from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Being below average in size.
- adjective Being below average in quantity or extent.
- adjective Limited in importance or significance; trivial.
- adjective Having limited position, influence, or status; minor.
- adjective Unpretentious; modest.
- adjective Not fully grown; very young.
- adjective Narrow in outlook; petty.
- adjective Having been belittled; humiliated.
- adjective Diluted; weak. Used of alcoholic beverages.
- adjective Lacking force or volume.
- adjective Lowercase.
- adverb In small pieces.
- adverb Without loudness or forcefulness; softly.
- adverb In a small manner.
- noun A part that is smaller or narrower than the rest.
- noun Small things considered as a group.
- noun Chiefly British Small items of clothing.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To make little or less; lessen.
- Slender; thin; narrow.
- Little in size; not great or large; of less than average or ordinary dimensions; diminutive.
- Little or inferior in degree, quantity, amount, duration, number, value, etc.; short (in time or extent); narrow, etc.
- Low, as applied to station, social position, etc.
- Being of little moment, weight, or importance; trivial; insignificant; petty; trifling: as, it is a small matter or thing; a small subject.
- Of little genius, ability, or force of character; petty; insignificant.
- Containing little of the principal quality, or little strength; weak: as, small beer.
- Thin: applied to tones or to the voice.
- Gentle; soft; faint; not loud.
- Characterized by littleness of mind or character; evincing little worth; narrow-minded; sordid; selfish; ungenerous; mean; base; unworthy.
- Having little property; carrying on a business on a small scale.
- Meager in quantity, as a body of water: an anglers' epithet: as, the water is too small to use the fly.
- Noting the condition of the cutting edge of a saw as condensed by hammering: same as
- Unostentatiously; without pretension.
- Synonyms Smaller, Fewer (see
less), tiny, puny, stunted, Lilliputian, minute.
- Inconsiderable, unimportant, slender, scanty, moderate, paltry, slight, feeble.
- Shallow. See
- Illiberal, stingy, scrimping.
- noun 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.
- noun plural Same as
- noun plural The “little go,” or previous examination: as, to be plucked for smalls.
- noun plural In coal-mining, same as
small coal(see above).
- noun 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.
- In a small quantity or degree; little.
- Low; in low tones; gently; timidly; also, in a shrill or high key.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adverb obsolete In or to small extent, quantity, or degree; little; slightly.
- adverb Obs. or Humorous Not loudly; faintly; timidly.
- transitive verb obsolete To make little or less.
- adjective 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.
- adjective Being of slight consequence; feeble in influence or importance; unimportant; trivial; insignificant.
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angharad commented on the word small
In my household, we refer to the pocket-pets (rodents) this way. To differentiate from our "medium", which is the cat, and the "larges", who are us. A feral house-mouse is, then, similarly small, little or, better tiny; and insects are tiny or wee. If we had a ferret, I suspect it would be smallish or not-quite-medium. I likewise suspect a standard dog would be larger or largish.
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