American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The quality or condition of being scanty or meager.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Smallness; slenderness; tenuity.
- n. Scantiness; slightness; meagerness: as, the exiguity of a description.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. rare Scantiness; smallness; thinness.
- n. the quality of being meager
- Derived from exiguous. (Wiktionary)
“The more glaring the contrast through the exiguity of the Capitalist class and its proportionately large individual holdings of the means of production the stronger this feeling.”
“If one day it should fall to the ground, it may emit a cloud of dust and leave visible ruins; but, less material even than a palace on the stage, though it has not the same exiguity, it will subside in the magic universe without letting the fall of its heavy blocks of stone tarnish, with anything so vulgar as sound, the chastity of the prevailing silence.”
“If we look simply at the magnitude of the results obtained, compared with the exiguity of the resources at command, -- if we remember that out of the small Kingdom of Sardinia grew united Italy, we must come to the conclusion that Count Cavour was undoubtedly a statesman of marvellous skill and prescience.”
“The fairy of folk-lore in Shakespeare's day is nearly everything that the fairies of _A Midsummer-Night's Dream_ are; we may possibly except their exiguity, their relations in love with mortals, and their hymeneal functions.”
“Doubtless because of the exiguity of his organ, he found it necessary to stop the windows of his nose with his fingers in order to smoke.”
“The absence of rugs or carpets and curtains, the polish and exiguity of the furniture, the general air of having no more in the rooms than that which will just serve the purposes of life did not suit his sense of abundance and luxury.”
“One does not contrast the exiguity of a pint of nitric acid in an engraver's studio with the hundreds of gallons of water in the cisterns of his house.”
“It is not very easy to see how such very trifling surnames as this last came into existence, but its exiguity is surpassed in the case of a prominent French airman who bears the appropriately buoyant name of”
“The marooned seaman saves his sanity by cutting notches in a stick, the solitary prisoner by friendship with a mouse; and when life is reduced to the last exiguity of narrowness, the interests of life will be narrow too.”
“His jaw fell; there was a remarkable exiguity about the coat which was inexplicable.”
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