min·​i·​a·​tur·​ize | \ ˈmi-nē-ə-chə-ˌrīz How to pronounce miniaturize (audio) , ˈmi-ni-chə- How to pronounce miniaturize (audio) , ˈmin-yə-chə-, -ˌtyu̇-, -ˌtu̇- \
miniaturized; miniaturizing

Definition of miniaturize

transitive verb

: to design or construct in small size

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miniaturization \ ˌmi-​nē-​ə-​ˌchu̇r-​ə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce miniaturization (audio) , ˌmi-​ni-​ , ˌmin-​yə-​ , -​chər-​ , -​ˌtyu̇r-​ , -​ˌtu̇r-​ \ noun

Examples of miniaturize in a Sentence

Technology has made it possible to miniaturize electronic circuits.
Recent Examples on the Web This differs from cetaceans, which miniaturized their bony labyrinths soon after entering the water. Fox News, "Prehistoric crocodiles were more like whales and dolphins, shocking study finds," 21 Apr. 2020 As silicon chips multiplied in power, miniaturized in size, and simplified the manufacturing of computers through the 1960s, engineers could already see just how far and wide the technology would spread into our workplaces, homes, and cars. Eric Tingwall, Car and Driver, "Electronics Account for 40 Percent of the Cost of a New Car," 2 May 2020 Moeller expects that machines now made commercially and costing an estimated $30,000 to $50,000 will soon be miniaturized, cost less and be safer for use by the public. Brian Albrecht, cleveland, "Something old, something new, in solutions against toxic algae in Ohio’s inland lakes," 12 Apr. 2020 There’s no bridge from here to there, no technological process that must simply be miniaturized or scaled up or optimized to reach a solution. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "Tech Experts Are Pessimistic About Their Industry," 21 Feb. 2020 Technology has been miniaturized to allow for duplicates to avoid errors. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "These are the new spacesuits for the first woman and next man on the moon," 15 Oct. 2019 Like all things in synthetic biology, these tools will continue to improve, cheapen, and miniaturize with extraordinary speed. George Church, Ars Technica, "We should create a global DNA threat-detection network to fight future pathogens," 19 June 2019 The mammals also miniaturized over generations, as leaves became less nutritious in the carbonaceous air. Wired, "As the World Warms, Clouds Could Disappear—Catastrophically," 3 Mar. 2019 The mammals also miniaturized over generations, as leaves became less nutritious in the carbonaceous air. Wired, "As the World Warms, Clouds Could Disappear—Catastrophically," 3 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of miniaturize

1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Miniaturize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of miniaturize

: to design or make (something) in a very small size

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