value of: Weaken 4: to reduce the severity, virulence, or vitality of -vi: to become thin, fine, or less

2 Attenuate adj [15c] 1: attenuated esp. in thickness, density, or force 2: tapering gradually usu. to a long slender point [__ leaves]

[Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition. Springfield, MA, USA: Merriam-Webster, Inc. 1995.]



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