What does small mean?

Definitions for small
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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word small.

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

    lowercase

    "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"

Wiktionary

  1. smallnoun

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

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

  2. smallnoun

    Underclothes.

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

  3. smalladverb

    In a small fashion.

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

  4. smalladjective

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

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

  5. smalladjective

    Young, as a child.

    Remember when the children were small?

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

  6. smalladjective

    Minuscule or lowercase, referring to written letters.

    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

    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.]

  2. Small

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

    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.]

  3. Small

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

    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.]

  4. Small

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

    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.]

  5. Small

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

    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.]

  6. Smalladverb

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

    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.]

  7. Smalladverb

    not loudly; faintly; timidly

    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.]

  8. Smallnoun

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

    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.]

  9. Smallnoun

    smallclothes

    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.]

  10. Smallnoun

    same as Little go. See under Little, a

    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.]

  11. Smallverb

    to make little or less

    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.]

Freebase

  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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  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. Dr. Jose P. Rizal:

    No, let us not make God in our image, poor inhabitants that we are of a distant planet lost in infinite space. However brilliant and sublime our intelligence may be, it is scarcely more than a small spark which shines and in an instant is extinguished, and it alone can give us no idea of that blaze, that conflagration, that ocean of light!

  2. Mike Pompeo:

    Our concern is with the malign actions of the Chinese Communist Party and specific individuals, not with the Chinese people, the graduate students and researchers who are targeted, co-opted, and exploited by the PRC government for its military gain represent a small subset of Chinese student and researcher visa applicants coming to the United States.

  3. Yuka Ikemura:

    I've got small children to take care of and we live on the first floor of an old apartment, we brought with us the bare necessities. I'm scared to think about when we will have run out diapers and milk.

  4. The CDC:

    Vaccine breakthrough infections make up a small percentage of people who are fully vaccinated. The CDC recommends that all eligible people get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as one is available to them.

  5. Zumrat Dawut:

    All the Uyghurs are so fed up with their Chinese relatives, two completely different ethnicities are forced to live in the same house, whether it is big or small house.

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