What does small mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. smallnoun

    the slender part of the back

  2. smalladjective

    a garment size for a small person

  3. small, littleadjective

    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-sizedadjective

    limited in size or scope

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

  5. little, smalladjective

    (of children and animals) young, immature

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

  6. small(a)adjective

    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, smalladjective

    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, smalladjective


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

  9. little, smalladjective

    (of a voice) faint

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

  10. smalladjective

    have fine or very small constituent particles

    "a small misty rain"

  11. modest, smalladjective

    not large but sufficient in size or amount

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

  12. belittled, diminished, smalladverb

    made to seem smaller or less (especially in worth)

    "her comments made me feel small"

  13. smalladverb

    on a small scale

    "think small"


  1. smallnoun

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

  2. smallnoun


  3. smalladverb

    In a small fashion.

  4. smalladjective

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

  5. smalladjective

    Young, as a child.

    Remember when the children were small?

  6. smalladjective

    Minuscule or lowercase, referring to written letters.

  7. Etymology: 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. Smalladverb

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

  7. Smalladverb

    not loudly; faintly; timidly

  8. Smallnoun

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

  9. Smallnoun


  10. Smallnoun

    same as Little go. See under Little, a

  11. Smallverb

    to make little or less

  12. Etymology: [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.

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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

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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. Robert Reich:

    The people you're drafting into the fight against inflation when you raise interest rates and slow the economy are the most vulnerable, the purpose of raising interest rates is to take the air out of the sails of the economy. If it works, you are, by definition, going to have fewer jobs. Even small increases in interest rates, if they have the desired effect, will cause job losses and wage losses.

  2. Emeasoba George:

    Whenever you're grateful of whatever you have, you're unknowingly telling God that you're not bothered about your lacks/needs. And consequently, he (God) will gratify all your lacks/needs. So, come on, be/remain thankful of whatever you have presently no matter how small it seems to you. For, God will surely end up giving you more and never less.

  3. John Butler:

    You don't stop a kid from receiving his high school diploma, already the most important moment of their life to that point, you don't take that away for something as small as shoes -- and that's exactly what was going to happen.

  4. Sabrina Osland:

    So focus on one small thing that you want to change.

  5. Janet Yellen:

    It may be that interest rates will have to rise somewhat to make sure that our economy doesn’t overheat, even though the additional spending is relatively small relative to the size of the economy, it could cause some very modest increases in interest rates to get that reallocation, but these are investments our economy needs to be competitive and to be productive (and) I think that our economy will grow faster because of them.

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    (of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment
    • A. opaque
    • B. busy
    • C. nasty
    • D. witless

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