American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To become gradually less until little remains.
- v. To cause to dwindle. See Synonyms at decrease.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To diminish; become less; shrink; waste or consume away: with by or from before the cause, and to, in, or into before the effect or result: as, the body dwindles by pining or consumption; an estate dwindles from waste; an object dwindles in size as it recedes from view; from its constant exposure, the regiment dwindled to a skeleton.
- To degenerate; sink; fall away in quality.
- Synonyms Diminish, etc. (see decrease); attenuate, become attenuated, decline, fall off, fall away.
- n. Gradual decline or decrease; a wasting away; degeneracy; decline.
- v. intransitive To decrease, shrink, diminish, reduce in size.
- v. intransitive, figuratively To fall away in quality; degenerate, sink.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To diminish; to become less; to shrink; to waste or consume away; to become degenerate; to fall away.
- v. To make less; to bring low.
- v. rare To break; to disperse.
- n. rare The process of dwindling; dwindlement; decline; degeneracy.
- v. become smaller or lose substance
- Diminutive form of dwine, from Old English dwinan ("to waste away"), akin to Old Norse dvena/dvína (Danish tvine ("to pine away")). (Wiktionary)
- Frequentative of Middle English dwinen, to waste away, from Old English dwīnan, to shrink; see dheu-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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