Definitions for: Dwarf


[n] a legendary creature resembling a tiny old man; lives in the depths of the earth and guards buried treasure
[n] a person who is abnormally small
[adj] atypically small; "dwarf tree"; "dwarf star"
[v] cast a shadow



Webster (1913) Definition: Dwarf, n.; pl. Dwarfs. [OE. dwergh, dwerf, dwarf, AS.
dweorg, dweorh; akin to D. dwerg, MHG. twerc, G. zwerg, Icel.
dvergr, Sw. & Dan. dverg; of unknown origin.]
An animal or plant which is much below the ordinary size of
its species or kind; especially, a diminutive human being.

Note: During the Middle Ages dwarfs as well as fools shared
the favor of courts and the nobility.

Note: Dwarf is used adjectively in reference to anything much
below the usual or normal size; as, dwarf tree; dwarf
honeysuckle.

Dwarf elder (Bot.), danewort.

Dwarf wall (Arch.), a low wall, not as high as the story of
a building, often used as a garden wall or fence. --Gwilt.


Dwarf, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dwarfed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Dwarfing.]
To hinder from growing to the natural size; to make or keep
small; to stunt. --Addison.

Even the most common moral ideas and affections . . .
would be stunted and dwarfed, if cut off from a
spiritual background. --J. C.
Shairp.


Dwarf, v. i.
To become small; to diminish in size.

Strange power of the world that, the moment we enter
it, our great conceptions dwarf. --Beaconsfield.

Synonyms: dwarfish, gnome, little, midget, nanus, overshadow, shadow, small

See Also: Andvari, command, dominate, faerie, faery, fairy, hypoplastic dwarf, Nibelung, normal dwarf, overlook, overtop, primordial dwarf, small person, sprite, true dwarf

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