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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Dwindle \Dwin"dle\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Dwindled}; p. pr. & vb.
      n. {Dwindling}.] [From OE. dwinen to languish, waste away,
      AS. dw[c6]nan; akin to LG. dwinen, D. dwijnen to vanish,
      Icel. dv[c6]na to cease, dwindle, Sw. tvina; of uncertain
      origin. The suffix -le, preceded by d excrescent after n, is
      added to the root with a diminutive force.]
      To diminish; to become less; to shrink; to waste or consume
      away; to become degenerate; to fall away.
  
               Weary sennights nine times nine Shall he dwindle, peak
               and pine.                                                --Shak.
  
               Religious societies, though begun with excellent
               intentions, are said to have dwindled into factious
               clubs.                                                   --Swift.
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