Dwarfs
Dwarf Dwarf, n.; pl. {Dwarfs}. [OE. dwergh, dwerf, dwarf, AS. dweorg, dweorh; akin to D. dwerg, MHG. twerc, G. zwerg, Icel. dvergr, Sw. & Dan. dverg; of unknown origin.] 1. An animal or plant which is much below the ordinary size of its species or kind. [1913 Webster]

2. Especially: A diminutive human being, small in stature due to a pathological condition which causes a distortion of the proportions of body parts to each other, such as the limbs, torso, and head. A person of unusually small height who has normal body proportions is usually called a {midget}. [PJC]

Note: During the Middle Ages dwarfs as well as fools shared the favor of courts and the nobility. [1913 Webster]

3. (Folklore) A small, usually misshapen person, typically a man, who may have magical powers; mythical dwarves were often depicted as living underground in caves. [PJC]

Note: Dwarf is used adjectively in reference to anything much below the usual or normal size; as, a dwarf pear tree; dwarf honeysuckle. [1913 Webster]

{Dwarf elder} (Bot.), danewort.

{Dwarf wall} (Arch.), a low wall, not as high as the story of a building, often used as a garden wall or fence. --Gwilt. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Dwarfs —    in Celtic, Teutonic, Slav, and Vedic Myth    The role played by dwarfs in the myths of these races is considerably less important than with the Nordic races. Below are given some of the more oustanding names:    Celtic: Gavida, Goibniu,… …   Who’s Who in non-classical mythology

  • dwarfs — Fifteen year FNMA MBS pools. American Banker Glossary Fannie Mae issued mortgage backed securities pools that have an original maturity of 15 years. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary …   Financial and business terms

  • dwarfs —  is generally preferred to dwarves …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • dwarfs — dwɔːf n. abnormally short human, pygmy, midget; small man with magical powers (Folklore) v. reduce, minimize, miniaturize, make small …   English contemporary dictionary

  • DWARFS — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Dwarfs (Discworld) — Dwarfs in Terry Pratchett s Discworld novels are similar to the Dwarves of J. R. R. Tolkien s Middle earth, to which they largely started out as a homage, and dwarves in other fantasy novels. They are short, stocky, bearded metal workers,… …   Wikipedia

  • Dwarfs in Nordic Myth —    In Nordic myth the dwarfs play a very important part in that they are the artificers, the craftsmen, and the inventors. Both the Aesir and the Vanir appear to have maintained amicable relations with the dwarfs, and in return for this they made …   Who’s Who in non-classical mythology

  • Chaos Dwarfs — are fictional race in drawn from the Warhammer Fantasy universe in which they are described as being an off shoot of the Dwarfs who were been corrupted by the forces of Chaos. They are represented within Warhammer Fantasy Battle , Warhammer… …   Wikipedia

  • Chaos Dwarfs (Warhammer) — Chaos Dwarfs are a fictional race in the Warhammer Fantasy universe in which they are described as being an off shoot of the Dwarfs who have been corrupted by the forces of Chaos. They are represented within Warhammer Fantasy Battle, Warhammer… …   Wikipedia

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs — Blanche Neige et les Sept Nains Blanche Neige et les Sept Nains Titre original Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Réalisation David Hand …   Wikipédia en Français

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”