Phrases with "diminishes"

Arthur Conan Doyle That would be a charge of L175 upon my income, but with economy I could meet it, and it diminishes the debt by one-half. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

William Henry Bragg The curve contains the four steps as in the former method, but the ionisation of any bundle of rays which crosses the chamber gradually diminishes to zero with the pressure. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Olive Schreiner There is absolutely no ground for the assumption that increased intelligence and intellectual power diminishes sexual emotion in the human creature of either sex. Woman and Labour by Olive Schreiner

Baldwin Spencer It measures six and three-quarter inches in length, three in greatest width and, in thickness, diminishes from one and a quarter inches to three-quarters of an inch just above the cutting edge. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

I understand that women easily forget whatever in their past diminishes them in their eyes. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Some young girls have unfortunate love affairs, but the number of deceived husbands and unhappy households (mauvaises ménages) diminishes in immense proportion. ’On with the Dance!’ by Ambrose Bierce

Thomas Paine Commerce diminishes the spirit both of patriotism and military defence. Common Sense by Thomas Paine [1776]

He changed his pose, took the pen in his hand, and said, punctuating the rhythm of his speed with waves of his hand: “Family life always diminishes the energy of a revolutionist. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Sir Walter Scott But time, thought he, diminishes wonder and palliates misconduct. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

H. G. Wells As we go eastward from European Russia the proportion of soundly prepared intelligence to which we can appeal for understanding and participation diminishes to an even more dismaying fraction. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

John Lewis Burckhard From hence northward, the face of the country gradually loses its wild aspect, and the eastern chain diminishes considerably in height. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Oliver Goldsmith To the latter it is a double advantage; for it diminishes their pain here, and rewards them with heavenly bliss hereafter. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

One of the salt sea snakes is distinguished by its odd, deceptive shape — a broad, flattened tail whence the body consistently diminishes to the head, which is the thinnest part. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

In addition, the fact that the British Army is rather heavily officered probably diminishes class friction and thus makes the lower ranks less accessible to “subversive” ideas. Democracy in the British Army by George Orwell [1939]

R. D. Blackmore There is no such man, at the present time of day, to carry out strict orders, as the dogman was, and the chance of there being such a one again diminishes by very rapid process. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Watkin Tench The number of convicts here diminishes every day; our principal efforts being wisely made at Rose Hill, where the land is unquestionably better than about this place. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

It diminishes where there is excess, and supplements where there is deficiency. Tao Te Ching by Lao tzu

John Donne It diminishes not the dignity of a monarch that he derive part of his care upon others; God hath not made many suns, but he hath made many bodies that receive and give light. Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and severall steps in my Sicknes by John Donne

But when they proceed onward toward the Cape of Good Hope the variation diminishes the more they approach it. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Olive Schreiner Every mechanical invention which lessens the necessity for rough, untrained, muscular, human labour, diminishes also the social demand upon woman as the producer in large masses of such labourers. Woman and Labour by Olive Schreiner

W. H. Hudson The delight which children experience on entering woods and other wild places is very keen; and this feeling, although it diminishes as we advance in life, remains with us to the last. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

In other arts correct colouring and outline remain correct, and if they are combined with imaginative power, age rather enhances than diminishes their worth. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]