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, Biology.
  1. a process in which an animal breed or plant cultivar is intentionally induced, as by selective breeding and genetic engineering, to produce a breed or cultivar that is significantly smaller than the original: bulldogs and commercial fruit trees are examples of organisms that have been subjected to dwarfing.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of dwarfing1

First recorded in 1620–30; dwarf ( def ) + -ing 1( def )

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Example Sentences

Ponies can live longer than horses and many strains of laboratory mice with dwarfing mutations live longer than their full-sized counterparts.

Development experts often call the industry the largest voluntary transfer of wealth from rich to poor, with the sums moved dwarfing aid budgets.

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Here their money goes much further, in some cases dwarfing the amount candidates themselves spend on their campaigns.

A gigantic backpack looms behind my head, dwarfing my 6-foot 3-inch frame.

It has already been explained that the dwarfing of the tree depends in a certain way on its well-regulated starvation.

These trees were picked out at random from various sources and very few of them were propagated on dwarfing stocks.

He had been trained to fear his brother, but now and then he resented the dwarfing to which he was continually subjected.

No State can make a law that can thus be executed without dwarfing for all time the morals of the white man in the South.

It is better that children should not have been born than to come into an inheritance of suffering and mental and moral dwarfing.





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