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 This year, the trust is working on six more projects that range from LED street lighting to solar water heaters and remote-control micro-water meters. Anne Field, Forbes, 17 June 2021 The Snuggle-Pedic Ultra-Luxury Bamboo Shredded Memory Foam Full Size Body Pillow comes with a Kool-Flow soft, luxurious, extra breathable, cooling micro-vented cover. Chris Hachey, BGR, 11 June 2021 Aside from being a micro-manager, Bjorkgren was resistant to change and input from his staff, which grew frustrated, too. Stefan Krajisnik, The Indianapolis Star, 9 June 2021 Aside from being a micro-manager, Bjorkgren was resistant to change and input from his staff, which grew frustrated, too. J. Michael, USA TODAY, 9 June 2021 Monroe said her technology empowers micro-level entrepreneurs to reach customers globally. Alexandra Skores, Dallas News, 8 June 2021 Takeoff Technologies, which puts micro-fulfillment centers in grocery stores, said people can typically pick 60 items per hour in stores. New York Times, 4 June 2021 With restrictions on long-distance travel and uncertainty about the safety of public transit during the pandemic, cities closed streets for automobiles and opened them up for bikes and other methods of micro-mobility, like electric scooters. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, 2 June 2021 There’s micro-mineral physical exfoliants, enzymes to absorb oil and debris, and chemical exfoliants—specifically glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 29 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The first initiative is the Urban High Tunnel Project, a collaboration between Black Soil KY, Grow Appalachia and Seedleaf that willbuild and install 48 urban micro-farms or high tunnels across Hopkinsville, Lexington and west Louisville. Gabrielle Bunton, The Courier-Journal, 18 June 2021 Making diverse teams feel inclusive means having open communication, addressing micro-aggressions and establishing concrete feedback mechanisms. Swathi Young, Forbes, 14 June 2021 This mixture purportedly speeds up the natural biodegradation process by attracting micro-organisms when the case enters microbe-rich environments, like landfills or oceans. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, 8 June 2021 Would-be entrepreneurs might be able to apply for micro-grants worth up to $10,000 to create and boost small businesses serving underserved communities, including immigrants and Californians who speak limited English. Karen Kaplan Science And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2021 Advocates say sidewalk and push-cart vending micro-enterprises are options for many immigrants and refugee communities because there are barriers — mainly language and immigration status — that prevent them from entering the traditional workforce. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 May 2021 Rather than celebrate that micro-success (foolish) better to aim a larger lens at the reasons for it. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 7 June 2021 Under the bill, social equity applicants would have early access to obtain licenses to become retailers, cultivators, micro-cultivators and other positions that would be created in the newly legal marijuana industry. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, 7 June 2021 What’s needed is a high-performance automation strategy that looks towards the future, beyond the micro-uses cases and business problems of today. Babu Sivadasan, Forbes, 1 June 2021

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1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1971, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Jun 2021

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“Micro.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/micro. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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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