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attenuate


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Attenuate  \At*ten"u*ate\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Attenuated};  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Attenuating}.]  [L.  attenuatus  p.  p.  of 
  attenuare  ad  +  tenuare  to  make  thin,  tenuis  thin.  See 
  {Thin}.] 
  1.  To  make  thin  or  slender,  as  by  mechanical  or  chemical 
  action  upon  inanimate  objects,  or  by  the  effects  of 
  starvation,  disease,  etc.,  upon  living  bodies. 
 
  2.  To  make  thin  or  less  consistent;  to  render  less  viscid  or 
  dense;  to  rarefy.  Specifically:  To  subtilize,  as  the 
  humors  of  the  body,  or  to  break  them  into  finer  parts 
 
  3.  To  lessen  the  amount,  force,  or  value  of  to  make  less 
  complex;  to  weaken. 
 
  To  undersell  our  rivals  .  .  .  has  led  the 
  manufacturer  to  .  .  .  attenuate  his  processes,  in 
  the  allotment  of  tasks,  to  an  extreme  point.  --I. 
  Taylor. 
 
  We  may  reject  and  reject  till  we  attenuate  history 
  into  sapless  meagerness.  --Sir  F. 
  Palgrave. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Attenuate  \At*ten"u*ate\,  v.  i. 
  To  become  thin,  slender,  or  fine;  to  grow  less  to  lessen. 
 
  The  attention  attenuates  as  its  sphere  contracts. 
  --Coleridge. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Attenuate  \At*ten"u*ate\,  Attenuated  \At*ten"u*a`ted\,  a.  [L. 
  attenuatus  p.  p.] 
  1.  Made  thin  or  slender. 
 
  2.  Made  thin  or  less  viscid;  rarefied.  --Bacon. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  attenuate 
  adj  :  reduced  in  strength;  "the  faded  tones  of  an  old  recording" 
  [syn:  {attenuated},  {faded},  {weakened}] 
  v  1:  weaken  the  consistency  of  (a  chemical  substance)  [syn:  {rarefy}] 
  2:  become  weaker,  in  strength,  value,  or  magnitude 




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