What does miniature mean?

Definitions for miniature
ˈmɪn i ə tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər, ˈmɪn ə tʃərminia·ture

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. miniature, illuminationnoun

    painting or drawing included in a book (especially in illuminated medieval manuscripts)

  2. miniature, toyadjective

    a copy that reproduces a person or thing in greatly reduced size

  3. miniatureadjective

    being on a very small scale

    "a miniature camera"


  1. miniaturenoun

    A small version of something; a model of reduced scale.

    There was a miniature of a whaling ship in a glass bottle over the mantlepiece.

  2. miniaturenoun

    A small, highly detailed painting, a portrait miniature.

  3. miniaturenoun

    The art of painting such highly detailed miniature works.

  4. miniaturenoun

    An illustration in an illuminated manuscript.

  5. miniaturenoun

    A musical composition which is short in duration.

    Sacha composed a miniature for strings as a final project at the conservatory.

  6. miniaturenoun

    A token in a game representing a unit or character.

    Jack had dozens of miniatures of Napoleanic footsoldiers painted in detailed period regalia for his wargames.

  7. miniatureadjective

    Smaller than normal.

    I find miniature dogs annoying; they seem to yap more than full-size dogs.

  8. Etymology: From the miniatura (manuscript illumination), from miniare (to illuminate), from the miniāre (to colour red), from minium (red lead).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Miniaturenoun

    Etymology: miniature, French.

    The water, with twenty bubbles, not content to have the picture of their face in large, would in each of these bubbles set forth the miniature of them. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    If the ladies should once take a liking to such a diminutive race, we should see mankind epitomized, and the whole species in miniature: in order to keep our posterity from dwindling, we have instituted a tall club. Joseph Addison, Guard.

    The hidden ways
    Of nature would’st thou know? how first she frames
    All things in miniature? thy specular orb
    Apply to well dissected kernels: lo!
    Strange forms arise, in each a little plant
    Unfolds its boughs: observe the slender threads
    Of first beginning trees, their roots, their leaves,
    In narrow seeds describ’d. Philips.

    Here shall the pencil bid its colours flow,
    And make a miniature creation grow. John Gay.


  1. miniature

    A miniature is a reduced scale or smaller version of an object, often precisely scaled down from its original size. It can refer to anything from toys, to models of buildings, replicas of art, or even a smaller painting or portrait. The term is used to describe the delicate, intricate simulation of larger entities, often used for display or collection purposes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Miniature

    originally, a painting in colors such as those in mediaeval manuscripts; in modern times, any very small painting, especially a portrait

  2. Miniature

    greatly diminished size or form; reduced scale

  3. Miniature

    lettering in red; rubric distinction

  4. Miniature

    a particular feature or trait

  5. Miniatureadjective

    being on a small; much reduced from the reality; as, a miniature copy

  6. Miniatureverb

    to represent or depict in a small compass, or on a small scale

  7. Etymology: [It. miniatura, fr. L. miniare. See Miniate, v.,Minium.]


  1. Miniature

    The word miniature, derived from the Latin minium, red lead, is a picture in an ancient or medieval illuminated manuscript; the simple decoration of the early codices having been miniated or delineated with that pigment. The generally small scale of the medieval pictures has led secondly to an etymological confusion of the term with minuteness and to its application to small paintings especially portrait miniatures, which did however grow from the same tradition and at least initially use similar techniques. Apart from the Western and Byzantine traditions, there is another group of Asian traditions, which is generally more illustrative in nature, and from origins in manuscript book decoration also developed into single-sheet small paintings to be kept in albums, which are also called miniatures, as the Western equivalents in watercolor and other mediums are not. These include Persian miniatures, and their Mughal, Ottoman and other Indian offshoots.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Miniature

    min′i-a-tūr, or min′i-tūr, n. a painting on a very small scale, on ivory, vellum, or thick paper: a small or reduced copy of anything.—adj. on a small scale: minute.—v.t. to represent on a small scale.—n. Min′iaturist, one who paints miniatures. [It. miniaturaminiare, to write with red lead—L. minium, vermilion.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Miniature

    So called because this early species of hand-painted portraiture originated in the head of the Madonna or of a saint that formed the initial letter of the beautifully illuminated rubrics produced by the monks styled the “Miniatori,” because their paints were made out of minium, or red lead.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of miniature in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of miniature in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of miniature in a Sentence

  1. David Long:

    They show miniature flares across the surface of the Sun, which look like campfires that are millions of times smaller than the solar flares that we see from Earth, dotted across the surface, these small flares might play an important role in a mysterious phenomenon called coronal heating, whereby the Sun's outer layer, or corona, is more than 200 - 500 times hotter than the layers below.

  2. Jeff Navin:

    Some of the biggest national security questions facing the country run through Piketon and Kemmerer, a Post-Soviet dealAmerican reliance on foreign enriched uranium echoes its competitive disadvantages on microchips and the critical minerals used to make electric batteries — two essential components of the global energy transition.But in the case of uranium enrichment, United States once had an advantage and chose to give it up.In the 1950s, as the nuclear era began in earnest, Piketon became the site of one of two enormous enrichment facilities in the Ohio River Valley region, where a process called gaseous diffusion was used.Meanwhile, the Soviet Union developed centrifuges in a secret program, relying on a team of German physicists and engineers captured toward the end of World War II. Its centrifuges proved to be 20 times as energy efficient as gaseous diffusion. By the end of the Cold War, United States and Russia had roughly equal enrichment capacities, but huge differences in the cost of production.In 1993, Washington and Moscow signed an agreement, dubbed Megatons to Megawatts, in which United States purchased and imported much of Russia’s enormous glut of weapons-grade uranium, which United States then downgraded to use in power plants. This provided the U.S. with cheap fuel and Moscow with cash, and was seen as a de-escalatory gesture.But it also destroyed the profitability of America’s inefficient enrichment facilities, which were eventually shuttered. Then, instead of investing in upgraded centrifuges in United States, successive administrations kept buying from Russia.ImageA mural celebrates Piketon’s gaseous diffusion plant, long ago shuttered, and United States role in the local economy.Credit... Brian Kaiser for The New York TimesImageIn the lobby at Piketon plant, a miniature display of new centrifuges.Credit... Brian Kaiser for The New York TimesThe centrifuge plant in Piketon, operated by Centrus Energy, occupies a corner of the site of the old gaseous diffusion facility. Building United States to United States full potential would create thousands of jobs, according to Centrus Energy. And it could produce the kinds of enriched uranium needed in both current and new-age nuclear plants.Lacking Piketon’s output, plants like TerraPower’s would have to look to foreign producers, like France, that might be a more politically acceptable and reliable supplier than Russia, but would also be more expensive.TerraPower sees itself as integral to phasing out climate-warming fossil fuels in electricity. Its reactor would include a sodium-based battery that would allow the plant to ramp up electricity production on demand, offsetting fluctuations in wind or solar production elsewhere.It is part of the energy transition that coal-country senators like Mr. Manchin and John Barrasso, a Wyoming Republican, are keen to fix as they eye nuclear replacements for lost coal jobs and revenue. While Mr. Manchin in particular has complicated the Biden administration’s efforts to quicken the transition away from fossil fuels, he also pushed back against colleagues, mostly Democrats, who are skeptical of nuclear power’s role in that transition, partly because of the radioactive waste it creates.

  3. Chris Lee:

    If you create miniature goals for yourself, you have something to look forward to when you exercise, so it's not just another boring workout, think of it as unlocking a new game level or superpower. Some simple examples are nailing a handstand, push-up or pull-up.

  4. Scott C. Holstad:

    She watched the smoke from the cigarette ooze slowly up to the ceiling, form into a nebulous cloud above her head like some miniature L.A. and then glanced at me. “Open the window, the room smells.” As I struggled with the lock, I noticed the cracks in the pane looked like so many veins in her wrist, pulsing, throbbing, making rivers of passion and death.

  5. Eric Lipp:

    A guy had a miniature horse, which did n’t fit comfortably in the back, so he was put in first class, the airline made the horse wear these little shoes so it did n’t scuff the plane, but it pooped all over and the other first-class travelers were n’t happy.

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