What does SMALL mean?

Definitions for SMALL

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. small(noun)

    the slender part of the back

  2. small(adj)

    a garment size for a small person

  3. small, little(adj)

    limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent

    "a little dining room"; "a little house"; "a small car"; "a little (or small) group"

  4. minor, modest, small, small-scale, pocket-size, pocket-sized(adj)

    limited in size or scope

    "a small business"; "a newspaper with a modest circulation"; "small-scale plans"; "a pocket-size country"

  5. little, small(adj)

    (of children and animals) young, immature

    "what a big little boy you are"; "small children"

  6. small(a)(adj)

    slight or limited; especially in degree or intensity or scope

    "a series of death struggles with small time in between"

  7. humble, low, lowly, modest, small(adj)

    low or inferior in station or quality

    "a humble cottage"; "a lowly parish priest"; "a modest man of the people"; "small beginnings"

  8. little, minuscule, small(adj)


    "little a"; "small a"; "e.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters"

  9. little, small(adj)

    (of a voice) faint

    "a little voice"; "a still small voice"

  10. small(adj)

    have fine or very small constituent particles

    "a small misty rain"

  11. modest, small(adj)

    not large but sufficient in size or amount

    "a modest salary"; "modest inflation"; "helped in my own small way"

  12. belittled, diminished, small(adverb)

    made to seem smaller or less (especially in worth)

    "her comments made me feel small"

  13. small(adverb)

    on a small scale

    "think small"


  1. small(Noun)

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

  2. small(Noun)


  3. small(Adverb)

    In a small fashion.

  4. small(Adjective)

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

  5. small(Adjective)

    Young, as a child.

    Remember when the children were small?

  6. small(Adjective)

    Minuscule or lowercase, referring to written letters.

  7. Origin: From smal, from smæl, from smalaz, from (s)mal-. Cognate with smel, smal, schmal, små, malus, малый.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Small

    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. Small

    being of slight consequence; feeble in influence or importance; unimportant; trivial; insignificant; as, a small fault; a small business

  3. Small

    envincing little worth or ability; not large-minded; -- sometimes, in reproach, paltry; mean

  4. Small

    not prolonged in duration; not extended in time; short; as, after a small space

  5. Small

    weak; slender; fine; gentle; soft; not loud

  6. Small(adverb)

    in or to small extent, quantity, or degree; little; slightly

  7. Small(adverb)

    not loudly; faintly; timidly

  8. Small(noun)

    the small or slender part of a thing; as, the small of the leg or of the back

  9. Small(noun)


  10. Small(noun)

    same as Little go. See under Little, a

  11. Small(verb)

    to make little or less

  12. Origin: [OE. small, AS. smael; akin to D. smal narrow, OS. & OHG. smal small, G. schmal narrow, Dan. & Sw. smal, Goth. smals small, Icel. smali small cattle, sheep, or goats; cf. Gr. mh^lon a sheep or goat.]


  1. SMALL

    SMALL, Small Machine Algol Like Language, is a programming language developed by Dr. Nevil Brownlee of Auckland University.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Small

    smawl, adj. little in quantity or degree: minute: not great: unimportant: ungenerous, petty: of little worth or ability: short: having little strength: gentle: little in quality or quantity.—adv. in a low tone; gently.—ns. Small′-ale, ale with little malt and unhopped; Small′-and-earl′y (coll.) an informal evening-party.—n.pl. Small′-arms, muskets, rifles, pistols, &c., including all weapons that can be actually carried by a man.—n. Small′-beer, a kind of weak beer.—adj. inferior generally.—n.pl. Small′-clothes, knee-breeches, esp. those of the close-fitting 18th-century form.—ns. Small′-coal, coal not in lumps but small pieces; Small′-craft, small vessels generally.—n.pl. Small′-debts, a phrase current in Scotland to denote debts under £12, recoverable in the Sheriff Court.—n. Small′-hand, writing such as is ordinarily used in correspondence.—n.pl. Small′-hours, the hours immediately following midnight.—adj. Small′ish, somewhat small.—ns. Small′ness; Small′-pī′ca (see Pica); Small′pox, or Variola, a contagious, febrile disease, of the class known as Exanthemata, characterised by small pocks or eruptions on the skin; Smalls, the 'little-go' or previous examination: small-clothes; Small′-talk, light or trifling conversation.—n.pl. Small′-wares (see Ware).—In a small way, with little capital or stock: unostentatiously. [A.S. smæl; Ger. schmal.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. small

    The narrow part of the tail of a whale, in front of the flukes. Also, that part of the anchor-shank which is immediately under the stock.

Editors Contribution

  1. small

    Sufficient and vital in size to meet a need or amount.

    She ordered a small milkshake with her meal.

    Submitted by MaryC on September 29, 2016  
  2. small

    Used to describe a product or a service charged at a cost to meet a need or budget to ensure they are accessible to a wide variety of people.

    Budget airlines use small charges to ensure the maximum amount of people can fly on their aircraft and the aircraft have a near to full capacity when flying.

    Submitted by MaryC on September 26, 2016  
  3. small

    Used to describe something created in a size to meet a need.

    We chose to buy a small car as there were only two of us using it at any one time. We bought a small house when we got married first as we were just two people in a relationship. Our sister sometimes has to buy a small t-shirt as she is not that tall or wide.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 24, 2016  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SMALL' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #179

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SMALL' in Written Corpus Frequency: #435

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SMALL' in Adjectives Frequency: #7

How to pronounce SMALL?

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How to say SMALL in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of SMALL in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of SMALL in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of SMALL in a Sentence

  1. Jeremy Taylor:

    No sin is small.

  2. Ahmed Khalaf:

    It is no small number.

  3. Peter Papageorge:

    It's a small market now.

  4. Thomas Weber:

    It's not for small cars.

  5. Joe Fabiano:

    Small amount today, just six.

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