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iti

1. (stative) be small, unimportant, little, minute, tiny, diminutive, petite, trivial, insignificant.

Me whakaako i te wā e iti ana kia heru, kia paraihe i ō rātou māhunga (TTT 1/4/1923:2). / They should be taught to comb and brush their hair when they are small.

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2. (stative) be few, limited number.

He iti ngā tuna nunui (HP 1991:27). / There were few large eels.

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3. (noun) unimportant thing, unimportant person.

He tangata atawhai nui ia ki te tāpae kai ki ngā tāngata katoa me ka tae ki tōna kāinga; e kore rawa hoki e tukua e ia te tira manuhiri kia haere ana, āpānoa kia takoto he hākari māna ki ia tangata ki ia tangata o rātou, te iti me te rahi (TWMNT 21/4/1874:95). / He was a generous person who provided food to everybody if they visited his village; he would never ever let a party of visitors leave until he had laid out a feast for each person, whether of lowly status or of importance.

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4. (noun) minimum.

iti iho

1. (stative) smaller, less, fewer.

E ai ki te kōrero a te whānau, kāre i iti iho i te tokoiwa ngā wāhine, tokorua ngā tāne (TTR 1996:100). / According to family information, there were no fewer than nine girls and two boys.

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kāpara iti

1. (loan) (noun) lance corporal.

Nō Oketopa, i whakatūria a ia hei kāpara iti mō te rōpū kōpapa tohu hiato (TTR 2000:160). / In October he was promoted to lance corporal for the Composite Signal Depot.

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kopa iti

1. (noun) floor space and corner on the left on entering a wharenui - normally the place where the local people of the marae sit or sleep.

Ka tomo atu a Māhinārangi tika tonu ki te kopa iti i te taha mauī o taua whare, ka noho atu ki te taha o tōna matua (TAH 3:20). / Māhinārangi entered and went straight to the front left-hand corner of the house and sat down beside her father.

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See also tara iti

tara iti

1. (noun) floor space on the left on entering a meeting house.

Ka haria mai e te manuhiri ā rātou kawenga ki roto i te wharenui. Ko rātou ki te tara nui o te whare moe ai, ko te tangata whenua ki te tara iti (TWK 46:13). / The visitors take their luggage into the meeting house. They sleep on the right side on entering a meeting house, the local people are on the left side.

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tara iti

1. (noun) fairy tern, Sterna nereis, little tern, Sterna albifrons - a very small tern uncommon in Aotearoa/New Zealand. The fairy tern is a rare native and the little tern an uncommon asian migrant.

See also tara teoteo

huinga iti

1. (noun) subset (maths).

Mēnā kei roto ngā huānga katoa o tētahi huinga i tētahi huinga nui ake, ka kīia he huinga iti tētahi, he huinga nui tētahi. Ko te ⊂ hei tohu i te huinga iti, ko te ⊃ hei tohu i te huinga nui. Hei tauira: A = {1, 2, 3} E = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8} Hei huinga iti te A ki te E (A ⊂ E). Hei huinga nui te E ki te A (E ⊃ A) (TRP 2010:128). / If all the elements are in a larger set, it is called a subset and the other is a superset. The symbol ⊂ is for a subset, the symbol ⊃ s for a superset. For example: A = {1, 2, 3} E = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8} where A to E (A ⊂ E) is a subset. E to A (E ⊃ A) is a superset.

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wāhi iti

1. (noun) almost, within a little.


2. (noun) small part, small portion.

I te tau 1867, ka whakakorea te raupatu hāunga tētahi wāhi iti nei, i uru atu ai ētahi maramara o te poraka o Kauhouroa (TTR 1998:214). / In 1867 the confiscation had been withdrawn, save for a relatively small area, which included portions of the Kauhouroa block.

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3. (noun) minor, slight.

He wāhi iti nei ngā whakatikatika i ngā kupu o te waiata nei kia hāngai ai ki te kaupapa a Ngāti Ruanui (M 2004:366). / There have been some minor alterations in the text to make it agree with the Ngāti Ruanui version.

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whetūao iti

1. (noun) asteroid.

iti kahurangi

1. (noun) something of great value.

Whāia e koe te iti kahurangi; ki te tuohu koe, me maunga teitei (RR 1974:61). / Pursue your treasured aspirations and if you falter let it be only to insurmountable difficulties.

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wahine iti

1. (noun) concubine.

Na kua pūremu tana wahine iti, a mawehe atu ana i a ia ki te whare o tōna pāpā, ki Peterehema Hura (PT Kaiwhakariterite 19:2). / And his concubine played the whore against him, and went away from him unto her father's house to Beth–lehem–judah.

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tāhū iti

1. (noun) subplot.

Ko te tāhū iti, arā, he mahi kē atu e haere ana i te paki engari he iti ake i te tāhū matua (RMR 2017). / The subplot is a separate activity that goes along in the story but it is less significant than the main plot.

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ngutu iti

1. (noun) calabashes for preserved birds.

Kia maoa rawa ngā manu, kia uru ki te ngutu iti, ka whakarērea ngā tauwhara (Tr 1906:166). / When the birds were cooked they were put into the calabashes for preserved birds, but the odd numbers left over were rejected.

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āhuarangi iti

1. (noun) microclimate.

pūtea iti

1. (noun) petty cash, family budget.

Hāunga anō, i runga tonu i tana pai ki te whakahaere i te pūtea iti a te whānau, ā, ahakoa ngā uaua o tērā wā, tokowhitu rawa āna tamariki i tae ki te kura tuarua (TTR 2000:89). / Yet she managed the family budget so well that, despite difficulties of that time, seven of her children went to secondary school.

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taki iti

1. (noun) off beat.

kōpiro iti

1. (noun) small intestine.

Tae atu ki te ono mita te roa o te kōpiro iti o te tangata (RP 2009:349). / The small intestine in humans reaches six metres in length.

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aorangi iti

1. (noun) asteroid.

Ko te aorangi iti: He maramara toka e amio ana i te rā. Ko te nuinga e noho mai ana i te ātea i waenganui i ngā aorangi o Matawhero me Pareārau (RP 2009:167). / An asteroid: A piece of rock which is orbit around the sun, mostly in the area between Mars and Jupiter (RP 2009:167).

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kōkō iti

1. (noun) youngest child.

Ko Pita tā māua mātāmua, ko Māia te kōkō iti. / Peter is our eldest child and Māia is the youngest.

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iti haere

1. (verb) to diminish, dwindle, shrink.

Erangi, ahakoa e iti haere ana te rahi me te awe o te Kīngitanga, he nui ngā āhuatanga e whakaatu mai ana kua huri haere kē tōna āhua ki tērā o te rōpū ōkawa (TTR 1996:84). / But although the size and influence of the King Movement was shrinking, in many ways it was showing that it was changing to a more formal group.

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