adjective

  • 1[attributive] Extremely small.

    ‘a micro dining area’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Indeed, self-employment and entrepreneurship in small and micro enterprises is fast becoming a viable option.’
    • ‘It can be done with very tiny, micro devices these days - and they will get smaller and smaller.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An important aspect of the development is the use of local labour as well as small, medium and micro enterprises from the area.’
    • ‘Sexy does not have to mean stockings and suspenders or some feeble excuse for a top, with a teeny, weeny micro skirt.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We're also developing a dining space for between five and eight people, for micro supper clubs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are a lot of micro businesses in this area with one or two people and we need good communications.’
    • ‘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…’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For those of you not in the know, Steampunk is this teeny micro sci-fi genre.’
    • ‘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.’
    tiny, very small, minute, infinitesimal, minuscule, nanoscopic, nanosized, invisible to the naked eye
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    1. 1.1 Small-scale.
      ‘CO₂ emissions cannot be dealt with at the micro level’
      Often contrasted with macro
      • ‘Geographically accurate topographical maps with close contours to show the drainage pattern at micro level are not available.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The real problem, both at a macro and a micro level, according to me, is the plummeting sex ratio.’
      • ‘One has to view things at the macro and micro levels.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Irene, as it happened, loved this planet - at macro and micro levels.’
      • ‘I'd like to know how all this works at the micro level.’
      • ‘The government must thus take its role of an economic statesman and regulator seriously and stop nitpicking at micro levels.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But very rarely do we actually discuss issues at a micro level.’
      • ‘A resolution to this crisis requires a two-pronged approach that addresses both the macro and micro levels of the problem.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What from the top looks like sensible macroeconomic policy from the micro level - where businesses operate - it can seem like draconian overkill.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Give a bit more to the people who keep the country (at a macro level) or communities (at a micro level) running.’
      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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Pronunciation:

micro

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