What does miniature mean?

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

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word miniature.

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"

Wiktionary

  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.

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

  2. miniaturenoun

    A small, highly detailed painting, a portrait miniature.

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

  3. miniaturenoun

    The art of painting such highly detailed miniature works.

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

  4. miniaturenoun

    An illustration in an illuminated manuscript.

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

  5. miniaturenoun

    A musical composition which is short in duration.

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

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

  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.

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

  7. miniatureadjective

    Smaller than normal.

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

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

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

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

  2. Miniature

    greatly diminished size or form; reduced scale

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

  3. Miniature

    lettering in red; rubric distinction

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

  4. Miniature

    a particular feature or trait

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

  5. Miniatureadjective

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

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

  6. Miniatureverb

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

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

Freebase

  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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Numerology

  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. Melanie Bailey:

    We would like to get funding to make this technology more portable using miniature mass spectrometers. We are also working on a quantitative method.

  2. 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.

  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. Matt Groening:

    Love is a perky elf dancing a merry little jig, and then suddenly he turns on you with a miniature machine gun.

  5. Simone Borelli:

    I think a good case in point is Seoul, in South Korea -- they actually took out an entire motorway (in the city center) and put the river in there with trees and plants, in Manila, they are establishing miniature parks wherever they can -- crossroads, along the railway, old industrial areas -- there's a lot of urban space that is wasteland, so there are areas that can be converted.

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