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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Lit·tle a. [The regular comparative and superlative of this word, littler and littlest, are often used as comparatives of the sense small; but in the sense few, less, or, rarely, lesser is the proper comparative and least is the superlative. See Lesser. The regular form, littlest, occurs also in some of the English provinces, and occasionally in colloquial language. Where love is great, the littlest doubts are fear.” --Shak.]
 1. Small in size or extent; not big; diminutive; -- opposed to big or large; as, a little body; a little animal; a little piece of ground; a little hill; a little distance; a little child.
    He sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.   --Luke xix. 3.
 2. Short in duration; brief; as, a little sleep.
 Best him enough: after a little time,
 I'll beat him too.   --Shak.
 3. Small in quantity or amount; not much; as, a little food; a little air or water.
    Conceited of their little wisdoms, and doting upon their own fancies.   --Barrow.
 4. Small in dignity, power, or importance; not great; insignificant; contemptible.
    When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes?   --I Sam. xv. 17.
 5. Small in force or efficiency; not strong; weak; slight; inconsiderable; as, little attention or exertion;little effort; little care or diligence.
 By sad experiment I know
 How little weight my words with thee can find.   --Milton.
 6. Small in extent of views or sympathies; narrow; shallow; contracted; mean; illiberal; ungenerous.
 The long-necked geese of the world that are ever hissing dispraise,
 Because their natures are little.   --Tennyson.
 Little chief. Zool. See Chief hare.
 Little Englander, an Englishman opposed to territorial expansion of the British Empire. See Antiimperialism, above. Hence: Little Englandism.
 Little finger, the fourth and smallest finger of the hand.
 Little go Eng. Universities, a public examination about the middle of the course, which is less strict and important than the final one; -- called also smalls.  Cf. Great go, under Great. --Thackeray.
 Little hours R. C. Ch., the offices of prime, tierce, sext, and nones. Vespers and compline are sometimes included.
 Little-neck clam, or Little neck Zool., the quahog, or round clam.
 Little ones, young children.
    The men, and the women, and the little ones.   --Deut. ii. 34.
 -- Little peach, a disease of peaches in which the fruit is much dwarfed, and the leaves grow small and thin. The cause is not known.
 Little Rhod"y Rhode Island; -- a nickname alluding to its small size. It is the smallest State of the United States.
 Little Sisters of the Poor R. C. Ch., an order of women who care for old men and women and infirm poor, for whom special houses are built. It was established at St. Servan, Britany, France, in 1840, by the Abbé Le Pailleur.
 Little slam Bridge Whist, the winning of 12 out of the 13 tricks.  It counts 20 points on the honor score.  Contrasted with grand slam.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·spon·sion n.
 1. The act of answering. [Obs.]
 2. University of Oxford The first university examination; -- called also little go. See under Little, a.
 

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Small, n.
 1. The small or slender part of a thing; as, the small of the leg or of the back.
 2. pl. Smallclothes. [Colloq.]
 3. pl. Same as Little go. See under Little, a.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Go, n.
 1. Act; working; operation. [Obs.]
    So gracious were the goes of marriage.   --Marston.
 2. A circumstance or occurrence; an incident. [Slang]
    This is a pretty go.   --Dickens.
 3. The fashion or mode; as, quite the go. [Colloq.]
 4. Noisy merriment; as, a high go. [Colloq.]
 5. A glass of spirits. [Slang]
 6. Power of going or doing; energy; vitality; perseverance; push; as, there is no go in him. [Colloq.]
 7. Cribbage That condition in the course of the game when a player can not lay down a card which will not carry the aggregate count above thirty-one.
 8. Something that goes or is successful; a success; as, he made a go of it; also, an agreement.
    =\“Well,” said Fleming, “is it a go?”\=    --Bret Harte.
 Great go, Little go, the final and the preliminary examinations for a degree. [Slang, Eng. Univ.]
 No go, a failure; a fiasco. [Slang] --Thackeray.
 On the go, moving about; unsettled. [Colloq.]