mince n : food chopped into small bits; "a mince of mushrooms"
1 make less severe or harsh; "He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears" [syn: soften, moderate]
2 walk daintily; "She minced down the street"
3 cut into small pieces; "mince the garlic"
- Rhymes: -ɪns
- Finely chopped meat.
- Finely chopped mixed fruit used in Christmas pies.
- A short, precise step.
- An affected manner.
finely chopped meat
short precise step
- Norwegian: tripping
- transitive cooking To cut into very small pieces; to chop fine.
- To suppress or weaken the force of; to extenuate; to palliate;
to tell by degrees, instead of directly and frankly; to clip, as
words or expressions; to utter half and keep back half of.
- I know no ways to mince it in love, but directly to say — "I love you." — Shakespeare
- To affect; to make a parade of.
- To walk with short steps; to walk in a prim, affected manner.
- To act or talk with affected nicety; to affect delicacy in manner.
Usage notesCurrent usage in the sense of "weaken the force of" is limited to the phrase "mince words"; e.g., "I won't mince words with you".
walk in short precise step
- Norwegian: trippe
Mincing is a cooking technique in which food ingredients are finely divided. The effect is to create a closely bonded mixture of ingredients and a soft or pasty texture. Flavoring ingredients with spices or condiments such as garlic, ginger, and fresh herbs may be minced to distribute flavor more evenly in a mixture. Additionally bruising of the tissue can release juices and oils to deliver flavors uniformly in a sauce. Mincemeat tarts and Pâtés employ mincing in the preparation of moldable paste. Meat is also minced and this cooking technique is used in Greek cuisine.
- Food preparation in the rain forest African Pygmies mincing of herbs
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