Definition of Small

Pronunciation: smạl
a.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.
To compare
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.
Great and small
of all ranks or degrees; - used especially of persons.
Small arms
muskets, rifles, pistols, etc., in distinction from cannon.
- Chaucer.
Small beer
See under Beer.
Small coal
a - Little coals of wood formerly used to light fires
b - Coal about the size of a hazelnut, separated from the coarser parts by screening.
- Gay.
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.
Small talk
light or trifling conversation; chitchat.
- R. H. Dana, Jr.
Small wares
(Com.) various small textile articles, as tapes, braid, tringe, and the like.
- MCulloch.
adv.1.In or to small extent, quantity, or degree; little; slightly.
2.Not loudly; faintly; timidly.
You may speak as small as you will.
- Shak.
n.1.The small or slender part of a thing; as, the small of the leg or of the back.
3.Same as Little go. See under Little, a.
v. t.1.To make little or less.

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