Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Archaic A tiny particle; a mote.
  • n. Archaic A tiny being.
  • n. Archaic A gaunt person; a skeleton.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A floating mote or speck of dust.
  • n. a skeleton

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An atom; a mite; a pigmy.
  • n. A skeleton.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An atom; a mote.
  • n. A tiny being; a pygmy.
  • n. An anatomy; a skeleton.
  • n. A very lean person; a walking skeleton.

Etymologies

From Latin atomī, pl. of atomus, atom; see atom.
From an atomy, respelling of anatomy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
See atom. (Wiktionary)
A metanalysis (false splitting) of anatomy as an atomy. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But I have a damned good dose of the devil in my pipe-stem atomy; I have had my little holiday outing in my kick at The Young Chevalier, and I guess I can settle to DaviD. Balfour tomorrow or Friday like a little man.

    Vailima Letters

  • Pasgen created a tiny Gate where he had built the large one through which they had escaped after the disaster in Hatfield, and sent through it a tiny, malicious atomy of an imp.

    Ill Met By Moonlight

  • Jak gwiazdy wiekiem będą one bezpiecznik cięższe i cięższe pierwiastki, aż wszystkie atomy znamy dzisiaj wypełnić wszechświata.

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  • Kępy skroplenia wodoru w coraz większej gęstości, aż do jądra wodoru łączą ze sobą, tworząc atomy helu.

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  • Scientific research into an - atomy, physiology and pathology, controlled by systematic observation, began rather later, with Aris - totle and his successors, and the medical writers of the Hellenistic period, e.g.,

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • Think'st thou wisdom came to mankind with the stenchful rocket and the sundered atomy?

    No Great Magic

  • A few days more like this would peel him down to an 'atomy.

    Adrift in the Ice-Fields

  • MINCHIN, E.A. Report of A.atomy of the Tsetse-fly (_Glossina palpalis_).

    Insects and Diseases A Popular Account of the Way in Which Insects may Spread or Cause some of our Common Diseases

  • Elchies, a shrivelled atomy with a hirpling walk, leaning heavily upon a rattan, both with the sinister black tri-corne hats in their hands, and flanked by a company of musketeers.

    Doom Castle

  • Often she would turn her back upon that wizened atomy of quirks and false ideals, and let her bosom pant to think to-night!

    Doom Castle

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  • JM got a very small fright from a naughty atomy.

    January 30, 2011

  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
    noun
    Inflected Form(s): plural at·o·mies
    Etymology: irregular from Latin atomi, plural of atomus atom
    Date: 1591
    : a tiny particle

    "Hey!" he said, "why it's you, Tom! I suppose you have come here to laugh at me, you spiteful little atomy."
    _Water Babies - Charles Kingsley, 1937

    January 31, 2008