small person


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n small person a person of below average size
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  • Harry Emerson Fosdick
    “A person wrapped up in himself makes a small package.”
  • Steven Weinberg
    Steven Weinberg
    “An expert is a person who avoids the small errors while sweeping on to the grand fallacy.”
  • Jean De La Bruyere
    “A position of eminence makes a great person greater and a small person less.”
  • Saying
    “Knowledge, humbles a great person, astonishes the common, and puffs up the small.”
  • Jose Ortega Y Gasset
    “For the person for whom small things do not exist, the great is not great.”


In literature:

These stamps represent short-time loans to the government which are so small that practically every person is able to invest in them.
"A School History of the Great War" by Albert E. McKinley, Charles A. Coulomb, and Armand J. Gerson
The small person in the striped coat whirled and faced Peter with snapping eyes.
"Mother West Wind "Where" Stories" by Thornton W. Burgess
This chief clerk was an amiable rather ladylike person, with small hands and feet and well-arranged curly hair.
"Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland" by Joseph Tatlow
The centralisation of population has the same influence upon the same persons, whether it affects them in a great city or a small factory.
"The Condition of the Working-Class in England in 1844 with a Preface written in 1892" by Frederick Engels
Many of the farmers in a small way earned thus, in a few weeks, sufficient means to supplement their own modest personal income.
"History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 3 (of 12)" by G. Maspero
Small children breathe more rapidly than grown persons.
"First Book in Physiology and Hygiene" by J.H. Kellogg
Mix well and use for four oyster cocktails, allowing five small oysters per person.
"Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book" by Mary A. Wilson
I have seen in this country small rafts made to carry one person, which are very well contrived.
"A Narrative of the Expedition to Dongola and Sennaar" by George Bethune English
A small person may dress in light colors which would be simply ridiculous on a person of larger proportions.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
If the person is dyspeptic the non-gaseous water should be used in small doses.
"Saratoga and How to See It" by R. F. Dearborn

In poetry:

For there was nothing base or small
Or craven in his soul's broad plan;
Forgiving all things personal,
He hated only wrong to man.
"Sumner" by John Greenleaf Whittier
There was an Old Person of Dutton,
Whose head was as small as a button,
So, to make it look big,
He purchased a wig,
And rapidly rushed about Dutton.
"Limerick: There was an Old Person of Dutton" by Edward Lear
There was a young person whose history
Was always considered a mystery.
She sate in a ditch,
Although no one knew which,
And composed a small treatise on history.
"Limerick: There was a young person whose history" by Edward Lear
Permit not thou one servant of them all,
To swear by his Creator's holy name —
Or give that person, whether great or small,
Due and condign correction for the same.
"Advice To Ev'ry Master Of A Family, To Govern His House In A Religious Manner" by Rees Prichard
There was an Old Person of Chester,
Whom several small children did pester;
They threw some large stones,
Which broke most of his bones,
And displeased that Old Person of Chester.
"Limerick:There was an Old Person of Chester" by Edward Lear
Then rose a pallid man--a man sick with fever and ague;
Small was he, and his step was tremulous, weak, and uncertain;
Slowly a Derringer drew, and covered the person of Thompson;
Said in his feeblest pipe, "I'm a Bald-headed Snipe of the Valley."
"Thompson Of Angels" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

Authorities are investigating how a single-engine aircraft went down west of Loveland, killing one person and causing a small grass fire.
The Federal Aviation Administration says one person is dead after a small, home- built plane crashed into a field in the northern Illinois town of South Beloit.
This small, quiet, personal restaurant serves up quality Mexican food.
One small-town New Jersey mayor decided that saving his personal stash of ice cream was more important than providing power to local residents.
This two seater actually has an option for a third, albeit small, person too.
Bring your own message or small trinket to further personalize your holiday cracker .
A person was taken to the hospital Monday night after a car crashed into a small business along US 52 near Kermit, Wayne County 911 dispatchers tell
During the program, the chamber named Warren Snell as its Small Business Person of the Year.
Maine is the kind of small place where a single person can make a big impact.
At some small colleges, for instance, one person in the admissions office oversees all data and signs off on the numbers.
When Kory Kallenbach was hit by a car this past September, the only hope police had of finding the person responsible was a small paint chip.
Whether it is a small personal irritation, or an international political snafu, it increases in importance the more attention it is given.
One person has died in the crash of a small plane near Milford in northwest Iowa.
The other person had a small scratch on her elbow, reports stated.
Differentiate small group training from group fitness and personal training.

In science:

This work fits into a larger research agenda on Personal Space of Information (PSI), pervasive computing and the use of small form-factor wearables such as the SenseCam.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
DLV could solve only instances of small size (up to 16 persons – 4 tables, 4 seats per table), w hile DLVA could solve significantly larger instances in reasonable time.
Design and Implementation of Aggregate Functions in the DLV System
This is only a small personal selection of the vast questionings concerning Lamplighter Random Walks.
Lamplighter Random Walks and Entropy-Sensitivity of Languages
Menger calls this a “slightly modified game”, presumably because, like the original game A, it offers large payouts with small probabilities, and claims: “.. it is obvious that, even in the modified Petersburg Game, no normal person would risk his total fortune or a substantial amount”, p. 217–218.
Menger 1934 revisited
It is well-known for about 40 years that the mean degree of separation of humans (the mean number of people needed to bind two randomly chosen persons via a chain of acquaintance) is surprisingly small, it takes the value about six.
On computation of clustering coefficient in a class of random networks