Runt vs Miniature - What's the difference?

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Runt is a related term of miniature.

As nouns the difference between runt and miniature

is that runt is the smallest animal of a litter, or, while miniature is greatly diminished size or form; reduced scale.

As an adjective miniature is

smaller than normal.

As a verb miniature is

to make smaller than normal; to reproduce in miniature.




(en noun)
  • The smallest animal of a litter, or,
  • The smallest child in the family, as in "the runt of the family."
  • Undersized or stunted plant, animal or person.
  • (computing) An Ethernet packet that does not meet the medium's minimum packet size of 64 bytes.
  • (typography) A single word (or portion of a hyphenated word) that appears as the last line of a paragraph.
  • A breed of pigeon related to the carrier pigeon.
  • (obsolete, UK, dialect) A hardened stem or stalk of a plant.
  • (Halliwell)
    Neither young poles nor old runts are durable. — Holland.


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    (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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