from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An abnormally small person, often having limbs and features atypically proportioned or formed.
- n. An atypically small animal or plant.
- n. A small creature resembling a human, often ugly, appearing in legends and fairy tales.
- n. A dwarf star.
- transitive v. To check the natural growth or development of; stunt: "The oaks were dwarfed from lack of moisture” ( John Steinbeck).
- transitive v. To cause to appear small by comparison: "Together these two big men dwarfed the tiny Broadway office” ( Saul Bellow).
- intransitive v. To become stunted or grow smaller.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A creature from (especially Scandinavian and other Germanic) folklore, usually depicted as having supernatural powers and being skilled in metalworking. Sometimes pluralized dwarves, especially in modern fantasy literature.
- n. A person with short stature, often one whose limbs are disproportionately small in relation to the body as compared with normal adults, usually as the result of a genetic condition.
- n. An animal, plant or other thing much smaller than the usual of its sort.
- n. A star of relatively small size.
- adj. Miniature.
- v. To render (much) smaller, turn into a dwarf (version).
- v. To make appear (much) smaller, puny, tiny.
- v. To make appear insignificant.
- v. To become (much) smaller.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An animal or plant which is much below the ordinary size of its species or kind.
- n. 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
- n. A small, usually misshapen person, typically a man, who may have magical powers; mythical dwarves were often depicted as living underground in caves.
- intransitive v. To become small; to diminish in size.
- transitive v. To hinder from growing to the natural size; to make or keep small; to stunt.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A person of very small size; a human being much below the ordinary stature.
- n. An animal or a plant much below the ordinary size of its species.
- n. In Scand. myth., a diminutive and generally deformed being, dwelling in rocks and hills, and distinguished for skill in working metals.
- Of small stature or size; of a size smaller than that common to its kind or species: as, a dwaf palm; dwarf trees.
- To hinder from growing to the natural size; make or keep small; prevent the due development of; stunt.
- To cause to appear less than reality; cause to look or seem small by comparison; as, the cathedral dwarfs the houses around it.
- To become less; become dwarfish or stunted.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make appear small by comparison
- n. a plant or animal that is atypically small
- n. a legendary creature resembling a tiny old man; lives in the depths of the earth and guards buried treasure
- v. check the growth of
- n. a person who is markedly small
If the term dwarf planet is amended to be a subclass of planet, thereby brought in line with the use of the term “dwarf” in astronomy dwarf stars are still stars; dwarf galaxies are still galaxies, much of this controversy would be resolved. gwen 2:26 pm on February 7, 2009 | # | Reply
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