What does microcosm mean?

Definitions for microcosm
ˈmaɪ krəˌkɒz əm; ˌmaɪ krəˈkɒz məs, -moʊsmi·cro·cosm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. microcosmnoun

    a miniature model of something


  1. Microcosmnoun

    A relatively small object or system considered as representative of a larger system of which it is part, exhibiting many features of the complete system.

    Etymology: [F. microcosme, L. microcosmus, fr. Gr. mikro`s small + ko`smos the world.]


  1. microcosmnoun

    Human nature or the human body as representative of the wider universe; man considered as a miniature counterpart of divine or universal nature.

    Etymology: From microcosme, from microcosmus, from μικρός + κόσμος.

  2. microcosmnoun

    The human body; a person.

    Etymology: From microcosme, from microcosmus, from μικρός + κόσμος.

  3. microcosmnoun

    A smaller system which is seen as representative of a larger one.

    Etymology: From microcosme, from microcosmus, from μικρός + κόσμος.

  4. microcosmnoun

    A small natural ecosystem; an artificial ecosystem set up as an experimental model.

    Etymology: From microcosme, from microcosmus, from μικρός + κόσμος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Microcosmnoun

    a little world; a miniature universe. Hence (so called by Paracelsus), a man, as a supposed epitome of the exterior universe or great world. Opposed to macrocosm

    Etymology: [F. microcosme, L. microcosmus, fr. Gr. mikro`s small + ko`smos the world.]


  1. Microcosm

    Microcosm is a museum of particle physics located at CERN in the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland, near the town of Meyrin. It covers a broad range of particle physics topics, as well as the entire history of CERN. Exhibits include: ⁕explanations of the purpose of CERN and particle physics research in general. ⁕a mock-up, hands-on version of Rutherford's gold foil experiment ⁕a real-time cosmic ray detector ⁕a mock-up of the Large Hadron Collider tunnel ⁕models and explanations of current and future CERN experiments ⁕equipment from old experiments, including a large part of the UA1 detector, which ran at the Super Proton Synchrotron at CERN from 1981 to 1984, and helped discover the W and Z bosons.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Microcosm

    mī′krō-kozm, n. a little universe or world: (often applied to) man, who was regarded by ancient philosophers as a model or epitome of the universe.—adjs. Microcos′mic, -al, pertaining to the microcosm.—n. Microcosmog′raphy. [Fr.,—L.,—Gr.—mikros, little, kosmos, world.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Microcosm

    name given by the Middle Age philosophers to man as representing the macrocosm or universe in miniature.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of microcosm in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of microcosm in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of microcosm in a Sentence

  1. Lowman Henry:

    I would characterize that as a microcosm of this entire campaign, he's willing to roll up his sleeves and go out there and do the hard grass-roots work that is necessary to win delegates.

  2. Benchmark Company analyst Daniel Kurnos:

    The results are further indications that the leaders in their respective spaces are taking market shares and Apple Inc is very much a microcosm of the internet as a whole.

  3. Slaner Larkin:

    Sports are a microcosm of life, as we begin to see a more diverse group of men and women in leadership and decision-making roles throughout the industry, we should also see significant changes in media, sponsorship and other fundamental areas of support.

  4. James Scott:

    I don’t care how secure you think your organization is, I’ll social engineer my way inside in less than 24 hours regardless of the sophistication of your IoT microcosm security. Whatever obstacles I run into exploiting your technical vulnerabilities will be made up for by exploiting the vulnerabilities in the cyber hygiene of your staff.

  5. Tara Swart:

    A hotel makes for a particularly interesting place to observe differences in mental resilience, and be able to offer suggestions as to how it might be improved, it's a unique microcosm filled with people under differing types and degrees of mental pressure, from jet lag to meetings to poor sleep.

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    a bright spot on the parhelic circle; caused by diffraction by ice crystals
    • A. sundog
    • B. meerschaum
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    • D. hypostatization

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