Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

Americal Dictionary of the English Language

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DWIN'DLE, verb intransitive

1. To diminish; to become less; to shrink; to waste or consume away. The body dwindles by pining or consumption; an estate dwindles by waste, by want of industry or economy; an object dwindles in size, as it recedes from view; an army dwindles by death or desertion.

Our drooping days have dwindled down to naught.

2. To degenerate; to sink; to fall away.

Religious societies may dwindle into factious clubs.

DWIN'DLE, verb transitive To make less; to bring low.

1. To break; to disperse.