small
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English smal, from Old English smæl; akin to Old High German smal small, Greek mēlon small domestic animal Date: before 12th century 1. a. having comparatively little size or slight dimensions b. lowercase 2. a. minor in influence, power, or rank b. operating on a limited scale 3. lacking in strength <
a small voice
>
4. a. little or close to zero in an objectively measurable aspect (as quantity, amount, or value) b. made up of few or little units 5. a. of little consequence ; trivial, insignificant <
a small problem
>
b. humble, modest <
a small beginning
>
6. limited in degree 7. a. mean, petty b. reduced to a humiliating position • smallish adjectivesmallness noun Synonyms: small, little, diminutive, minute, tiny, miniature mean noticeably below average in size. small and little are often interchangeable, but small applies more to relative size determined by capacity, value, number <
a relatively small backyard
>
. little is more absolute in implication often carrying the idea of petiteness, pettiness, insignificance, or immaturity <
your pathetic little smile
>
. diminutive implies abnormal smallness <
diminutive bonsai plants
>
. minute implies extreme smallness <
a minute amount of caffeine in the soda
>
. tiny is an informal equivalent to minute <
tiny cracks formed in the painting
>
. miniature applies to an exactly proportioned reproduction on a very small scale <
a dollhouse with miniature furnishings
>
. II. adverb Date: before 12th century 1. in or into small pieces 2. without force or loudness <
speak as small as you will — Shakespeare
>
3. in a small manner III. noun Date: 14th century 1. a part smaller and especially narrower than the remainder <
the small of the back
>
2. a. plural small-sized products b. plural, chiefly British smallclothes; especially underwear

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