mi·​cro | \ ˈmī-(ˌ)krō How to pronounce micro (audio) \

Definition of micro

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : very small especially : microscopic
2 : involving minute quantities or variations


plural micros

Definition of micro (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of micro in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Provide More Micro-Development Opportunities Consider creating micro-development opportunities, such as organizational events, networking gatherings, special short-term projects or committee positions. Kelly Kubicek, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 Burton, 35, is a micro-local celebrity who works the register and hands out change with jokes. Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2022 These startups opened offices and micro-fulfillment centers in cities across the country and rapidly recruited couriers. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, 25 July 2022 As a result, mini- and micro-budgeted films with no real production values have mushroomed and are released in their dozens, without making a significant run at the box office. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 23 July 2022 And Instagram has created something of a poetry micro-genre, with short, piercing snippets of verse going viral online. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 21 July 2022 Electronics giant Toshiba has teamed up with the Californian firm ZapBatt to create more efficient and longer-lasting micro-mobility batteries. Jamie Hailstone, Forbes, 19 July 2022 The micro-rotor, meanwhile, was tweaked by Sorayama in order to create a hypnotizing optical illusion (or rippling moiré effect) triggered by the natural movements of the wearer’s wrist. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 19 July 2022 Today, the Taits are part of the global baking community — the famous Tartine bakery in San Francisco backed their Kickstarter and offered advice — running baking classes at local schools with plans to set up a micro-bakery at their local prison. Monique Jessen, PEOPLE.com, 19 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And once in Lake Erie the brittle plastic gets pounded by the waves and against rocks, breaking it into micro-fragments. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 7 Aug. 2022 Accessories can often be an afterthought when dressing, especially when there are dozens of micro-trends floating up through TikTok. Kevin Leblanc, ELLE, 1 Aug. 2022 Signature Service: With a nod to the surrounding countryside and its contributions, The Well's Milk, Honey and Lavender massage works to revitalize problem skin areas as well as increase micro-circulation. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 29 July 2022 These adhesive elements were then integrated with an array of LIDAR optical proximity sensors and a micro-control for the real-time detection of objects. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 28 July 2022 Lifting weights taxes the muscles, often causing micro-damage in the muscle cells that require repair. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 28 July 2022 Performed using a medical-grade, stainless steel roller covered with hundreds of tiny spikes, the tool creates a series of micro-injuries in an effort to rebuild the skin collagen production along with elasticity. Janell M. Hickman, SELF, 27 July 2022 The rise of micro-cores coincides with the rise of hyper-specific internet aesthetics. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, 27 July 2022 Sweep or dry mop daily to clean floors of dust, dirt, and other debris that causes micro-scratching. Jolie Kerr, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 July 2022 See More

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1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1971, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Aug 2022

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mi·​cro | \ ˈmī-(ˌ)krō How to pronounce micro (audio) \

Medical Definition of micro

1 : very small especially : microscopic
2 involving minute quantities or variations

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