Definition of miniature in English:
(Especially of a replica of something) of a much smaller size than normal; very small: children dressed as miniature adults
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- And out of that we're getting a hedge of miniature roses.
- Month-old ringtails look like miniature adults: the same black and white clown make-up and soft grey fur.
- Unfortunately, miniature roses have little or no fragrance.
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1A thing that is much smaller than normal, especially a small replica or model.
- Hazy, speculative figures wander through the evocative landscapes and buildings he creates using miniatures, models, televisions, glass and mirrors.
- Rufforth Airfield has been hosting the Yorkshire Air Spectacular, with flying model craft ranging in size from miniatures to monsters with a 25 ft wingspan.
- As miniatures of human bodies, dolls have had many meanings.
1.1A plant or animal that is a smaller version of an existing variety or breed.
- He's bred miniatures as small as your thumbnail, and crossbred them to give large, ranging plants shape.
- A keen observer can also find around the same area a tiny plant, almost a miniature of the creeper Torenia travancorica.
- For miniatures used as landscape plants, use hedge shears to maintain size.
1.2A very small and highly detailed portrait or other painting.
- Johnson also worked at three-quarter-length and occasionally full-length, as well as painting portrait miniatures in oil on copper.
- The new gallery of British portrait miniatures, including this depiction of Jane Small by Hans Holbein, opens on 2 March.
- During his work on portrait miniatures Reynolds turned to the Victorian paintings that had been given to the museum by John Sheepshanks in 1857 as a core collection of British art.
1.3A picture or decorated letter in an illuminated manuscript.
- His image has also survived in a few panel paintings, later copies of original portraits, and through representations of the duke and his court in the miniatures of illuminated manuscripts.
- It runs the gamut of art riches over the centuries, stretching to murals, miniatures and manuscripts.
- Numerous panels, often deliberately aged, and illuminated miniatures or historiated initials, usually on reused leaves from genuine medieval manuscripts, survive and frequently appear on the art market.
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Represent on a smaller scale; reduce to miniature dimensions.
- In exchange, he offered his own likeness - ‘a picture of the old gold hunter, so you may compare the doctor (as miniatured and sent to mother in '49) with the gold hunter of the present.’
- The ceiling here arches in this way that miniatures me, and the floor is long and grey.
- On a small scale, but otherwise a replica: a place that is Greece in miniatureMore example sentences
- Initially needing to know the shape of the quickest hull, he modelled them in miniature, undoubtedly the first to experiment on a small scale.
- A street-scene is played in miniature in the small stage and as the tiny puppet turns its back to open a door, the full size character enters in the large upper playing space.
- Like the Bonsai trees in the classical gardens of Suzhou, it's China in miniature that captures the imagination, every bit as much as its grand monumental flourishes.
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