mi·​cro·​state | \ ˈmī-krō-ˌstāt How to pronounce microstate (audio) \

Definition of microstate

: a nation that is extremely small in area and population

Examples of microstate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fact that Belgium, led by Sophie Wilmès, was notching up the world’s highest rate of Covid-19 deaths per million population for any country (other than a microstate in northern Italy). Hilda Bastian, Wired, "What the Data Really Says About Women Leaders and the Pandemic," 1 July 2020 In 1995, Stephen Boland sat in his government office while working as the macroeconomic planner for the Pacific microstate of Tuvalu when the fax machine whirred to life. Alexander Lee, Washington Post, "Tuvalu is a tiny island nation of 11,000 people. It’s cashing in thanks to Twitch.," 23 Dec. 2019 But wiring up a rich microstate like Singapore or San Marino is a doddle compared with doing the same in sparsely populated Scotland. The Economist, "Nationalising BT may not improve Britain’s broadband," 21 Nov. 2019 And yes, that quote could apply to both the lads from the mountainous microstate or the mountainous tartan state. SI.com, "90min's Definitive European Player Power Rankings: International Break Special," 18 Oct. 2019 An object’s entropy is described by microstates: the number of ways atoms can be rearranged to achieve the same macroscale object. Jennifer Ouellette, Quanta Magazine, "The Fuzzball Fix for a Black Hole Paradox," 23 June 2015 Mathur’s fuzzball conjecture, by contrast, allows him to calculate the number of microstates in models that don’t exclude gravity. Jennifer Ouellette, Quanta Magazine, "The Fuzzball Fix for a Black Hole Paradox," 23 June 2015 Government officials told NBC News that Monaco, another microstate in the middle of Europe, is following in Estonia's footsteps and entered into a digital partnership with Luxembourg in December. NBC News, "Data security meets diplomacy: Why Estonia is storing its data in Luxembourg," 25 June 2019 Later, Czerapowicz played in Poland and in the top Spanish league for a team based in the microstate Andorra. Dom Amore, courant.com, "Just Passing Through, Chris Czerapowicz Leads Slamm Into Pro-Am Semifinals," 7 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of microstate

1962, in the meaning defined above

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“Microstate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microstate. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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