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Definition 1: a garment size for a small person - [noun denoting attribute]

(small is a kind of ...) the property resulting from being one of a series of graduated measurements (as of clothing)

"he wears a size 13 shoe"

Definition 2: the slender part of the back - [noun denoting body]

(small is a kind of ...) any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity

(... is part of small) the posterior part of a human (or animal) body from the neck to the end of the spine

"his back was nicely tanned"

Definition 3: limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where small or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a little dining room
  • a little house
  • a small car
  • a little (or small) group

Synonyms for small in the sense of this definition

(small is similar to ...) smaller than normal for its kind

(small is similar to ...) extremely small in scale or scope or capability

(small is similar to ...) being on a very small scale

"a miniature camera"

(small is similar to ...) extremely small

"a minuscule kitchen" "a minuscule amount of rain fell"

(small is similar to ...) about the size of an olive

(small is similar to ...) small enough to be carried in a garment pocket

"pocket-size paperbacks"

(small is similar to ...) (used especially of persons) of inferior size

(small is similar to ...) small in quantity

"slender wages" "a slim chance of winning" "a small surplus"

(small is similar to ...) small or little relative to something else

(small is similar to ...) rather small

(small is similar to ...) created or drawn on a small scale

"small-scale maps" "a small-scale model"

(small is similar to ...) so small as to be invisible without a microscope

"differences were microscopic"

(small is similar to ...) smaller in size or amount or value

"the lesser powers of Europe" "the lesser anteater"

(small is similar to ...) immeasurably small

(small is similar to ...) of smaller than atomic dimensions

(small is similar to ...) very small

"diminutive in stature" "a lilliputian chest of drawers" "her petite figure" "tiny feet" "the flyspeck nation of Bahrain moved toward democracy"

(small is similar to ...) (used informally) very small

"a wee tot"

(small is similar to ...) small and unimpressive

"we stayed in a dinky old hotel" "an insignificant sum of money"

(small is similar to ...) atypically small

"dwarf tree" "dwarf star"

(small is similar to ...) small and delicate

"she was an elfin creature--graceful and delicate" "obsessed by things elfin and small"

(small is similar to ...) used of small deformed creatures

(small is similar to ...) half the usual or regular size

(small is similar to ...) infinitely or immeasurably small

"two minute whiplike threads of protoplasm" "reduced to a microscopic scale"

(... are attributes of small) the physical magnitude of something (how big it is)

"a wolf is about the size of a large dog"

Definition 4: on a small scale - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where small or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • think small

Definition 5: made to seem smaller or less (especially in worth) - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where small or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • her comments made me feel small

Synonyms for small in the sense of this definition

(small is similar to ...) made less in size or amount or degree

Definition 6: have fine or very small constituent particles - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where small or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a small misty rain

(small is similar to ...) of textures that are smooth to the touch or substances consisting of relatively small particles

"wood with a fine grain" "fine powdery snow" "fine rain" "batiste is a cotton fabric with a fine weave" "covered with a fine film of dust"

Definition 7: low or inferior in station or quality - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where small or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a humble cottage
  • a lowly parish priest
  • a modest man of the people
  • small beginnings

Synonyms for small in the sense of this definition

(small is similar to ...) of or characteristic of low rank or importance

Definition 8: relatively moderate, limited, or small - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where small or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a small business
  • a newspaper with a modest circulation
  • small-scale plans
  • a pocket-size country

Synonyms for small in the sense of this definition

(small is similar to ...) small in range or scope

"limited war" "a limited success" "a limited circle of friends"

Definition 9: slight or limited; especially in degree or intensity or scope - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where small or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a series of death struggles with small time in between

(small is similar to ...) (quantifier used with mass nouns) small in quantity or degree; not much or almost none or (with `a') at least some

"little rain fell in May" "gave it little thought" "little time is left" "we still have little money" "a little hope remained" "there's slight chance that it will work" "there's a slight chance it will work"

(small is used in the usage domain ...) the use of an archaic expression

Definition 10: lowercase - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where small or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • little a
  • small a
  • e.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters

Synonyms for small in the sense of this definition

(small is similar to ...) relating to small (not capitalized) letters that were kept in the lower half of a compositor's type case

"lowercase letters; a and b and c etc"

Definition 11: not large but sufficient in size or amount - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where small or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a modest salary
  • modest inflation
  • helped in my own small way

Synonyms for small in the sense of this definition

(small is similar to ...) being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme

"moderate prices" "a moderate income" "a moderate fine" "moderate demands" "a moderate estimate" "a moderate eater" "moderate success" "a kitchen of moderate size" "the X-ray showed moderate enlargement of the heart"

Definition 12: (of a voice) faint - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where small or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a little voice
  • a still small voice

Synonyms for small in the sense of this definition

(small is similar to ...) (of sound) relatively low in volume

"soft voices" "soft music"

Definition 13: (of children and animals) young, immature - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where small or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • what a big little boy you are
  • small children

Synonyms for small in the sense of this definition

(small is similar to ...) (used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth

"young people"

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