Definitions for: Small

[n] a garment size for a small person
[n] the slender part of the back
[adv] on a small scale; "think small"
[adj] made to seem smaller or less (especially in worth); "her comments made me feel small"
[adj] limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent; "a little dining room"; "a little house"; "a small car"; "a little (or small) group"; "a small voice"
[adj] limited in size or scope; "a small business"; "a newspaper with a modest circulation"; "small-scale plans"; "a pocket-size country"
[adj] (of a voice) faint; "a little voice"; "a still small voice"
[adj] lowercase; "little a"; "small a"; "e.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters"
[adj] too small to be seen except under a microscope
[adj] not large but sufficient in size or amount; "a modest salary"; "modest inflation"; "helped in my own small way"
[adj] not fully grown; "what a big little boy you are"; "small children"
[adj] have fine or very small constituent particles; "a small misty rain"
[adj] low or inferior in station or quality; "a humble cottage"; "a lowly parish priest"; "a modest man of the people"; "small beginnings"

Webster (1913) Definition: Small (sm[add]l), a. [Compar. Smaller; superl.
Smallest.] [OE. small, AS. sm[ae]l; akin to D. smal narrow,
OS. & OHG. smal small, G. schmal narrow, Dan. & Sw. smal,
Goth. smals small, Icel. smali smal cattle, sheep, or goats;
cf. Gr. mh^lon a sheep or goat.]
1. Having little size, compared with other things of the same
kind; little in quantity or degree; diminutive; not large
or extended in dimension; not great; not much;
inconsiderable; as, a small man; a small river.

To compare Great things with small. --Milton.

2. Being of slight consequence; feeble in influence or
importance; unimportant; trivial; insignificant; as, a
small fault; a small business.

3. Envincing little worth or ability; not large-minded; --
sometimes, in reproach, paltry; mean.

A true delineation of the smallest man is capable of
interesting the greatest man. --Carlyle.

4. Not prolonged in duration; not extended in time; short;
as, after a small space. --Shak.

5. Weak; slender; fine; gentle; soft; not loud. ``A still,
small voice.'' --1 Kings xix. 12.

Great and small,of all ranks or degrees; -- used especially
of persons. ``His quests, great and small.'' --Chaucer.

Small arms, muskets, rifles, pistols, etc., in distinction
from cannon.

Small beer. See under Beer.

Small coal.
(a) Little coals of wood formerly used to light fires.
(b) Coal about the size of a hazelnut, separated from the
coarser parts by screening.

Small craft (Naut.), a vessel, or vessels in general, of a
small size.

Small fruits. See under Fruit.

Small hand, a certain size of paper. See under Paper.

Small hours. See under Hour.

Small letter. (Print.), a lower-case letter. See
Lower-case, and Capital letter, under Capital, a.

Small piece, a Scotch coin worth about 21/4d. sterling, or
about 41/2cents.

Small register. See the Note under 1st Register, 7.

Small stuff (Naut.), spun yarn, marline, and the smallest
kinds of rope. --R. H. Dana, Jr.

Small talk, light or trifling conversation; chitchat.

Small wares (Com.), various small textile articles, as
tapes, braid, tringe, and the like. --M`Culloch.

Small, adv.
1. In or to small extent, quantity, or degree; little;
slightly. [Obs.] ``I wept but small.'' --Chaucer. ``It
small avails my mood.'' --Shak.

2. Not loudly; faintly; timidly. [Obs. or Humorous]

You may speak as small as you will. --Shak.

Small, n.
1. The small or slender part of a thing; as, the small of the
leg or of the back.

2. pl. Smallclothes. [Colloq.] --Hood. Dickens.

3. pl. Same as Little go. See under Little, a.

Small, v. t.
To make little or less. [Obs.]

Synonyms: atomic, atomlike, bantam, belittled, bittie, bitty, decreased, diminished, diminutive, dinky, dwarf, dwarfish, elfin, elflike, fine, gnomish, half-size, humble, immature, inferior, infinitesimal, itsy-bitsy, itty-bitty, least, lesser, lilliputian, limited, little, littler, littlest, low, lowercase, lowly, micro, microscopic, microscopical, midget, miniature, miniscule, minor, minuscule, minute, moderate, modest, petite, pocket-size, pocket-sized, puny, reduced, runty, shrimpy, slender, slim, smaller, smallest, smallish, small-scale, soft, subatomic, subgross, teensy, teensy-weensy, teentsy, teeny, teeny-weeny, tiny, undersize, undersized, wee, weensy, weeny, young

Antonyms: big, big, large, macroscopic, macroscopical

See Also: back, body part, dorsum, size

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