• Silkworm, natural size
    Silkworm, natural size
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj size (used in combination) sized "the economy-size package","average-size house"
    • v size make to a size; bring to a suitable size
    • v size sort according to size
    • v size cover or stiffen or glaze a porous material with size or sizing (a glutinous substance)
    • n size the property resulting from being one of a series of graduated measurements (as of clothing) "he wears a size 13 shoe"
    • n size the physical magnitude of something (how big it is) "a wolf is about the size of a large dog"
    • n size a large magnitude "he blanched when he saw the size of the bill","the only city of any size in that area"
    • n size the actual state of affairs "that's the size of the situation","she hates me, that's about the size of it"
    • n size any glutinous material used to fill pores in surfaces or to stiffen fabrics "size gives body to a fabric"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Immediately a genie of enormous size rose out of the earth Immediately a genie of enormous size rose out of the earth
A strange crowd of demons of all shapes and sizes A strange crowd of demons of all shapes and sizes
Oceanic compared to size of buildings Oceanic compared to size of buildings
Actual sizes of hooks Actual sizes of hooks

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The smallest known fish is the Pandaka Pygmea,about the size of an ant and almost transeparent.
    • Size A conventional relative measure of dimension, as for shoes, gloves, and other articles made up for sale.
    • Size A settled quantity or allowance. See Assize. "To scant my sizes ."
    • Size A thin, weak glue used in various trades, as in painting, bookbinding, paper making, etc.
    • Size (Univ. of Cambridge, Eng) An allowance of food and drink from the buttery, aside from the regular dinner at commons; -- corresponding to battel at Oxford.
    • Size An instrument consisting of a number of perforated gauges fastened together at one end by a rivet, -- used for ascertaining the size of pearls.
    • Size Any viscous substance, as gilder's varnish.
    • Size Extent of superficies or volume; bulk; bigness; magnitude; as, the size of a tree or of a mast; the size of a ship or of a rock.
    • Size Figurative bulk; condition as to rank, ability, character, etc.; as, the office demands a man of larger size . "Men of a less size and quality.""The middling or lower size of people."
    • n Size Six.
    • Size To adjust or arrange according to size or bulk.
    • Size (Mech) To bring or adjust anything exactly to a required dimension, as by cutting.
    • v. t Size To cover with size; to prepare with size.
    • Size To fix the standard of. "To size weights and measures."
    • Size (Univ. of Cambridge, Eng) To order food or drink from the buttery; hence, to enter a score, as upon the buttery book.
    • Size To sift, as pieces of ore or metal, in order to separate the finer from the coarser parts.
    • Size To swell; to increase the bulk of.
    • Size To take greater size; to increase in size. "Our desires give them fashion, and so,
      As they wax lesser, fall, as they size , grow."
    • Size To take the height of men, in order to place them in the ranks according to their stature.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Your brain will stop growing in size when you are about 15 years old.
    • n size A fixed rate regulating the weight, measure, price, or proportion of any article, especially food or drink; a standard. See assize, n., 2.
    • n size A specified or fixed amount of food and drink; a ration.
    • n size Hence, in university use, a charge made for an extra portion of food or drink; a farthing, as the former price of each portion. The word was also used more generally, to note any additional expense incurred.
    • n size A portion allotted by chance or fate; a share; a peculiar or individual allotment.
    • n size Grade of quality or importance; rank; class; degree; order.
    • n size Rate of dimension, whether linear, square, or solid; material proportions; relative magnitude; now the usual sense.
    • n size One of a regularly increasing series of dimensions used for manufactured articles which are bought ready-made; specifically, as used by shoemakers, one third of an inch in length.
    • n size Extent, or volume, or magnitude in other respects, as of time, sound, or effort.
    • n size plural A session of a court of justice; assizes. See assize, 6.
    • n size An implement for measuring pearls, consisting of a number of thin leaves pierced with holes of different diameters, and fastened together. The test is made by observing how many of the holes the pearl will pass through.
    • n size Synonyms Size, Magnitude, Bulk, Volume. Size is the general word for things large or small. In ordinary discourse magnitude applies to large things; but it is also an exact word, and is much used in science: as, a star of the fourth magnitude. Bulk suggests noticeable size, especially size rounding out into unwieldiness. Volume is a rather indefinite word, arising from the idea of rolling a thing up till it attains size, though with no especial suggestion of shape. We speak of the magnitude of a calamity or of a fortune, the bulk of a bale of cotton or of an elephant, the volume of smoke or of an avalanche.
    • size To regulate the weight, measure, extent, value, etc., of; fix the rate or standard of; assize.
    • size At Cambridge and other universities, to obtain (food or drink) in extra portions at a fixed rate of charge; hence, in general, to buy at a fixed rate; purchase.
    • size To supply with sizes; hence, to fill or otherwise affect by sizes or portions.
    • size To rate; rank.
    • size To estimate or ascertain the size of; measure; hence, by extension, to arrange in groups or ranks according to dimensions.
    • size To separate or sort according to size. Specifically
    • size At Cambridge and other universities, to give an order (for food or drink) over and above the usual commons: generally with for. Compare battel.
    • n size A gelatinous wash used by painters, by paper-manufacturers, and in many industrial arts It is made of the shreds and parings of leather, parchment, or vellum, boiled in water and purified; also from common glue, from potatoes, and from scraps and clippings of hides, horns, hoofs, etc. The finest is made in Russia from sturgeons' sounds or air-bladders, and is known as isinglass. That used for writing-paper is made of gelatin prepared from leather and parchment clippings. A clear solution of isinglass is used for sizing plate-paper intended to receive impressions in color. For printing-papers the usual size is a compound of alum and resin dissolved in a solution of soda, and combined with potato-starch. Starch alone is also used as a size. E. H. Knight.
    • n size A material resembling size, but of different origin, and used for its tenacity as a preparation for gilding and the like.
    • n size A glutinous printing-ink made to receive and retain the bronze-powder of gold or silver which is dusted on it.
    • n size In physiology, the buffy coat observed on the surface of coagulated blood in certain conditions.
    • n size In brickmaking, plasticity, as of the clay before burning.
    • size To cover with size; prepare with size; stiffen by means of size.
    • size To smear over with any substance acting like size: occurring chiefly in compounds.
    • size To render plastic: said of clay.
    • n size Same as sice.
    • size To cut or trim to the size required.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 85% of women wear the wrong bra size.
    • n Size sīz extent of volume or surface: magnitude: an allotted portion:
    • v.t Size to arrange according to size: at Cambridge, to buy rations at a certain fixed rate: to measure
    • v.i Size to increase in size
    • n Size sīz a kind of weak glue, used as varnish: any gluey substance
    • v.t Size to cover with size
    • ***


  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The size of a man is measured by the size of the thing that makes him angry.”
  • H. Ross Perot
    “If we did not have such a thing as an airplane today, we would probably create something the size of N.A.S.A. to make one.”
  • Harry Howell
    Harry Howell
    “It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, that counts.”
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
    “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it's the size of the fight in the dog.”
  • Mark Twain
    “It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”
  • Robert H. Schuller
    “You can often measure a person by the size of his dream.”


It's not the size of the dog in fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog - Usually refering to a small dog attacking a larger animal, this means that fierceness is not necessarily a matter of physical size, but rather mental/psychological attitude.
It's not the size of the man in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the man - This idiom means that determination is often more important than size, strength, or ability. ('It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.' is also used.)


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OIt. sisa, glue used by painters, shortened fr. assisa, fr. assidere, p. p. assiso, to make to sit, to seat, to place, L. assidere, to sit down; ad, + sidere, to sit down, akin to sedere, to sit. See Sit (v. i.), and cf. Assize Size bulk


In literature:

Yet to show at all he must be of great size, and that size has actually been found out by the most delicate experiments.
"The Children's Book of Stars" by G.E. Mitton
He noticed, presently, that the size-change pointers had stopped their movement; the ultimate size of the globe had been reached.
"The World Beyond" by Raymond King Cummings
The cotton used in the netting of these scollops, should be about the size of what is called third-sized purse twist.
"The Ladies' Work-Table Book" by Anonymous
In the negatives, the size of the grain increases its size, giving the plates a granulated appearance.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
The specimens should be as nearly uniform in size as possible.
"Trees of the Northern United States" by Austin C. Apgar
When the design reaches India, it has to be re-drawn to the exact size of the rug that is to be made.
"Rugs: Oriental and Occidental, Antique & Modern" by Rosa Belle Holt
And in its center lay a fragment of golden quartz the size of a walnut!
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
Size 00 is a good size for all flies including bucktails and streamers.
"How to Tie Flies" by E. C. Gregg
It would be better to have more of each size than to have more sizes.
"The Painter in Oil" by Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
We present, in the following cuts, a few of our best apples, in their usual size and form.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden

In poetry:

Since sails of largest size
The storm doth soonest tear;
I bear so low and small a sail
As freeth me from fear.
"Content and Rich" by Robert Southwell
Presse me not to take more pleasure
In this world of sugred lies,
And to use a larger measure
Than my strict, yet welcome size.
"The Rose" by George Herbert
What do you think of my sweetheart?
I shall not go any further;
Can you blame a boy my size because
He's dead in love with mother?
"My Sweetheart" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Though to each star they give a name,
Its size and motions teach;
The truths which all the stars proclaim,
Their wisdom cannot reach.
"The Book Of Creation" by John Newton
He seemed so strange to me, every way--
In manner, and form, and size,
From the boy I knew but yesterday,--
I could hardly believe my eyes!
"The Little Fat Doctor" by James Whitcomb Riley
They did their best; their hands eras'd
The thorns of greater strength and size;
Then 'mid the softer moss they plac'd
The exiled flower of paradise.
"The Progress Of The Rose" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

For a tasty burrito that's the size of an NFL football and is made with only the freshest ingredients, this Doral hot spot can't be beat.
Today, it was that a size 8 dress in the 1950s was a size 4 by the 1970s and is now a size 0.
The name comes from the size of these biscuits – the size of a cat's head.
Philip, a "B" size school, held its own against "A"-sized Central.
Do you ever wonder why they say the "average" size for a woman in America is a size 10/12.
Made from genuine 100% leather.XLarge - 3X Only Available Online Women's Size Chart for Corsets Size Bust Waist Low Waist Hip S 34"".
In one store, you're a Size 4, in another a Size 8, and in another a Size 10 — all without gaining an ounce.
Duck-sized horses or horse-sized duck.
Women sizes 20 and up, many of whom perhaps have been plus- size their entire lives, seem to be more likely to have accepted themselves physically and shop as frequently as single-digit sizes , according to WWD.
One problem is that plus- sizes are often considered a transient state, a shameful stop before heading back to smaller sizes .
Stars a few dress sizes shy of plus- size , like Lena Dunham and Mindy Kaling, have become known for their proudly curvy physiques, and Lady Gaga has unapologetically put on a few pounds.
Kim shares why you be cautious about the lure of super size deals and meals as they could super size your waistline.
Stars a few dress sizes shy of plus- size , such as Lena Dunham and Mindy Kaling, have become known for their proudly curvy physiques, and Lady Gaga has unapologetically put on a few pounds.
Every year at Halloween comes the old debate over full- size candy bars vs fun- size candy bars.
The smallest feature size is generally smaller than the feature size for a technology generation (technology node).

In science:

The results of this paper show that the magnetization is not dependent on the system size and has a smooth behavior of m ∼ f [H/ exp(−6.5/∆)] and the susceptibility vanishes with the system size as χ ∼ L−2 exp(7.3/∆)g [H/ exp(−6.5/∆)], where g (y ≃ 0) ≃ const, and g (y → ±∞) ∼ exp(−0.2|y |).
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
When we take the crossing points Hc (L) of the spanning probability curves with fixed spanning probability values for each systems size L, we get an estimate for the critical external field Hc using finite size scaling, see Fig. 8(b).
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
Also other exponents could be measured, as γ for the average size hsi of the clusters, and σ and τ for the cluster size distribution.
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
The red cluster size scale defines the average smallest size of any element of the spanning cluster.
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
In order to perform a scaling size effect study we have represented the stationary states (1 − a∗ ) for different sizes (see the inset in Figure 10).
Self-Organized Critical Random Boolean Networks