Definition of micro in English:



  • 1

    short for microcomputer
    • ‘The MMC micro can operate on either 3.3 volts or 1.8 volts, cutting power consumption up to one-sixth that of competing devices.’
    • ‘Thus we have exhibits of 1940s era toys, an exhibition of Churchill Memorabilia, a model railway exhibit, a museum on the history of computing - some minicomputer stuff - plus lots of 1970s vintage micros I hadn't seen for a while.’
    • ‘So it looks like veterans of early 80s micros could find their finely honed programming skills back in use.’
    • ‘This then allows the micro to send data via some lengthy USB cables and a hub (for the three of us) to a laptop.’
    • ‘It is therefore heartening to see a new state-of-the-art suite of micros to be used entirely for adult education, at Bunyan Upper School.’
    • ‘I have a real soft-spot for Elite, having played it for many nights on a BBC micro.’
    • ‘We want to reduce that burden and we are developing a separate code for micros that should be brought before cabinet before the end of [this month].’
    • ‘Jodrell Bank, the radio astronomy observatory in the UK, uses a BBC micro from the early 1980s to steer one of their smaller dishes which tracks a pulsar in the Crab nebula.’
    • ‘In my case, as with most PCIe motherboards, this is not an issue as unless it's a micro, there should be 2 PCI slots left over.’
  • 2

    short for microprocessor


  • 1[attributive] Extremely small.

    ‘a micro dining area’
    • ‘An important aspect of the development is the use of local labour as well as small, medium and micro enterprises from the area.’
    • ‘But the sale of the micro motorbikes could be far more widespread because they could be sold at markets or through newspaper ads where the seller is untraceable, Ms Foley added.’
    • ‘For those of you not in the know, Steampunk is this teeny micro sci-fi genre.’
    • ‘During the evening, Philosophy's ‘little’ woman shows off micro dresses in chiffon embroidered with little metallic circles to conceal excessive nudity.’
    • ‘He could feel the tiny micro movements in her fingers as she clung onto his back lovingly.’
    • ‘Human Settlements and Environment, acting under the sponsorship of the Jhabua District administration and zila panchayat is managing a micro watershed in this and other villages in the area.’
    • ‘We were presented with a plate piled high with cakes and tarts when we announced we had to leave before midnight and, thus furnished, we arrived at my mother's to have our micro NY Eve party - just the three of us.’
    • ‘It is perhaps a cliché, but it is the mark of a great writer that he succeeds in creating a recognisable world, a micro universe which carves out its own space and insists upon its siren like singularity…’
    • ‘But the various factorial combinations and gradations of these postures and micro expressions are so vast that cataloguing them is beyond the scope of the world of number and word.’
    • ‘Indeed, self-employment and entrepreneurship in small and micro enterprises is fast becoming a viable option.’
    • ‘Sexy does not have to mean stockings and suspenders or some feeble excuse for a top, with a teeny, weeny micro skirt.’
    • ‘There are a lot of micro businesses in this area with one or two people and we need good communications.’
    • ‘A micro camera fixed on the bumper displays three different colours on the rear view mirror along with beep sounds that increases in intensity if one is getting too close to hitting something.’
    • ‘We're also developing a dining space for between five and eight people, for micro supper clubs.’
    • ‘It attracts Government funding through Business Link for Essex to give professional counselling and business planning training, for pre-start, start-up and micro businesses.’
    • ‘So far on call tonight, we had a kid who coded requiring chest compressions and intubation, a newborn double-outlet right ventricle who needed lines, and a micro preemie who needs to be tapped.’
    • ‘It can be done with very tiny, micro devices these days - and they will get smaller and smaller.’
    • ‘They have also developed affordable micro irrigation kits such as the bucket kit, drum kit and micro sprinklers suitable for kitchen gardens, nurseries, home gardens, etc.’
    • ‘He said there are also challenges in intervening in existing very small and micro enterprises, although these are less than for the previous type of intervention.’
    • ‘They were taken around different micro watershed areas, sholas and grasslands and shown the steps being taken by the Forest Department to conserve water resources.’
    tiny, very small, minute, infinitesimal, minuscule, nanoscopic, nanosized, invisible to the naked eye
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    1. 1.1Small-scale.
      ‘CO₂ emissions cannot be dealt with at the micro level’
      Often contrasted with macro
      • ‘A resolution to this crisis requires a two-pronged approach that addresses both the macro and micro levels of the problem.’
      • ‘The government must thus take its role of an economic statesman and regulator seriously and stop nitpicking at micro levels.’
      • ‘What from the top looks like sensible macroeconomic policy from the micro level - where businesses operate - it can seem like draconian overkill.’
      • ‘But what they don't understand is that there is another equally important factor or set of factors at the micro level which are so very difficult for anybody to get at.’
      • ‘Viewed at the micro level, this idea appears palatable to the pro-choicer because it is assumes that the choice to abort the child will not be selected in every pregnancy.’
      • ‘One of the most persistent bottleneck to growth in Zambia over the decades, particularly at the micro level has been the dearth of finance capital for re-investment.’
      • ‘On a micro level, the professionals to whom we meekly doffed our caps in the past have effectively been put in the dock: your local TD, priest, doctor, banker and now your trusty Garda.’
      • ‘It's all part of the same game, just down to the micro level, and reading your columns of late I would like to do whatever we can to give them a push.’
      • ‘Irene, as it happened, loved this planet - at macro and micro levels.’
      • ‘One has to view things at the macro and micro levels.’
      • ‘Anton suggested the new economic ministers meet local and foreign investors to understand the problems at the micro level.’
      • ‘Power infrastructure is also on the agenda, often on a micro level, supplementing the large scale civilian reconstruction effort.’
      • ‘Geographically accurate topographical maps with close contours to show the drainage pattern at micro level are not available.’
      • ‘Fundamental to the success of the Edinburgh-based Johnston Press and other UK regional operators has been the more aggressive approach to selling advertising space at a micro level.’
      • ‘Give a bit more to the people who keep the country (at a macro level) or communities (at a micro level) running.’
      • ‘But very rarely do we actually discuss issues at a micro level.’
      • ‘I'd like to know how all this works at the micro level.’
      • ‘The real problem, both at a macro and a micro level, according to me, is the plummeting sex ratio.’
      • ‘Having had no interest in analysing the economic scenario at the macro or the micro level, Biju is interested in examining the minute components of electronic gadgets.’
      • ‘At the micro level, there are a number of well-defined rules, set out in the Geneva Convention and other war crimes/war-fighting agreements.’
      minute, small-scale, scaled-down, mini, baby, toy, pocket, fun-size, petite, dwarfish, knee-high, miniature, minuscule, microscopic, nanoscopic, infinitesimal, micro, diminutive, pocket-sized, reduced, lilliputian
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