from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Conveying or constituting a slight; belittling.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Derogatory; disparaging.
  • noun Disregard; scorn; slight.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Characterized by neglect or disregard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of slight.
  • adjective In the manner of a slight; belittling, deprecative

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective tending to diminish or disparage


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  • In castle architecture, the process of rendering a castle useless to prevent its future use. Dismantling a fortification, done by breaching walls, undermining walls, and later, by blowing them up with gunpowder.

    August 26, 2008