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Minimalist Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    minimalist adj
  1. of or relating to artistic minimalism
  2. advocating minimal reforms (as in government or politics) n
  3. a conservative who advocates only minor reforms in government or politics
  4. a practitioner or advocate of artistic minimalism

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Minimalist'


Minimalism is a way of making modern art or music that uses simple ideas, sounds or shapes. It was most popular in America in the 1960s and 1970s. There are many different kinds of minimalism. Sometimes a simple thing is repeated many times until it seems very complicated. Today minimalism can be used to talk about many things such as design, architecture (the art of designing buildings), poetry, and movies.

In music, minimalism is a way of composing classical music which became popular during the second half of the 20th century. It is a way of composing by using a simple idea which is repeated many times. A minimalist piece of music usually takes a short idea which may be a melodic or a rhythmic pattern. This idea is then repeated many times, but each time it changes slightly. Sometimes this may be done by two or more instruments which start off by playing their notes or chords together but, as one is going slightly faster than the other, they gradually become “out of sync” (not synchronized, i.e. not together), then eventually they catch up with one another again. Usually this music is tonal so that it is firmly in one key. A steady pulse is kept throughout the whole piece.

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  • Globe Trotting: Renovated Micro-Apartment is Perfect For Minimalist Elves
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  • 50 shades of black and a minimalist life in Tokyo. And how a Best of Japan holiday starts tomorrow.
    The last few weeks have been extremely busy, and not just because of a never-endingly eventful Travelife. In between planes, trains and cruise ships, I've been sorting out homes and lives in two countries at the same time.  No mean feat, by the way, in an already incredibly busy life . But I felt it was time for a major overhaul in two cities. Scroll down to Read more on this news related to 'Minimalist'
  • PHOTO: Jets' Michael Hutchinson sticks with minimalist approach for new goalie mask
    Though Winnipeg Jets goaltender Michael Hutchinson will surely start the season with the Jets, he isn't on a one-way contract for next season (his hybrid, two-year deal will guarantee him an NHL-level salary in 2015-16). Read more on this news related to 'Minimalist'

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