small

Definitions

  • the Court of The Small Temple
    the Court of The Small Temple
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj small made to seem smaller or less (especially in worth) "her comments made me feel small"
    • adj small 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"
    • adj small limited in size or scope "a small business","a newspaper with a modest circulation","small-scale plans","a pocket-size country"
    • adj small (of a voice) faint "a little voice","a still small voice"
    • adj small lowercase "little a","small a","e.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters"
    • adj small not large but sufficient in size or amount "a modest salary","modest inflation","helped in my own small way"
    • adj small slight or limited; especially in degree or intensity or scope "a series of death struggles with small time in between"
    • adj small (of children and animals) young, immature "what a big little boy you are","small children"
    • adj small have fine or very small constituent particles "a small misty rain"
    • adj small low or inferior in station or quality "a humble cottage","a lowly parish priest","a modest man of the people","small beginnings"
    • adv small on a small scale "think small"
    • n small a garment size for a small person
    • n small the slender part of the back
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Showing small number of windows and statuary on roof Showing small number of windows and statuary on roof
Thumbling getting small Thumbling getting small
A small group gather round a cauldron in the woods A small group gather round a cauldron in the woods
A cluster of small houses with a church in the background A cluster of small houses with a church in the background
TWO MEN SAT BY A SMALL WOOD FIRE TWO MEN SAT BY A SMALL WOOD FIRE
Building a small boat at Jamestown about 1650. (Painting by Sidney E. King.) Building a small boat at Jamestown about 1650. (Painting by Sidney E. King.)
Cultivating a small garden in Virginia. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) Cultivating a small garden in Virginia. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
small cakes and coffee urn small cakes and coffee urn

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The small intestine in the human body is about 2 inches around, and 22 feet long
    • Small Being of slight consequence; feeble in influence or importance; unimportant; trivial; insignificant; as, a small fault; a small business.
    • Small 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."
    • Small 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 ."
    • Small In or to small extent, quantity, or degree; little; slightly. "I wept but small .""It small avails my mood."
    • Small Not loudly; faintly; timidly. "You may speak as small as you will."
    • Small Not prolonged in duration; not extended in time; short; as, after a small space.
    • Small Same as Little go. See under Little a.
    • Small Smallclothes.
    • Small The small or slender part of a thing; as, the small of the leg or of the back.
    • v. t Small To make little or less.
    • Small Weak; slender; fine; gentle; soft; not loud. "A still, small voice."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The city of Venice stands on about 120 small islands.
    • small Slender; thin; narrow.
    • small Little in size; not great or large; of less than average or ordinary dimensions; diminutive.
    • small Little or inferior in degree, quantity, amount, duration, number, value, etc.; short (in time or extent); narrow, etc.
    • small Low, as applied to station, social position, etc.
    • small Being of little moment, weight, or importance; trivial; insignificant; petty; trifling: as, it is a small matter or thing; a small subject.
    • small Of little genius, ability, or force of character; petty; insignificant.
    • small Containing little of the principal quality, or little strength; weak: as, small beer.
    • small Thin: applied to tones or to the voice. Fine; of a clear and high sound; treble.
    • small Gentle; soft; faint; not loud.
    • small Characterized by littleness of mind or character; evincing little worth; narrow-minded; sordid; selfish; ungenerous; mean; base; unworthy.
    • small Having little property; carrying on a business on a small scale.
    • small Meager in quantity, as a body of water: an anglers' epithet: as, the water is too small to use the fly.
    • small Noting the condition of the cutting edge of a saw as condensed by hammering: same as tight.
    • small Unostentatiously; without pretension.
    • small Synonyms Smaller, Fewer (see less), tiny, puny, stunted, Lilliputian, minute.
    • small Inconsiderable, unimportant, slender, scanty, moderate, paltry, slight, feeble.
    • small Shallow. See pettiness.
    • small Illiberal, stingy, scrimping.
    • n small A small thing or quantity; also, the small or slender part of a thing: as, the small of the leg or of the back; specifically, the smallest part of the trunk of a whale; the tapering part toward, near, or at the base of the flukes.
    • n small plural Same as small-clothes.
    • n small plural The “little go,” or previous examination: as, to be plucked for smalls.
    • n small plural In coal-mining, same as small coal (see above).
    • n small plural In metal-mining, ore mixed with gangue in particles of small size: a term used with various shades of meaning in certain districts of England.
    • small To make little or less; lessen.
    • small In a small quantity or degree; little.
    • small Low; in low tones; gently; timidly; also, in a shrill or high key.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The heart of a blue whale is the size of a small car. The tongue of a blue whale is as long as an elephant.
    • adj Small smawl little in quantity or degree: minute: not great: unimportant: ungenerous, petty: of little worth or ability: short: having little strength: gentle: little in quality or quantity
    • adv Small in a low tone; gently
    • adj Small inferior generally
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Quotations

  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “From small beginnings come great things.”
  • Eli Stanley Jones
    Eli Stanley Jones
    “We grow small trying to be great.”
  • James Phillips
    James Phillips
    “If you can't believe in God, chances are your God is too small.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Great doubts deep wisdom. Small doubts little wisdom.”
  • Scottish Proverb
    Scottish Proverb
    “Wink at small faults, for you have great ones yourself.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “A great man stands on God. A small man on a great man.”

Idioms

Big fish in a small pond - A big fish in a small pond is an important person in a small place or organisation.
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Don't sweat the small stuff - (USA) This is used to tell people not to worry about trivial or unimportant issues.
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Small beer - If something is small beer, it's unimportant.
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Small dog, tall weeds - This idiom is used to describe someone the speaker does not believe has the ability or resources to handle a task or job.
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Small fry - If someone is small fry, they are unimportant. The term is often used when the police arrest the less important criminals, but are unable to catch the leaders and masterminds.
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Small potatoes - Someone or something that is unimportant is small potatoes.
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Small-time - If a person or a thing is called 'small-time' it means they're inconsequential, not worth much, don't play in the 'big leagues', as in 'a small-time operator'.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. small, AS. smæl,; 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

Usage

In literature:

Moles live principally on earth-worms, snails, and small insects, though they are also said to devour frogs and small birds.
"Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon" by Robert A. Sterndale
He kept a small stock of goods on hand, which he bought for cash and sold in the same way for a small profit.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
After residing long at Cologne he travelled into Italy, where his landscapes, adorned with small figures, were greatly admired.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
This beautiful tableau is represented by eight small misses, eight small lads, and two young and pretty ladies.
"Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants" by James H. Head
Ostrau is a small town near the Oder, celebrated even as far as Poland for its gymnasium and its gingerbread.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
Peasant proprietorship is universal, the small freeholds averaging about 18 acres each.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
In the simplest animals which live in water, the body is only a small 'blob' of jelly, so small that the oxygen passes directly into the body.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
But now they noticed that over the mail-clerk's desk there had been fastened a small envelope.
"The Black Star Passes" by John W Campbell
Boys run begging after the carriage, and poor mothers with small infants in their arms beseech only a small coin.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
A large Tusayan doorway, with small transom openings 189 81.
"Eighth Annual Report" by Various
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In poetry:

We knew it, you and I,
We knew it all:
Still is the small the great,
The great the small;
""Face In The Tomb That Lies So Still"" by Richard Le Gallienne
Wisest of men, he knew
The languages of all
The creatures great or small
That trod the earth or flew.
"King Solomon and the Ants" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Around my head for ever
I hear small voices speak
In tongues I cannot follow,
I know not what they seek.
"The Man Who Trod On Sleeping Grass" by Dora Sigerson Shorter
There are holes in the sky
Where the rain gets in
But they're ever so small
That's why the rain is thin.
"There Are Holes In The Sky" by Spike Milligan
Ah, small things, ah, wee things,
Are the poets all,
Whose tour's the more azure
Because they're so small.
"A Question" by Francis Thompson
The still, small voice from Calvary
Cries "I did all this for thee,"
And from the ear of faith we hear,
"What art thou doing for me."
"The Easter Man" by Frank Barbour Coffin

In news:

Pino Gelato owner Ramona Fantini has been named Small Business Person of the Year Runner Up in South Carolina by the Small Business Administration.
The RevenueShares Small Cap ETF (RWJ) is also small ($114 million) and has fairly low volume.
The objective of the BMO Small Cap Growth Fund is first and foremost going to own a diversified portfolio of small-cap stocks, ones that we deem to be growth companies.
Bob doesn't sweat the small stuff - really by Bob Karolevitz I¹ve been told more than once not to sweat the small stuff .
Fred Small serves succulent meat smoked daily at his restaurant, Fred's Small Time Bar-B-Q.
There's nothing small about the big taste of Fred's Small Time Bar-B-Q.
Author, relationship coach and entrepreneur Tionna Smalls (Photo: Smalls ).
Joan Smalls Is New Global Spokesmodel for Estée Lauder Joan Smalls .
Jeffrey Smalls , CEO, Smalls Electrical Construction.
Scottsdale is encouraging small businesses and consumers to connect through the newly-created Small Business Saturday Scottsdale Facebook page.
Small is beautiful, no doubt, and ours is a fragmented world, so wildly complex that to concentrate on one small fragment of it at a time appears reasonable.
But small, for all its beauty, can sometimes seem merely small.
Paint pot that can be sealed shut, a small engine and a small air compressor.
We have seen constant abuse of small businesses as subcontractors , most notably large firms using small businesses to check boxes, win awards, then not provide what was promised.
It's good to bring a lot of small bills and change especially if you plan on making small purchases.
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In science:

Therefore, when y is made sufficiently small (e.g., by making q sufficiently small), Bekenstein’s conjectured bound for the definition of R, E , and S used here is violated.
Defining Entropy Bounds
For small learning rate η all of these angles are small, i.e. there is good agreement between the agents.
Predicting and generating time series by neural networks: An investigation using statistical physics
If p is small, typically, we expect the lattice to contain only small clusters.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
However, the variation is small if L is large, or the induced cosmological constant Λ is small.
Null Geodesics in Five Dimensional Manifolds
We note that mass variations are small if the induced cosmological constant is small.
Null Geodesics in Five Dimensional Manifolds
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