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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

MIC'ROCOSM, n. [Gr. small, and world.] Literally, the little world; but used for man, supposed to be an epitome of the universe or great world.
Microcosmic salt,a triple salt of soda, ammonia and phosphoric acid, obtained from urine.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a miniature model of something

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin microcosmus, modification of Greek mikros kosmos Date: 15th century 1. a little world; especially the human race or human nature seen as an epitome of the world or the universe 2. a community or other unity that is an epitome of a larger unity microcosmic adjective microcosmically adverb

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 (often foll. by of) a miniature representation. 2 mankind viewed as the epitome of the universe. 3 any community or complex unity viewed in this way. Derivatives: microcosmic adj. microcosmically adv. Etymology: ME f. F microcosme or med.L microcosmus f. Gk mikros kosmos little world

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Microcosm Mi"cro*cosm, n. [F. microcosme, L. microcosmus, fr. Gr. mikro`s small + ko`smos the world.] A little world; a miniature universe. Hence (so called by Paracelsus), a man, as a supposed epitome of the exterior universe or great world. Opposed to macrocosm. --Shak.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(microcosms) A microcosm is a small society, place, or activity which has all the typical features of a much larger one and so seems like a smaller version of it. (FORMAL) Kitchell says the city was a microcosm of all American culture during the '60s... N-COUNT: oft N of n, also in N

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Little world, little cosmos. 2. Epitome of the universe, man. 3. Little community, little society, the world in little, the world in miniature.



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