What does dwarf mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dwarf, midget, nanus(noun)

    a person who is markedly small

  2. gnome, dwarf(noun)

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

  3. dwarf(verb)

    a plant or animal that is atypically small

  4. shadow, overshadow, dwarf(verb)

    make appear small by comparison

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

  5. dwarf(verb)

    check the growth of

    "the lack of sunlight dwarfed these pines"

GCIDE

  1. Dwarf(n.)

    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. Dwarf(n.)

    (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. dwarf(Noun)

    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. dwarf(Noun)

    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. dwarf(Noun)

    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. dwarf(Noun)

    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. dwarf(Verb)

    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. dwarf(Verb)

    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. dwarf(Verb)

    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. dwarf(Verb)

    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. dwarf(Adjective)

    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. Dwarf(noun)

    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. Dwarf(verb)

    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. Dwarf(verb)

    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. Hugh Osborn:

    The typical brown dwarf temperature is somewhere between luke-warm water, which would appear black to our eyes, and a campfire, which would glow faintly red, in the case of [this system], the brown dwarf is being heated by the star it orbits, meaning the dayside of the object would be glowing red hot. The night side would be darker, but some of this heat would be sucked around by winds, heating it up.

  2. Katelyn Allers:

    Since the magnetic field originates deep in the planet, or in this case brown dwarf, the radio data allows us to determine the interior period of rotation, when you have an interior rotation rate and an atmospheric rotation rate, you can compare them to see how fast the wind is blowing.

  3. Game of Thrones, Season 6:

    Tyrion Lannister: Last time we saw each other was at Winterfell, yes? You were making jokes about my height, I seem to recall. Everyone who makes a joke about a dwarf's height thinks he's the only person ever to make a joke about a dwarf's height. A height of nobility. A man of your stature. Someone to look up to. You're all making the same five or six jokes.Theon Greyjoy: It was a long time ago.Tyrion Lannister: It was. And how have things been going for you since then? Not so well I gather. Can't imagine you would have murdered the Stark boys if things had been going well.Theon Greyjoy: I didn't murder the Stark boys. But I did things that were just as bad, or worse.Yara Grejoy: And he paid for them.Tyrion Lannister: Doesn't seem like it. He's still alive. It was complicated for you I'm sure, growing up at Winterfell. Never quite knowing who you were. But then, we all live complicated lives, don't we?Daenerys Targaryen: You've brought us a hundred ships from the Iron fleet, with men to sail them. In return I expect you want me to support your claim to the throne of the Iron Islands?Theon Grejoy: Not my claim. [nods his head to Yara] Hers.Daenerys Targaryen: What's wrong with you?Theon Greyjoy: I'm not fit to rule.Tyrion Lannister: We can agree upon that at least.Daenerys Targaryen: Has the Iron Islands ever had a queen before?Yara Grejoy: No more than Westeros.Theon Grejoy: Our uncle Euron returned home after a long absence. He murdered our father, and took the Salt Throne from Yara. He would have murdered us if we'd stayed.Daenerys Targaryen: Lord Tyrion tells me your father was a terrible king.Yara Grejoy: You and I have that in common.Daenerys Targaryen: [after a short pause] We do. And both murdered by a usurper aswell. [turns to Tyrion] Will their ships be enough?Tyrion Lannister: With the former masters' fleet, possibly. Barely. [glares down at Theon] There are more than a hundred ships in the Iron fleet- Theon Grejoy: There are. And Euron's building more. [to Daenerys] He's going to offer them to you.Daenerys Targaryen: So why shouldn't I wait for him?Theon Greyjoy: The Iron fleet isn't all he's bringing. He also wants to give you-..Yara Grejoy: [scornfully] His big cock, I think he said. [Daenerys raises her eyebrows disapprovingly, smirking at Tyrion] Euron's offer is also an offer of marriage, you see.. You won't get one without the other.Daenerys Targaryen: And I imagine your offer is free of any marriage demands.Yara Grejoy: [softly] I never demand but I'm up for anything really.[Daenerys gazes at Yara with a smile]Theon Grejoy: He murdered our father and would have murdered us. He'll murder you as soon as you have what he wants.Tyrion Lannister: The seven kingdoms?Theon Grejoy: All of them.Daenerys Targaryen: And you don't want the seven kingdoms?Theon Grejoy: Your ancestors defeated ours, and took the Iron Islands. We ask you to give them back.Daenerys Targaryen: And that's all?Yara Grejoy: We'd like you to help us murder an uncle or two who think a woman's not fit to rule.Daenerys Targaryen: [with a smirk] Reasonable.Tyrion Lannister: [to Daenerys] What if everyone starts demanding their independence?Daenerys Targaryen: She's not demanding, she's asking. The others are free to ask aswell. [turns her head back to Theon and Yara] Our fathers were evil men. All of us here. They left the world worse than they found it. We're not going to do that. We're going to leave the world better than we found it. [stands up and begins walking down the stairs towards Theon and Yara while she speaks] You will support my claim as the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, and respect the integrity of the Seven Kingdoms. No more reaving, roving, raiding, or raping.Yara Greyjoy: [with a glare] That's our way of life.Daenerys Targaryen: No more.[Daenerys stares at Yara coldly, Yara turns her head to Theon who then nods at her in consent]Yara Grejoy: No more.[Yara lifts her arm up towards Daenerys. Daenerys, indecisively, looks over her shoulder at Tyrion who then signals her to accept Yara's arm-shake. After a brief hesitation, Daenerys puts a grasp around Yara's arm, shaking her arm]

  4. Masashi Chiba:

    This discovery implies hundreds of faint dwarf satellites waiting to be discovered in the halo of the Milky Way, how many satellites are indeed there and what properties they have, will give us an important clue of understanding how the Milky Way formed and how dark matter contributed to it.

  5. 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.

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