Definitions for: Mince

[n] food chopped into small bits; "a mince of mushrooms"
[v] make less severe or harsh; "He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears"
[v] cut into small pieces; "mince the garlic"
[v] walk daintily

Webster (1913) Definition: Mince, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Minced; p. pr. & vb. n.
Minging.] [AS. minsian to grow less, dwindle, fr. min
small; akin to G. minder less, Goth. minniza less, mins less,
adv., L. minor, adj. (cf. Minor); or more likely fr. F.
mincer to mince, prob. from (assumed) LL. minutiare. ????.
See Minish.]
1. To cut into very small pieces; to chop fine; to hash; as,
to mince meat. --Bacon.

2. To suppress or weaken the force of; to extenuate; to
palliate; to tell by degrees, instead of directly and
frankly; to clip, as words or expressions; to utter half
and keep back half of.

I know no ways to mince it in love, but directly to
say -- ``I love you.'' --Shak.

Siren, now mince the sin, And mollify damnation with
a phrase. --Dryden.

If, to mince his meaning, I had either omitted some
part of what he said, or taken from the strength of
his expression, I certainly had wronged him.

3. To affect; to make a parade of. [R.] --Shak.

Mince, v. i.
1. To walk with short steps; to walk in a prim, affected

The daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with
stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, . . . mincing
as they go. --Is. iii. 16.

I 'll . . . turn two mincing steps Into a manly
stride. --Shak.

2. To act or talk with affected nicety; to affect delicacy in

Mince, n.
A short, precise step; an affected manner.

Synonyms: moderate, soften

See Also: aliment, alimentation, alter, change, chop, chop up, nourishment, nutriment, nutrition, sustenance, victuals, walk

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