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. 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)

    lowercase

    "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"

Wiktionary

  1. small(Noun)

    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. small(Noun)

    Underclothes.

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

  3. small(Adverb)

    In a small fashion.

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

  4. small(Adjective)

    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. small(Adjective)

    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. small(Adjective)

    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. Small(adverb)

    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. Small(adverb)

    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. Small(noun)

    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. Small(noun)

    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. Small(noun)

    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. Small(verb)

    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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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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Numerology

  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. Randy Frederick:

    It's a very risky proposition to take things home overnight in this kind of a market. If you got a profit that quick, it's often safer to take a small profit than run the risk.

  2. John Kirby:

    I do not expect this latest incident to, by itself, lead to outright conflict. But it is certainly escalatory and, regrettably, may be further limiting the already small decision space Trump had given himself.

  3. Mustafa Qadri:

    The protection system has the potential to be a positive because one of the common complaints among workers is not being paid adequately and/or on time, an electronic record of how much and when employees are paid should make companies more accountable, but it's only a small step and there's no clarity on what action will be taken against companies that flout the new rules.

  4. European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager:

    Tax rulings that artificially reduce a company's tax burden are not in line with EU state aid rules. They are illegal. I hope that, with today's decisions, this message will be heard by Member State governments and companies alike, all companies, big or small, multinational or not, should pay their fair share of tax.

  5. Pinduoduo Vice President David Liu:

    Pinduoduo supported small and medium-sized companies by offering the lower effective advertising rates, directed traffic that we could have otherwise monetized to dedicated channels for medical supplies.

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