dwarf

Definitions

  • the Dwarf Khnumhotpu, Superintendent of The Royal Linen
    the Dwarf Khnumhotpu, Superintendent of The Royal Linen
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v dwarf check the growth of "the lack of sunlight dwarfed these pines"
    • v dwarf make appear small by comparison "This year's debt dwarfs that of last year"
    • n dwarf a plant or animal that is atypically small
    • n dwarf a legendary creature resembling a tiny old man; lives in the depths of the earth and guards buried treasure
    • n dwarf a person who is markedly small
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Additional illustrations & photos:

a Dwarf Playing With Cynocephali and A Tame Ibis a Dwarf Playing With Cynocephali and A Tame Ibis
The Dwarfs The Dwarfs
Dancing Dwarf Dancing Dwarf
Snowwhite and the Three Dwarfs Snowwhite and the Three Dwarfs
The Dwarfs were much frightened at seeing their dear little maid lying on the ground The Dwarfs were much frightened at seeing their dear little maid lying on the ground
The dwarf asks the girls to help free his beard The dwarf asks the girls to help free his beard
The dwarfs find the sleeping Snowdrop The dwarfs find the sleeping Snowdrop
Dwarf Polyantha. PERLE D'OR Dwarf Polyantha. PERLE D'OR

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Some of the other names that were thought of for the dwarfs in the Disney movie "Snow White" were Awful, Dirty, Shifty, Hotsy, and Jumpy
    • Dwarf A diminutive human being, small in stature due to a pathological condition which causes a distortion of the proportions of body parts to each other, such as the limbs, torso, and head. A person of unusually small height who has normal body proportions is usually called a midget.
    • Dwarf (Folklore) A small, usually misshapen person, typically a man, who may have magical powers; mythical dwarves were often depicted as living underground in caves.
    • Dwarf An animal or plant which is much below the ordinary size of its species or kind.
    • v. i Dwarf To become small; to diminish in size. "Strange power of the world that, the moment we enter it, our great conceptions dwarf ."
    • v. t Dwarf To hinder from growing to the natural size; to make or keep small; to stunt. "Even the most common moral ideas and affections . . . would be stunted and dwarfed , if cut off from a spiritual background."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Midgets and dwarfs almost always have normal-sized children, even if both parents are midgets or dwarfs.
    • n dwarf A person of very small size; a human being much below the ordinary stature. True dwarfs (some of the most celebrated of whom have teen from 3 to less than 2 feet in height) are usually well formed; but dwarfishness is often accompanied by deformity or caused by disproportion of parts. In ancient, medieval, and later times, dwarfs have been in demand as personal attendants upon ladies and noblemen; and the ancient Romans practised methods of dwarfing persons artificially.
    • n dwarf An animal or a plant much below the ordinary size of its species.
    • n dwarf In Scand. myth., a diminutive and generally deformed being, dwelling in rocks and hills, and distinguished for skill in working metals.
    • dwarf Of small stature or size; of a size smaller than that common to its kind or species: as, a dwaf palm; dwarf trees. Among gardeners dwarf is used to distinguish fruit-trees of which the branches spring from the stem near the ground from riders or standards, the original stocks of which are several feet in height.
    • dwarf To hinder from growing to the natural size; make or keep small; prevent the due development of; stunt.
    • dwarf To cause to appear less than reality; cause to look or seem small by comparison; as, the cathedral dwarfs the houses around it.
    • dwarf To become less; become dwarfish or stunted.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The 1st feature-length animated film, released by Disney Studios in 1937, was "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."
    • n Dwarf dwawrf an animal or plant that does not reach the ordinary height: a diminutive man
    • v.t Dwarf to hinder from growing: to make to appear small
    • adjs Dwarf like a dwarf: very small: despicable
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Quotations

  • Edwin Hubbel Chapin
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    “Bigotry dwarfs the soul by shutting out the truth.”
  • David Ogilvy
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    “If each of us hires people smaller than we are, we shall become a company of dwarfs.”
  • John Greenleaf Whittier
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    “How dwarfed against his manliness she sees the poor pretension, the wants, the aims, the follies, born of fashion and convention!”
  • George Herbert
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    “A dwarf on a giant's shoulders sees the further of the two.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. dwergh, dwerf, dwarf, AS. dweorg, dweorh,; akin to D. dwerg, MHG. twerc, G. zwerg, Icel. dvergr, Sw. & Dan. dverg,; of unknown origin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. dweorg; Dut. dwerg, Ice. dvergr, Ger. zwerg.

Usage

In literature:

Standing against the wall and blinking at the rutilant glare of the room, Goliath the dwarf waited nervously.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
The dwarf stands staring at the gold, dreaming what it would be to own the world.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
The dwarf grinned with delight, but, pointing a pistol at his head, I bade him be silent, and asked who was without.
"My Sword's My Fortune" by Herbert Hayens
Thus I and the dwarf had to battle with the three.
"The Birthright" by Joseph Hocking
Brandilancia started, although he knew that it was the custom of Italian princes to maintain dwarfs in their households.
"Romance of Roman Villas" by Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney
Johnson & Stokes say, in their catalogue for 1890, that their extra selected Early Dwarf Erfurt is distinct from the Early Dwarf Erfurt.
"The Cauliflower" by A. A. Crozier
The dwarf was the only one who deigned rejoinder.
"The Free Lances" by Mayne Reid
Oh, you wretched dwarf, I will never, never forgive you!
"The Lilac Fairy Book" by Andrew Lang
It was a full two hours before the hunter stopped and then they stood on a low hill covered but thinly with the dwarfed trees of that region.
"The Great Sioux Trail" by Joseph Altsheler
Some dwarfing process is employed, as they do not exceed ten inches in length when full grown.
"Due West" by Maturin Murray Ballou
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In poetry:

He bids the boy in slumber
"O dwarf, go up this hour,
And see if still the ravens
Are flying round the tower;
"Barbarossa" by Friedrich Ruckert
My parents bow, and lead them forth,
For all the crowd to see—
Ah well! the people might not care
To cheer a dwarf like me.
"The Ugly Princess" by Charles Kingsley
O Deep whose very silence stuns!
Where Light is powerless to illume
Lost in immensities of gloom
That dwarf to motes the flaring suns.
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
Oh, my youth was hot and eager,
And my heart was burning, burning,
And the present joy seemed meagre,
Dwarfed by that perpetual yearning.
"My Youth" by Gamaliel Bradford
The dwarfed Zacchaeus climbed a tree,
His humble stature set him high;
The Lord the little man did see
Who sought the great man passing by.
"Zacchaeus" by George MacDonald
With Dwarf and Hobbit, Elves and Men,
with mortal and immortal folk,
with bird on bough and beast in den,
in their own secret tongues he spoke.
"Frodo's Lament For Gandalf" by J R R Tolkien

In news:

Dwarf planet puzzles astronomers.
National Debt Interest Payments Dwarf Other Government Spending.
A prince, a dwarf and a birthday.
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales meets Peter Hambleton, who plays the Dwarf Gloin in the new 'Hobbit' film, at Weta Workshop on November 14, 2012 in Wellington, New Zealand.
Q&A With the Team Behind Red Dwarf X.
Red Dwarf X Premiere in London's Leicester Square.
Incumbents' fundraising continues to dwarf foes'.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—An organization that supports dwarfs is scheduled to hold a conference in Albuquerque.
Cargo flights will dwarf old military flights at Mather.
Dwarf tears up men's basketball league.
Dwarf Tossing for the Reality Show Age.
There are 13 dwarfs to choose from in "The Hobbit," which hits theaters in December.
What scientists have not fully understood is the identity of the white dwarf 's partner.
Some have suggested that mergers between white dwarfs can lead to these explosions.
But according to a new paper in the journal Science, the aged, puffy stars called red giants can also feed white dwarfs and cause supernovas.
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In science:

If more material is ejected from the white dwarf (via e.g. nova explosions or other outflows) than accreted, then clearly the white dwarf mass cannot increase.
A radio jet in the prototypical symbiotic star Z And?
While we did not find any unambiguous young clusters in the halo, we did discover lowredshift emission-line galaxies, metal-poor dwarf stars, white dwarfs and QSOs.
The Globular Cluster System of NGC 5128 I. Survey and Catalogs
Moreover, hydrodynamical simulations of dwarf galaxies moving through the hot, thin intergalactic medium in clusters (Mori & Burkert 2000) or groups (Marcolini et al. 2003) show that ram-pressure stripping can completely remove the ISM of a dwarf galaxy less massive than 109 M⊙ within a few 100 Myr.
Evidence for a warm ISM in Fornax dEs - II. FCC032, FCC206 and FCCB729
Yet another possibility is that dEs are related to other dwarf galaxies such as Blue Compact Dwarfs (BCDs).
Evidence for a warm ISM in Fornax dEs - II. FCC032, FCC206 and FCCB729
Also meeting these criteria are an additional white dwarf pair found recently by Scholz et al. (2001), and a red dwarf found by Pokorny et al. (2003), bringing the total sample to 25 ob jects.
The Solar Neighborhood X: New Nearby Stars in the Southern Sky and Accurate Photometric Distance Estimates for Red Dwarfs
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