Definition of small in English:
- Its high performance in a small case size also means that the costs can be reduced by using fewer or smaller capacitors.
- The precision of variance components is reduced when sample size is small.
- Staff revealed that four ovens were situated on the ground floor, two electric and two gas, each the same size as a small car.
- Both areas were receiving small amounts of money over the years but little progress was being made.
- Prior to the euro, some countries used notes for quite small amounts of money.
- It is making me ridiculously happy, so it must have been worth the small amount of money I spent.
- As a small boy Johnnie grew up to know and love those lovely hills that surrounded his home in Castlerock.
- Neither did they know of the sacrifices made by small boy, grown beyond his years, so that he could keep them all safe.
- The gland is very small in babies and grows at the time of puberty in response to testosterone secreted by the testicles.
- The flowers seem small and insignificant during the day but at twilight they glow in the fading light and look beautiful.
- He was small and insignificant but had a firearm trained on my navel.
- The peaks of Glen Shiel loomed over and made me feel deliciously small and insignificant.
- It is at this point, though, that a small voice breaks in to ask, cui bono?
- She came back towards us and asked in a small voice if she could have our autographs.
- Rosie was speaking in a small voice, turning back to the floor as they made their way out the school building.
- The study showed that small business owners and managers felt they came up with seven good ideas a month.
- It is appealing for other small business owners to pay for booklets for their local school.
- He said the experience gave him a new appreciation for small business owners.
noun(smalls) British informal Back to top
- Do we know if secreted about his smalls he has a pair of boxer shorts in either the ancient or red tartan of his venerable clanspersons?
- Most retail philistines won't quite see what all the fuss is about; smalls are smalls, they murmur, no matter where they are sold.
- If I could now ask you to drop your trousers and smalls…
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A word recorded since around ad 700. In Old English it could refer to something slender or narrow as well as something more generally of less than usual size. From the 16th century small beer was a term for weaker beer, the sort that people drank for breakfast when water supplies were unsafe. In Macbeth Iago dismisses women as fit only to ‘chronicle small beer’, and from this sort of use developed the sense of something insignificant. Small potatoes started out as a phrase in American English, usually in the fuller form small potatoes and few in the hill—an expression used by Davy Crockett in 1836. The phrase small is beautiful, suggesting that something small-scale is better than a large-scale equivalent, comes from the title of a book by E. F. Schumacher, published in 1973. It is perhaps best known as a slogan adopted by environmentalists.
feel (or look) small
- Feel (or look) contemptibly weak or insignificant.Example sentences
foolish, stupid, insignificant, unimportant;embarrassed, humiliated, uncomfortable, mortified, ashamed;crushed
- Are there some people or situations that make you feel small or weak when you encounter them?
- Freshmen stood timidly together in circles, looking small and insignificant.
- He looked small and weak underneath the pale blue lab coat.
it's a small world
- Used to express surprise at meeting an acquaintance or discovering a personal connection in a distant place or an unexpected context.Example sentences
- Meeting you set me to thinking what a small world it was which was topped off by discovering that Rodney's girlfriend's mum walks her dog in the same place that I do, and I know her, and her three legged beastie!
- Her last address is in… well, what a small world, Salisbury, Massachusetts.
- ‘Really,’ he said, ‘I'm from Glendale, Arizona--what a small world.’
no small ——
- A good deal of ——: a matter of no small consequenceMore example sentences
- T.S. Eliot went to no small pains to energetically denounce the ‘epidemic’ that was ‘Bergsonism.’
- Even minor things can bungle hard work, and English materials in international events are no small problems.
- They are building homes again as you read this, and in no small numbers either.
the small of the back
- The part of a person’s back where the spine curves in at the level of the waist.Example sentences
- The needle is passed into the space between two of the spinal bones in the small of the back (lumbar vertebrae).
- When this occurs, it usually occurs on the anterior or posterior thigh or the small of the back.
- If the chair back stops at the level of the small of the back, or anywhere below the shoulder blades, it is best given a curve.
- informal Something insignificant or unimportant: her business was small potatoesMore example sentences
- In a year when our public school board was usurped by a provincial appointee and the prospect of a 40-cent TTC fare hike was raised, these achievements may seem like small potatoes.
- It's also small potatoes when compared to the estimated $464 million Ottawa spent on drug enforcement between 1999-2000.
- I realize that this is small potatoes in the grand scheme of government encroachments into private enterprise, but it is a no-brainer for someone who even leans libertarian.
- Example sentences
- This resilient family set about having the house rebuilt, a smallish house as this was the time of building restrictions.
- They also offered bribes to analysts for two smallish brokerage firms in return for favourable investment reports.
- We wash using the old-fashioned way - a smallish tub full of water, a ladle, a loofah, soap and shampoo.
- Example sentences
- In the attempt to find something flattering to say about her, the press widely remarked upon the smallness and delicacy of her feet and the beauty of her footwear.
- And given the Earth's relative smallness on the galactic line, chances are it won't be hitting us.
- This portional smallness is ingrained in Japan where, traditionally, food portion size is diminished and the aesthetic expanded.
Words that rhyme with smallall, appal (US appall), awl, Bacall, ball, bawl, befall, Bengal, brawl, call, caul, crawl, Donegal, drawl, drywall, enthral (US enthrall), fall, forestall, gall, Galle, Gaul, hall, haul, maul, miaul, miscall, Montreal, Naipaul, Nepal, orle, pall, Paul, pawl, Saul, schorl, scrawl, seawall, Senegal, shawl, sprawl, squall, stall, stonewall, tall, thrall, trawl, wall, waul, wherewithal, withal, yawl
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