Definition of Small

1. Noun. The slender part of the back.

Generic synonyms: Body Part
Group relationships: Back, Dorsum

2. Adjective. Limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent. "A little (or small) group"

3. Adverb. On a small scale. "Think small"
Antonyms: Big

4. Noun. A garment size for a small person.
Generic synonyms: Size

5. Adjective. Limited in size or scope. "A pocket-size country"
Exact synonyms: Minor, Modest, Pocket-size, Pocket-sized, Small-scale
Similar to: Limited
Derivative terms: Smallness

6. Adjective. (of children and animals) young, immature. "Small children"
Exact synonyms: Little
Similar to: Immature, Young

7. Adjective. Slight or limited; especially in degree or intensity or scope. "A series of death struggles with small time in between"
Language type: Archaicism, Archaism
Similar to: Little, Slight

8. Adjective. Low or inferior in station or quality. "Small beginnings"
Exact synonyms: Humble, Low, Lowly, Modest
Similar to: Inferior
Derivative terms: Humbleness, Lowness

9. Adjective. Lowercase. "E.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters"
Exact synonyms: Little, Minuscule
Similar to: Lowercase

10. Adjective. (of a voice) faint. "A still small voice"
Exact synonyms: Little
Similar to: Soft
Derivative terms: Littleness, Smallness

11. Adjective. Have fine or very small constituent particles. "A small misty rain"
Similar to: Fine

12. Adjective. Not large but sufficient in size or amount. "Helped in my own small way"
Exact synonyms: Modest
Similar to: Moderate
Derivative terms: Modestness, Smallness

13. Adjective. Made to seem smaller or less (especially in worth). "Her comments made me feel small"
Exact synonyms: Belittled, Diminished
Similar to: Decreased, Reduced

Definition of Small

1. a. 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; as, a small man; a small river.

2. adv. In or to small extent, quantity, or degree; little; slightly.

3. n. The small or slender part of a thing; as, the small of the leg or of the back.

4. v. t. To make little or less.

Definition of Small

1. Adjective. Not large or big; insignificant; few in numbers or size. ¹

2. Adjective. (figuratively) Young, as a child. ¹

3. Adjective. (context: writing incomparable) Minuscule or lowercase, referring to written letters. ¹

4. Adverb. In a small fashion. ¹

5. Noun. Any part of something that is smaller or slimmer than the rest, now usually with anatomical reference to the back. ¹

6. Noun. (UK in the plural) Underclothes. ¹

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Definition of Small

1. of limited size or quantity [adj SMALLER, SMALLEST] / a small part [n -S]

Medical Definition of Small

1. 1. 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; as, a small man; a small river. "To compare Great things with small." (Milton) 2. Being of slight consequence; feeble in influence or importance; unimportant; trivial; insignificant; as, a small fault; a small business. 3. Envincing little worth or ability; not large-minded; sometimes, in reproach, paltry; mean. "A true delineation of the smallest man is capable of interesting the reatest man." (Carlyle) 4. Not prolonged in duration; not extended in time; short; as, after a small space. 5. Weak; slender; fine; gentle; soft; not loud. "A still, small voice." Great and small,of all ranks or degrees; used especially of persons. "His quests, great and small." . Small arms, muskets, rifles, pistols, etc, in distinction from cannon. Small beer. See Beer. Small coal. Little coals of wood formerly used to light fires. Coal about the size of a hazelnut, separated from the coarser parts by screening. Small craft, various small textile articles, as tapes, braid, tringe, and the like. Origin: OE. Small, AS. Sm$l; akin to D. Smal narrow, OS. & OHG. Smal small, G. Schmal narrow, Dan. & Sw. Smal, Goth. Smals small, Icel. Smali smal cattle, sheep, or goats; cf. Gr. A sheep or goat. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Small

small (current term)
small-area analysis
small-billed tinamou
small-billed tinamous
small-c conservative
small-c conservatives
small-d democrat
small-d democrats
small-for-gestational-age infant

Literary usage of Small

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Engineering Mathematics: A Series of Lectures Delivered at Union College by Charles Proteus Steinmetz (1911)
"The forms most frequently used in the reduction of expressions containing small quantities are multiplication and division, the binomial series, ..."

2. The Greatness and Decline of Rome by Guglielmo Ferrero (1908)
"CHAPTER I THE small BEGINNINGS OF A GREAT EMPIRE Italy in the second half of the fifth century BC—The warfare between the small republics, ..."

3. Self-propelled Vehicles: A Practical Treatise on the Theory, Construction by James Edward Homans (1904)
"small Shell Boilers for Carriages.—Many of the best known makes of American ... All such boilers are of small dimensions, frequently little over one foot in ..."

4. The Class Struggle (Erfurt Program) by Karl Kautsky (1910)
"I. THE PASSING OF small PRODUCTION. 1. small Production and Private Property. The program adopted by the German Social Democracy at Erfurt in 1891 divides ..."

5. History and Pathology of Vaccination by Edgar March Crookshank (1889)
"CHAPTER I. HISTORY OF small POX INOCULATION IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES. THE practice of small Pox inoculation is one of very great antiquity. ..."

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