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.
adj 1: having or being distinguished by diminutive size; "the least
bittern" [syn: least, littlest]
2: minimal in magnitude; "lowest wages"; "the least amount of
fat allowed"; "the smallest amount" [syn: least, lowest]