from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A glaze or filler; size.
  • n. Treatment of a fabric or other surface with size.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A gelatinous glue for glazing or sizing canvas, paper, plaster or wood; often made from animal skins.
  • n. paste
  • n. food and drink ordered from the buttery by a student
  • v. Present participle of size.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Act of covering or treating with size.
  • n. A weak glue used in various trades; size.
  • n. The act of sorting with respect to size.
  • n. The act of bringing anything to a certain size.
  • n. Food and drink ordered from the buttery by a student.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any act or process indicated by size, verb
  • n. Specifically, in university use:
  • n. An order for extra food or drink from the buttery.
  • n. Any article so ordered; a size.
  • n. In mining, sorting the crushed or stamped ores into grains of various sizes, in order that a more perfect separation of the various mineral and metalliferous substances of which the ore is made up may afterward be effected by the use of such ore-dressing or separating apparatus as may be considered suitable for the purpose.
  • n. The act or process of applying size or preparing with size.
  • n. Size prepared for use in any mechanical trade

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any glutinous material used to fill pores in surfaces or to stiffen fabrics


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  • a material applied to the surfact of porous material such as cloth or paper to fill the pores

    July 24, 2007