Miniature vs Microscopic - What's the difference?

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Miniature is a related term of microscopic.

As adjectives the difference between miniature and microscopic

is that miniature is smaller than normal while microscopic is microscopic.

As a noun miniature

is greatly diminished size or form; reduced scale.

As a verb miniature

is to make smaller than normal; to reproduce in miniature.



(en noun)
  • Greatly diminished size or form; reduced scale.
  • A small version of something; a model of reduced scale.
  • There was a miniature of a whaling ship in a glass bottle over the mantlepiece.
  • A small, highly detailed painting, a portrait miniature.
  • The art of painting such highly detailed miniature works.
  • An illustration in an illuminated manuscript.
  • A musical composition which is short in duration.
  • Sacha composed a miniature for strings as a final project at the conservatory.
  • (gaming) A token in a game representing a unit or character.
  • Jack had dozens of miniatures of Napoleonic footsoldiers painted in detailed period regalia for his wargames.
  • Lettering in red; rubric distinction.
  • A particular feature or trait.
  • (Massinger)

    Derived terms

    * miniaturist


    (en adjective)
  • Smaller than normal.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-09-06, author= Alok Jha
  • , volume=189, issue=13, page=39, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Miniature brains grown in lab , passage=Scientists have grown miniature human brains in test tubes, creating a "tool" that will allow them to watch how the organs develop in the womb and, they hope, increase their understanding of neurological and mental problems. ¶ Just a few millimetres across, the "cerebral organoids" are built up of layers of brain cells with defined regions that resemble those seen in immature, embryonic brains.}}

    Derived terms

    * miniature poodle * miniaturism


  • To make smaller than normal; to reproduce in miniature.
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    (en adjective)
  • Of, or relating to microscopes or microscopy; microscopal.
  • We supply all microscopic stains and other materials.
  • So small that it can only be seen using a microscope.
  • The water was full of microscopic organisms.
  • Very small; minute
  • Compared to the galaxy, we are microscopic in scale.
  • Carried out with great attention to detail.
  • The police carried out a microscopic search of the crime scene.
  • Able to see extremely minute objects.
  • Why has not man a microscopic eye? — Alexander Pope.


    * See also


    * macroscopic

    See also

    * naked-eye