from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The physical dimensions, proportions, magnitude, or extent of an object.
- n. Any of a series of graduated categories of dimension whereby manufactured articles, such as shoes and clothing, are classified.
- n. Considerable extent, amount, or dimensions: a debt of enormous size.
- n. Relative amount or number, as of population or contents: What size is Cleveland?
- n. Character, value, or status with reference to relative importance or the capacity to meet given requirements: Try this proposal on for size.
- n. The actual state of affairs: That's about the size of the situation.
- transitive v. To arrange, classify, or distribute according to size.
- transitive v. To make, cut, or shape to a required size.
- adj. Sized. Often used in combination: bite-size appetizers; an economy-size package.
- size up To make an estimate, opinion, or judgment of: She sized up her opponent.
- n. Any of several gelatinous or glutinous substances usually made from glue, wax, or clay and used as a glaze or filler for porous materials such as paper, cloth, or wall surfaces.
- transitive v. To treat or coat with size or a similar substance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To adjust the size of; to make a certain size.
- v. To classify or arrange by size.
- v. To approximate the dimensions, estimate the size of.
- v. To take greater size; to increase in size.
- v. To order food or drink from the buttery; hence, to enter a score, as upon the buttery book.
- n. A thin, weak glue used as primer for paper or canvas intended to be painted upon.
- n. Wallpaper paste.
- n. The thickened crust on coagulated blood.
- v. To apply glue or other primer to a surface which is to be painted.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Six.
- n. A thin, weak glue used in various trades, as in painting, bookbinding, paper making, etc.
- n. Any viscous substance, as gilder's varnish.
- transitive v. To cover with size; to prepare with size.
- n. A settled quantity or allowance. See assize.
- n. An allowance of food and drink from the buttery, aside from the regular dinner at commons; -- corresponding to battel at Oxford.
- n. Extent of superficies or volume; bulk; bigness; magnitude.
- n. Figurative bulk; condition as to rank, ability, character, etc..
- n. A conventional relative measure of dimension, as for shoes, gloves, and other articles made up for sale.
- n. An instrument consisting of a number of perforated gauges fastened together at one end by a rivet, -- used for ascertaining the size of pearls.
- transitive v. To fix the standard of.
- transitive v. To adjust or arrange according to size or bulk.
- transitive v. To take the height of men, in order to place them in the ranks according to their stature.
- transitive v. To sift, as pieces of ore or metal, in order to separate the finer from the coarser parts.
- transitive v. To swell; to increase the bulk of.
- transitive v. To bring or adjust anything exactly to a required dimension, as by cutting.
- intransitive v. To take greater size; to increase in size.
- intransitive v. To order food or drink from the buttery; hence, to enter a score, as upon the buttery book.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fixed rate regulating the weight, measure, price, or proportion of any article, especially food or drink; a standard. See assize, n., 2.
- n. A specified or fixed amount of food and drink; a ration.
- n. 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. A portion allotted by chance or fate; a share; a peculiar or individual allotment.
- n. Grade of quality or importance; rank; class; degree; order.
- n. Rate of dimension, whether linear, square, or solid; material proportions; relative magnitude; now the usual sense.
- n. 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. Extent, or volume, or magnitude in other respects, as of time, sound, or effort.
- n. plural A session of a court of justice; assizes. See assize, 6.
- n. 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. 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.
- To regulate the weight, measure, extent, value, etc., of; fix the rate or standard of; assize.
- 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.
- To supply with sizes; hence, to fill or otherwise affect by sizes or portions.
- To rate; rank.
- To estimate or ascertain the size of; measure; hence, by extension, to arrange in groups or ranks according to dimensions.
- To separate or sort according to 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. A gelatinous wash used by painters, by paper-manufacturers, and in many industrial arts
- n. A material resembling size, but of different origin, and used for its tenacity as a preparation for gilding and the like.
- n. A glutinous printing-ink made to receive and retain the bronze-powder of gold or silver which is dusted on it.
- n. In physiology, the buffy coat observed on the surface of coagulated blood in certain conditions.
- n. In brickmaking, plasticity, as of the clay before burning.
- To cover with size; prepare with size; stiffen by means of size.
- To smear over with any substance acting like size: occurring chiefly in compounds.
- To render plastic: said of clay.
- n. Same as sice.
- To cut or trim to the size required.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the property resulting from being one of a series of graduated measurements (as of clothing)
- v. sort according to size
- n. the physical magnitude of something (how big it is)
- v. make to a size; bring to a suitable size
- adj. (used in combination) sized
- n. a large magnitude
- n. the actual state of affairs
- v. cover or stiffen or glaze a porous material with size or sizing (a glutinous substance)
- n. any glutinous material used to fill pores in surfaces or to stiffen fabrics
Middle English sise, from Old French, court session, law, short for assise; see assize.
Middle English sise, probably from Old French, a setting; see size1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English sise, syse ("regulation, control, limit"), from Old French cise, sise, aphetism of assise "assize". Displaced native Middle English grete, grette ("size") (from Old English grīetu, grȳtu ("size, greatness")). (Wiktionary)
Origin uncertain, perhaps related to Etymology 1, above. (Wiktionary)