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mince

Definitions

  • A Dog Biscuit Would Have Been Mince Pie 011
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v mince make less severe or harsh "He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears"
    • v mince cut into small pieces "mince the garlic"
    • v mince walk daintily "She minced down the street"
    • n mince food chopped into small bits "a mince of mushrooms"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In India, pickled ginger, minced mutton and a cottage cheese like substance are popular pizza toppings
    • n Mince A short, precise step; an affected manner.
    • Mince To act or talk with affected nicety; to affect delicacy in manner.
    • Mince To affect; to make a parade of.
    • Mince To cut into very small pieces; to chop fine; to hash; as, to mince meat.
    • Mince 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; as, he doesn't mince words. "I know no ways to mince it in love, but directly to say -- “I love you.”""Siren, now mince the sin,
      And mollify damnation with a phrase."
      "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."
    • Mince To walk with short steps; to walk in a prim, affected manner. "The daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, . . . mincing as they go.""I 'll . . . turn two mincing steps
      Into a manly stride."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • mince To make less; make small; specifically, to cut or chop into very small pieces: as, to mince meat.
    • mince To lessen; diminish; especially, to diminish in speaking; speak of lightly or slightingly; minimize.
    • mince To utter primly: bring or show forth sparingly or in a half-spoken way; hence, to display with affected delicacy; use affectation in regard to: as, to mince one's words or a narrative; to mince the lapses of one's neighbors; a minced oath.
    • mince To effect mincingly.
    • mince To walk with short steps or with affected nicety; affect delicacy in manner.
    • mince To speak with affected elegance.
    • n mince Same as mince-meat.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Mince mins to cut into small pieces: to chop fine: to diminish or suppress a part in speaking: to pronounce affectedly
    • v.i Mince to walk with affected nicety: to speak affectedly:—pr.p. minc′ing; pa.p. minced (minst)
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Quotations

  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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    “A good neighbor sometimes cuts your morning up to mince-meat of the very smallest talk, then helps to sugar her bohea at night with your reputation.”

Idioms

Head is mince - (Scot) When someone's thoughts are in a state of abject confusion, especially when facing a severe dilemma, their head is mince.
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Mince words - If people mince words, or mince their words, they don't say what they really mean clearly.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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,. √101. See Minish

Usage

In literature:

I, her mincing step Observing, with as tardy step pursued.
"The Divine Comedy, Complete" by Dante Alighieri
Another day these bowls will be filled with minced meat.
"Concerning Cats" by Helen M. Winslow
The farm director was generally a man of bluff, outspoken address, quick-tempered, and not at all accustomed to mince his words.
"The Coryston Family" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Add an onion minced, and black pepper to your taste.
"Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches" by Eliza Leslie
He did not mince matters in the least.
"The Avenger" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
It also refers to balls of minced meat, egged, crumbed, and fried until crisp.
"Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 1" by Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
After mincing lean pieces of left-over lamb until they are very fine, put them in a buttered frying pan.
"Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3" by Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
To bake mince pie, fill the lower crust with the mince-meat mixture, place the upper crust in position, and put the pie into a hot oven.
"Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4" by Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Beside the Bishop rode the Prior of Emmet upon a mincing palfrey.
"The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood" by Howard Pyle
Not to mince matters, they defy you.
"Home as Found" by James Fenimore Cooper
Excuse me, padre, but it's no time to mince our words.
"Dragon's blood" by Henry Milner Rideout
She minces in her gait.
"Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
Behold how mincingly it creeps over the sea, just ruffling and crisping it.
"White Jacket" by Herman Melville
Mince, not too finely, some cold roasted beef or mutton.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
She did not mince words to herself when she reflected on this matter.
"Big Timber" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Use only the white part of the celery and mince it finely.
"Science in the Kitchen." by Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
I ate a hearty dinner, finishing up with a Welsh rabbit, a mince pie and some lobster a la Newburgh.
"Toaster's Handbook" by Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers
But I'm not in the habit; of mincing words.
"Paradise Garden" by George Gibbs
Take four pounds of Beef, Veal or Neats-Tongues, and eight pounds of Suet; and mince both the meat and Suet very small, befor you put them together.
"The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened" by Kenelm Digby
You see these here six mince pies I done make?
"Stories to Tell Children" by Sara Cone Bryant
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In poetry:

Where searching long, but all in vain,
His mother after that,
Into a pudding thrust her son,
Instead of minced-meat.
"The Life And Death Of Tom Thumb" by Anonymous British
Does he like new cream, and hate mince-pies?
When he looks at the sun does he wink his eyes,
or NOT,
The Akond of Swat?
"The Akond of Swat" by Edward Lear
Back flew the bolt, up rose the latch,
And open swung the door,
And little mincing feet were heard
Pat, pat along the floor.
"The Spectre Pig" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Ye are brave in your silks and satins,
As ye mince about the Town;
But her feet go free in pattens,
If she wear a russet gown.
"Soli Cantare Periti Arcades" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
Myrt, to mince no words, you lied;
Oh, that I should live to know it!
You that are my nearly-bride;
I that am your nearly-poet!
"An Ultimatum To Myrtilla" by Franklin Pierce Adams
O never thinks the lady fair,
As she goes by with mincing air,
How the pert Sparrow over-head,
Has robbed her gown to make its bed!
"The Sparrow's Nest" by Mary Botham Howitt

In news:

1 large garlic clove, minced.
1 tablespoon capers in salt, rinsed and minced.
Thinly-sliced zucchini and minced green olives add complexity to this simple grilled goat cheese sandwich.
1 fresh hot chile, seeded and minced.
In a medium bowl, combine the sliced scallions with the minced ginger, vegetable oil, sherry vinegar and soy sauce.
6 tablespoons minced fresh ginger.
4oz sake 6 tbls honey 4 tbl lemon juice 1/2 cup sweet miso 4 tbl soy sauce 2 tbl minced ginger.
Shiitake mushrooms, caps only, sliced thin 1/3 cup minced onion shallot 2 tbs.
1 shallot or small onion, minced.
Or add 1/4 pound cooked minced chicken, pork, shrimp or roasted duck to the filling.
Jalapeños, minced 1 1 /2 tsp.
1/4 teaspoon finely minced garlic.
Minced, peeled garlic 1½ tsp.
Minced fresh ginger root 1/8 tsp.
Juliet Jones did not mince words during a timeout.
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In science:

The C -minimal tiling of P (which we denote by MinC (P )) is the tiling associated with the filling of s obtained by starting from Min(T ) and adding all the cubes in the parallelepiped defined by the diagonal (s, C ).
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
Minc) Suppose X is a plane continuum such that for each x, y ∈ X there is a weakly chainable subcontinuum of X containing both x and y .
Problems from Topology Proceedings
Minc) Does there exist an hereditarily indecomposable continuum which is homogeneous with respect to continuous surjections but not homogeneous with respect to homeomorphisms? Notes.
Problems from Topology Proceedings
Piotr Minc, A hereditarily indecomposable tree-like continuum without the fixed point property, Trans.
Problems from Topology Proceedings
Must a nonseparating plane continuum with only arcs for proper subcontinua have the fixed-point property? In 1990 Minc proved C is not weakly chainable (a continuous image of a chainable continuum).
Problems from Topology Proceedings
Minc in 1999 defined a weakly chainable tree-like continuum that does not have the fixed-point property.
Problems from Topology Proceedings
Zbl 0603.54035. Piotr Minc, A fixed point theorem for weakly chainable plane continua, Trans.
Problems from Topology Proceedings
Minc and Rogers constructed even more homogeneous, aposyndetic curves.
Problems from Topology Proceedings
Pra js’ example is constructed as an inverse limit of Menger curves and covering maps; the maps, however, are chosen differently than those in the examples of Rogers and of Minc and Rogers.
Problems from Topology Proceedings
Type 1: locally connected Type 2: aposyndetic, not locally connected Only known examples are of Case, Rogers, Minc & Rogers, Pra js.
Problems from Topology Proceedings
The examples of Case, Rogers, Minc & Rogers, and Pra js are the only examples known.
Problems from Topology Proceedings
Bregman resolved the Minc conjecture and proved a tight upper bound on the permanent of a zero-one matrix with given row sums.
An upper bound for permanents of nonnegative matrices
The following conjecture generalizes the Minc conjecture.
An upper bound for permanents of nonnegative matrices
We conclude the introduction by stating a conjecture which is a common generalization of both Minc’s conjecture and Conjecture 1.1.
An upper bound for permanents of nonnegative matrices
It is straightforward to check that for zero-one matrices this conjecture is equivalent to the Minc conjecture.
An upper bound for permanents of nonnegative matrices
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