micro

adjective
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

micro

noun
plural micros

Definition of micro (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of micro in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In Tampa Bay, swimmers are exposed to hundreds of thousands of micro organisms. Justine Griffin, sun-sentinel.com, "Why is flesh-eating bacteria on the rise? Some point to climate change," 26 July 2019 In Tampa Bay, swimmers are exposed to hundreds of thousands of micro organisms. Justine Griffin, orlandosentinel.com, "Why is flesh-eating bacteria on the rise? Some point to climate change," 26 July 2019 The change to the annex means more condos for the development, including three micro units and three one-bedroom units, the company said. Anna Beahm | Abeahm@al.com, al.com, "New Ideal changes loft plans," 16 July 2019 There will be 44 loft units available in sizes ranging from micro to one- and two-bedroom units. Anna Beahm | Abeahm@al.com, al.com, "New Ideal changes loft plans," 16 July 2019 Sometimes this can even lead to micro tears of the fibers of the plantar fascia. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, "What is plantar fasciitis? And what can you do to relieve the pain?," 16 July 2019 The reality star’s ultra-revealing micro bikini, which was first modeled by Stella Tenant in the late Karl Lagerfeld’s 1996 Chanel runway show, can be borrowed by those living in L.A. for a 72 hour rental. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Kylie Jenner Flaunts Curves in a Sexy $1,690 Chanel Bikini – Just Like Sister Kim Kardashian!," 15 July 2019 Here are but two illustrations: a macro-example from the field of global and national security, and a micro-example dealing with the potential role of AI in human relationships. The Atlantic, "The Metamorphosis," 11 July 2019 Typically this creativity was met with negativity, resistance to change, micro management, and compensation/incentive retraction when goals were actually met. Fortune, "World Wide Technology, Inc.," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Once, on the micro going to work, a tall, dark-skinned woman had gotten on the bus. Stephanie Green, chicagotribune.com, "2019 Algren Awards: Finalist: Host Mother," 20 July 2019 The most important category that needs investment revival is that of micro, small and medium enterprises that have suffered massively due to policy mistakes of the past few years. Jayati Ghosh, Quartz India, "“Investment” was mentioned over 30 times in India’s budget speech—but where will it come from?," 8 July 2019 From the macro to the in-game micro, Cincinnati's had to scratch and claw for everything it's earned in 2019. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati hangs on for 3-2 win against Houston Dynamo," 6 July 2019 Because dealing with the micro, or trying to respond to a tweet, is too [minor]. Time, "Arturo Castro Thought There Weren’t Enough Latino Characters on TV. So He Decided to Play Them All Himself," 11 June 2019 No one else looks at crime in that micro, up-close way. Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Behind the Crime Counts data project," 9 June 2019 To understand the issue of freedom, take first the city of Singapore, in effect one of the world’s most densely populated micro-countries. Jared Diamond, National Geographic, "How the pros and cons of city living vary around the world," 22 June 2019 Portable chargers also often come with an included micro USB cable; iPhone users should use the lightning cable that came with their phone. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, "Over 20,000 people love these portable chargers," 2 July 2019 The big picture is harder to grasp while the micro blocks out the macro, though. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Shorthanded FC Cincinnati looking to continue MLS progress at Minnesota United FC," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of micro

Adjective

1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1971, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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micro

adjective
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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