Definition of By small degrees

1. Adverb. By a short distance. "They moved it by inches"

Exact synonyms: By Inches, Little By Little



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Lexicographical Neighbors of By Small Degrees

by means of
by memory
by mistake
by mouth
by nature
by no means
by one's lights
by one's own hand
by oneself
by owner
by rail
by right of office
by rights
by sail
by selection
by small degrees (current term)
by steam
by the Grace of God
by the book
by the by
by the bye
by the day
by the ears
by the hour
by the looks of things
by the numbers
by the piece
by the same token
by the skin of one's teeth
by the time

Literary usage of By small degrees

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1. The Harvard Classics by Charles William Eliot (1909)
"... even as the whole material world is not altogether: but the abolished parts are departed by small degrees, and the parts yet to come, do by the same ..."

2. The Works of Sir Walter Ralegh, Kt by Sir Walter Raleigh, Thomas Birch, William Oldys (1829)
"... even as the whole material world is not all together; but the abolished parts are departed by small degrees, and the parts yet to come do by the same ..."

3. Dizionario delle lingue italiana ed inglese by Giuseppe Marco Antonio Baretti (1807)
"... to take away by small degrees, softly, and cautiously, the parts of a thing from that thing itself. ..."

4. Prefaces and Prologues to Famous Books: With Introduction and Notes by William Caxton, Sir Walter Raleigh, Jean Calvin, Nicolaus Copernicus, John Knox, Edmund Spenser, Francis Bacon, John Heminge, Henry Condell, John Dryden, Henry Fielding, Samuel Johnson, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, William Wordsworth, Victor Hugo, Walt (1910)
"... even as the whole material world is not altogether: but the abolished parts are departed by small degrees, and the parts yet to come, do by the same ..."

5. The Readable Dictionary: Or, Topical and Synonymic Lexicon: Containing by John Williams (1860)
"Corrosion, the act of eating or wearing away by small degrees. quantities, after the manner of a beast (From swill, liquid food given to ewine. ..."

6. The Animal Kingdom Arranged in Conformity with Its Organization by Georges Cuvier, Edward Griffith, Charles Hamilton Smith, Edward Pidgeon, John Edward Gray, George Robert Gray (1830)
"The lateral angles of this edge ossify by small degrees, but always continue embodied with the rest of the cartilage, so that they cannot even be considered ..."

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