Noah Webster's New International Dictionary of the English Language
1. (n.) Reduction in size, quantity, or degree; the act of diminishing, or of making or becoming less; state of being diminished; -- opposed to augmentation or increase.
2. (n.) The act of lessening dignity or consideration, or the state of being deprived of dignity; a lowering in estimation; degradation; abasement.
3. (n.) Omission, inaccuracy, or defect in a record.
4. (n.) In counterpoint, the imitation of, or reply to, a subject, in notes of half the length or value of those the subject itself.