What does Dwarf mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dwarf, midget, nanusnoun

    a person who is markedly small

  2. gnome, dwarfnoun

    a legendary creature resembling a tiny old man; lives in the depths of the earth and guards buried treasure

  3. dwarfverb

    a plant or animal that is atypically small

  4. shadow, overshadow, dwarfverb

    make appear small by comparison

    "This year's debt dwarfs that of last year"

  5. dwarfverb

    check the growth of

    "the lack of sunlight dwarfed these pines"

GCIDE

  1. Dwarfnoun

    Especially: 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 midget.

    Etymology: [OE. dwergh, dwerf, dwarf, AS. dweorg, dweorh; akin to D. dwerg, MHG. twerc, G. zwerg, Icel. dvergr, Sw. & Dan. dverg; of unknown origin.]

  2. Dwarfnoun

    (Folklore) A small, usually misshapen person, typically a man, who may have magical powers; mythical dwarves were often depicted as living underground in caves.

    Etymology: [OE. dwergh, dwerf, dwarf, AS. dweorg, dweorh; akin to D. dwerg, MHG. twerc, G. zwerg, Icel. dvergr, Sw. & Dan. dverg; of unknown origin.]

Wiktionary

  1. dwarfnoun

    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.

    Etymology: Via dwerf (variously spelt dwerf, dwergh and many other ways), from dweorg (variously dweorg, dweorh, duerg before 900), from dwergaz, cognate with Old High German twerc (German Zwerg), Old Norse dvergr (Swedish dvärg), Old Frisian dwirg, Middle Low German dwerch, dwarch, twerg (Low German Dwarg, Dwarch), Middle Dutch dwerch, dworch (Dutch dwerg). The Germanic word is perhaps from a dhu̯er- "harm, deceive"; compare Sanskrit dhvárati ("he bends, hurts"), dhvarás ("class of female demons").

  2. dwarfnoun

    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.

    Etymology: Via dwerf (variously spelt dwerf, dwergh and many other ways), from dweorg (variously dweorg, dweorh, duerg before 900), from dwergaz, cognate with Old High German twerc (German Zwerg), Old Norse dvergr (Swedish dvärg), Old Frisian dwirg, Middle Low German dwerch, dwarch, twerg (Low German Dwarg, Dwarch), Middle Dutch dwerch, dworch (Dutch dwerg). The Germanic word is perhaps from a dhu̯er- "harm, deceive"; compare Sanskrit dhvárati ("he bends, hurts"), dhvarás ("class of female demons").

  3. dwarfnoun

    An animal, plant or other thing much smaller than the usual of its sort.

    Etymology: Via dwerf (variously spelt dwerf, dwergh and many other ways), from dweorg (variously dweorg, dweorh, duerg before 900), from dwergaz, cognate with Old High German twerc (German Zwerg), Old Norse dvergr (Swedish dvärg), Old Frisian dwirg, Middle Low German dwerch, dwarch, twerg (Low German Dwarg, Dwarch), Middle Dutch dwerch, dworch (Dutch dwerg). The Germanic word is perhaps from a dhu̯er- "harm, deceive"; compare Sanskrit dhvárati ("he bends, hurts"), dhvarás ("class of female demons").

  4. dwarfnoun

    A star of relatively small size.

    Etymology: Via dwerf (variously spelt dwerf, dwergh and many other ways), from dweorg (variously dweorg, dweorh, duerg before 900), from dwergaz, cognate with Old High German twerc (German Zwerg), Old Norse dvergr (Swedish dvärg), Old Frisian dwirg, Middle Low German dwerch, dwarch, twerg (Low German Dwarg, Dwarch), Middle Dutch dwerch, dworch (Dutch dwerg). The Germanic word is perhaps from a dhu̯er- "harm, deceive"; compare Sanskrit dhvárati ("he bends, hurts"), dhvarás ("class of female demons").

  5. dwarfverb

    To render (much) smaller, turn into a dwarf (version)

    Etymology: Via dwerf (variously spelt dwerf, dwergh and many other ways), from dweorg (variously dweorg, dweorh, duerg before 900), from dwergaz, cognate with Old High German twerc (German Zwerg), Old Norse dvergr (Swedish dvärg), Old Frisian dwirg, Middle Low German dwerch, dwarch, twerg (Low German Dwarg, Dwarch), Middle Dutch dwerch, dworch (Dutch dwerg). The Germanic word is perhaps from a dhu̯er- "harm, deceive"; compare Sanskrit dhvárati ("he bends, hurts"), dhvarás ("class of female demons").

  6. dwarfverb

    To make appear (much) smaller, puny, tiny

    The newly-built skyscraper dwarfs all older buildings in the downtown skyline.

    Etymology: Via dwerf (variously spelt dwerf, dwergh and many other ways), from dweorg (variously dweorg, dweorh, duerg before 900), from dwergaz, cognate with Old High German twerc (German Zwerg), Old Norse dvergr (Swedish dvärg), Old Frisian dwirg, Middle Low German dwerch, dwarch, twerg (Low German Dwarg, Dwarch), Middle Dutch dwerch, dworch (Dutch dwerg). The Germanic word is perhaps from a dhu̯er- "harm, deceive"; compare Sanskrit dhvárati ("he bends, hurts"), dhvarás ("class of female demons").

  7. dwarfverb

    To make appear insignificant

    Bach dwarfs all other composers.

    Etymology: Via dwerf (variously spelt dwerf, dwergh and many other ways), from dweorg (variously dweorg, dweorh, duerg before 900), from dwergaz, cognate with Old High German twerc (German Zwerg), Old Norse dvergr (Swedish dvärg), Old Frisian dwirg, Middle Low German dwerch, dwarch, twerg (Low German Dwarg, Dwarch), Middle Dutch dwerch, dworch (Dutch dwerg). The Germanic word is perhaps from a dhu̯er- "harm, deceive"; compare Sanskrit dhvárati ("he bends, hurts"), dhvarás ("class of female demons").

  8. dwarfverb

    To become (much) smaller

    Etymology: Via dwerf (variously spelt dwerf, dwergh and many other ways), from dweorg (variously dweorg, dweorh, duerg before 900), from dwergaz, cognate with Old High German twerc (German Zwerg), Old Norse dvergr (Swedish dvärg), Old Frisian dwirg, Middle Low German dwerch, dwarch, twerg (Low German Dwarg, Dwarch), Middle Dutch dwerch, dworch (Dutch dwerg). The Germanic word is perhaps from a dhu̯er- "harm, deceive"; compare Sanskrit dhvárati ("he bends, hurts"), dhvarás ("class of female demons").

  9. dwarfadjective

    miniature

    Etymology: Via dwerf (variously spelt dwerf, dwergh and many other ways), from dweorg (variously dweorg, dweorh, duerg before 900), from dwergaz, cognate with Old High German twerc (German Zwerg), Old Norse dvergr (Swedish dvärg), Old Frisian dwirg, Middle Low German dwerch, dwarch, twerg (Low German Dwarg, Dwarch), Middle Dutch dwerch, dworch (Dutch dwerg). The Germanic word is perhaps from a dhu̯er- "harm, deceive"; compare Sanskrit dhvárati ("he bends, hurts"), dhvarás ("class of female demons").

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dwarfnoun

    an animal or plant which is much below the ordinary size of its species or kind; especially, a diminutive human being

    Etymology: [OE. dwergh, dwerf, dwarf, AS. dweorg, dweorh; akin to D. dwerg, MHG. twerc, G. zwerg, Icel. dvergr, Sw. & Dan. dverg; of unknown origin.]

  2. Dwarfverb

    to hinder from growing to the natural size; to make or keep small; to stunt

    Etymology: [OE. dwergh, dwerf, dwarf, AS. dweorg, dweorh; akin to D. dwerg, MHG. twerc, G. zwerg, Icel. dvergr, Sw. & Dan. dverg; of unknown origin.]

  3. Dwarfverb

    to become small; to diminish in size

    Etymology: [OE. dwergh, dwerf, dwarf, AS. dweorg, dweorh; akin to D. dwerg, MHG. twerc, G. zwerg, Icel. dvergr, Sw. & Dan. dverg; of unknown origin.]

Freebase

  1. Dwarf

    In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, the Dwarves are a race inhabiting the world of Arda, a fictional prehistoric Earth which includes the continent Middle-earth. They appear in his books The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and the posthumously published The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle-earth series, the last three edited by his son and literary executor Christopher Tolkien.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dwarf

    dwawrf, n. an animal or plant that does not reach the ordinary height: a diminutive man.—v.t. to hinder from growing: to make to appear small.—adjs. Dwarf′ish, Dwarf, like a dwarf: very small: despicable.—adv. Dwarf′ishly.—n. Dwarf′ishness.—Dwarfed trees, small trees growing in flower-pots, a characteristic ornament in Chinese and Japanese houses and gardens. [A.S. dweorg; Dut. dwerg, Ice. dvergr, Ger. zwerg.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Dwarf in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Dwarf in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Dwarf in a Sentence

  1. Marc Rayman:

    We are tremendously excited, we have guided this robotic probe for well over seven years on an interplanetary journey of more than 3 billion miles. Along the way we sailed past Mars. We spent 14 months orbiting and scrutinizing the giant protoplanet Vesta. ... Now, finally, we are on the verge of conducting the first exploration ever of the first dwarf planet.

  2. Jim Green:

    The New Horizons mission has taken what we thought we knew about Pluto and turned it upside down, the New Horizons mission's why we explore -- to satisfy our innate curiosity and answer deeper questions about how we got here and what lies beyond the next horizon. Related : Spacecraft achieves flyby of Pluto, then calls home September NASA, which is discussing a slew of Pluto discoveries at the 47th Annual Meeting of the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences in National Harbor, Md. this week, highlighted the ‘ cryovolcanoes ’ as a key finding. Geologists on the New Horizons team combined images of Pluto’s surface to make 3-D maps that indicate two of Pluto’s most distinctive mountains could be ice volcanoes. In its statement September NASA explained that the ‘ cryovolcanoes ’ may even have been active in the recent past. The two candidates are large features on the dwarf planet’s surface measuring tens of miles across and several miles high. Related : September NASA releases first Pluto flyby images.

  3. J. Petit-Senn:

    Where talent is a dwarf, self-esteem is a giant.

  4. Shakespeare:

    Get lost, you dwarf, you weed, you scrap, you acorn.

  5. Andrew Feinstein:

    I fear that the corruption in this deal might dwarf the arms deal.

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