attenuate definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To make slender, good, or little: The drought attenuated the lake to a narrow channel.
    • To reduce in force, worth, amount, or degree; deteriorate: Medicine attenuated the fever's effect.
    • To lessen the density of; rarefy.
    • Biology to create (bacteria or viruses) less virulent.
    • Electronics To reduce (the amplitude of an electrical sign) with little to no or no distortion.
    • to produce slim or slender, as by technical or chemical activity upon inanimate items, or by the results of hunger, condition, etc., upon residing systems.
    • to create slim or less consistent; to render less viscid or dense; to rarefy. Particularly: To subtilize, as humors associated with body, or to break them into finer components.
    • to reduce the total amount, power, or value of; in order to make less complex; to damage.
    • which will make slender, fine, or tiny: The drought attenuated the lake to a narrow station.
    • to lessen in force, price, quantity, or degree; weaken: Medicine attenuated the fever's effect.
    • to minimize the thickness of; rarefy.
    • Biology In order to make (bacteria or viruses) less virulent.
    • Electronics to lessen (the amplitude of a power sign) with little or no distortion.
    • which will make slim or slender, because by mechanical or chemical action upon inanimate things, or because of the outcomes of starvation, disease, etc., upon living systems.
    • To make slim or less consistent; to make less viscid or heavy; to rarefy. Specifically: To subtilize, given that humors of the human body, or even break them into finer parts.
    • to minimize extent, power, or value of; to produce less complex; to weaken.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • To become slim, poor, or good.
    • To become slim, slender, or good; to develop less; to minimize.
    • To become slim, weak, or fine.
    • In order to become thin, slender, or fine; to grow less; to reduce.
  • adjective:
    • Reduced or weakened, as in strength, worth, or virulence.
    • Botany Gradually tapering to a slender point.
    • Gradually tapering into a petiole-like expansion toward the bottom.
    • Made slim or thin.
    • Made thin or less viscid; rarefied.
    • Reduced or weakened, like in strength, worth, or virulence.
    • Botany Gradually tapering to a slender point.
    • lower in power
    • slowly tapering into a petiole-like expansion toward the bottom.
    • Made thin or slim.
    • Made thin or less viscid; rarefied.
    • lower in energy
  • verb:
    • To reduce in proportions, power, value, amount, or degree.
    • To make thinner, since by actually reshaping, starving, or decaying.
    • To weaken.
    • To rarefy.
    • To reduce the virulence of a bacteria or virus.
    • to lessen the amplitude of an electric signal.
    • weaken the persistence of (a chemical compound)
    • To reduce in size, force, worth, quantity, or degree.
    • to produce thinner, because by actually reshaping, starving, or decaying.
    • become weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude
    • To deteriorate.
    • To rarefy.
    • To reduce the virulence of a bacteria or virus.
    • to lessen the amplitude of a power signal.
    • weaken the persistence of (a chemical material)
    • become weaker, in energy, worth, or magnitude
  • others:
    • to help make thin or slender; reduce thick; use or draw down: since, an attenuated thread or wire.
    • to lessen by comminution or attrition; make tiny or fine: because, exceptionally attenuated particles of dirt or flour.
    • In order to make slim or uncommon; lower in thickness; raise the fluidity or rarity of.
    • to minimize in complexity or intensity; reduce in strength or energy; simplify; weaken: because, the attenuated solutions associated with homeopathists.
    • Figuratively, to deteriorate or lower in effect, impact, or worth; render meager or jejune; fine down.
    • to minimize; diminish: said of number. Howell.
    • In order to become slim, slender, or fine; diminish; lessen.
    • In brewing and distilling, to endure the entire process of attenuation. See attenuation, 4.
    • Slender; slim.
    • In botany, tapering gradually to a narrow extremity.
    • Of slim consistency; dilute; rarefied.
    • In order to make thin or slim; decrease thick; use or draw down: because, an attenuated bond or wire.
    • To reduce by comminution or attrition; make tiny or good: as, acutely attenuated particles of dirt or flour.
    • which will make slim or rare; decrease in density; raise the fluidity or rareness of.
    • To lessen in complexity or strength; lower in strength or energy; simplify; deteriorate: since, the attenuated cures of this homeopathists.
    • Figuratively, to damage or reduce in effect, result, or value; render meager or jejune; good straight down.
    • To lessen; diminish: stated of quantity. Howell.
    • to be slim, thin, or good; diminish; decrease.
    • In brewing and distilling, to undergo the process of attenuation. See attenuation, 4.
    • Slender; slim.
    • In botany, tapering slowly to a narrow extremity.
    • Of slim consistency; dilute; rarefied.

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