Small a. [Compar. Smaller superl. Smallest.]
1. 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.
Great things with small. --Milton.
2. Being of slight consequence; feeble in influence or importance; unimportant; trivial; insignificant; as, a small fault; a small business.
3. Envincing little worth or ability; not large-minded; -- sometimes, in reproach, paltry; mean.
A true delineation of the smallest man is capable of interesting the greatest man. --Carlyle.
4. Not prolonged in duration; not extended in time; short; as, after a small space.
5. Weak; slender; fine; gentle; soft; not loud. “A still, small voice.”
Great and small,of all ranks or degrees; -- used especially of persons. “His quests, great and small.” --Chaucer.
Small arms, muskets, rifles, pistols, etc., in distinction from cannon.
Small beer. See under Beer.
Small coal. (a) Little coals of wood formerly used to light fires. --Gay. (b) Coal about the size of a hazelnut, separated from the coarser parts by screening.
Small craft Naut., a vessel, or vessels in general, of a small size.
Small fruits. See under Fruit.
Small hand, a certain size of paper. See under Paper.
Small hours. See under Hour.
Small letter. Print., a lower-case letter. See Lower-case, and Capital letter, under Capital, a.
Small piece, a Scotch coin worth about 2¼d. sterling, or about 4½cents.
Small register. See the Note under 1st Register, 7.
Small stuff Naut., spun yarn, marline, and the smallest kinds of rope. --R. H. Dana, Jr.
Small talk, light or trifling conversation; chitchat.
Small wares Com., various small textile articles, as tapes, braid, tringe, and the like. --M‘Culloch.
1. In or to small extent, quantity, or degree; little; slightly. [Obs.] “I wept but small.” --Chaucer. “It small avails my mood.” --Shak.
2. Not loudly; faintly; timidly. [Obs. or Humorous]
You may speak as small as you will. --Shak.
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.
Small, v. t. To make little or less. [Obs.]
adj 1: 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"; "a small
voice" [syn: little] [ant: large, large]
2: limited in size or scope; "a small business"; "a newspaper
with a modest circulation"; "small-scale plans"; "a
pocket-size country" [syn: minor, modest, small-scale,
3: low or inferior in station or quality; "a humble cottage";
"a lowly parish priest"; "a modest man of the people";
"small beginnings" [syn: humble, low, lowly, modest]
4: not fully grown; "what a big little boy you are"; "small
children" [syn: little]
5: too small to be seen except under a microscope [syn: microscopic,
microscopical] [ant: macroscopic]
6: not large but sufficient in size or amount; "a modest
salary"; "modest inflation"; "helped in my own small way"
7: (of a voice) faint; "a little voice"; "a still small voice"
8: slight or limited; especially in degree or intensity or
scope; "a series of death struggles with small time in
between" [syn: small(a)]
9: made to seem smaller or less (especially in worth); "her
comments made me feel small" [syn: belittled, diminished]
10: lowercase; "little a"; "small a"; "e.e.cummings's poetry is
written all in minuscule letters" [syn: little, minuscule]
11: have fine or very small constituent particles; "a small
n 1: the slender part of the back
2: a garment size for a small person
adv : on a small scale; "think small" [ant: big]