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.
--Gay.
(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

Try our:
Scrabble Word Finder

Scrabble Cheat

Words With Friends Cheat

Hanging With Friends Cheat

Scramble With Friends Cheat

Ruzzle Cheat



Related Resources:
animals starting with d
j letter animals