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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishminiaturemin‧ia‧ture1 /ˈmɪnətʃə $ ˈmɪniətʃər/ ●○○ adjective [only before noun]  SMALLmuch smaller than normal miniature roses a miniature railway He looked like a miniature version of his father.see thesaurus at small
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miniatureWith eyes half closed he could see it as a miniature cannon.The author, once a portrait and miniature painter, now devoted himself to pictorial photography.The locket contained a miniature portrait of her late husband.Next to the beach there's a miniature railway.But this attempt to create a miniature Saratoga Springs at Niagara failed.The miniature stainless-steel kitchenette looked as if it had never been cooked in.a miniature traina miniature TV with a 2 inch screenOn top of the cab was a very big circular disc with a grille over it like miniature venetian blinds.These girls are not miniature women.There are buttons you can press to set this miniature world in motion.miniature versionWhat dreary offices we inhabit, I thought as I allowed my gaze to travel round this miniature version of my own.The family and home was a miniature version of the nation state.Now however, a miniature version of the race riot that Gallagher had predicted exploded on campus.
Related topics: Painting and drawing
miniatureminiature2 noun  1 in miniature2 [countable]AVP a very small painting, usually of a person3 [countable] a very small bottle containing an alcoholic drink a miniature of whiskey
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miniatureWe've got a painting of Parsons here somewhere, a miniature done by another member of the club called Peter Lens.The carcass is small so that cuts appear to be miniatures of beef cuts.These are complete miniatures of the parents and will soon busily be eating brine shrimp.But for the vertigo shot alone, a horizontal miniature was built to avoid counter-weighting the heavy VistaVision camera.The building joins miniatures of Hampton Court and Fontainebleau Palace at the museum.For instance, you could create two groups of miniatures in the recesses on either side of a fireplace.In fact, in many cases, the very size of miniatures makes them more suitable for particular ideas and arrangements.portrait miniaturesAmong her prize-winning stock is Bickels Tinker Toy, which she says is one of the smallest miniatures in the world.
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