- 1 [mass noun] The relative extent of something; a thing’s overall dimensions or magnitude; how big something is: the schools varied in size a forest the size of Wales [count noun]: firms of all sizesMore example sentences
- The craftspeople construct everything in small scale and the houses range in size up to palaces which can cost as much as a full-sized house.
- The size of the house excluding underground parking is about 4,100 square feet.
- The houses vary in size, with a choice of one to four bedrooms, sleeping up to eight.
- 2Each of the classes, typically numbered, into which garments or other articles are divided according to how large they are: I can never find anything in my sizeMore example sentences
- The dress was a couple of sizes too big and with the belt on, the neckline dipped dangerously low.
- She was barefoot, and wearing only a flowered dress which was a size too big for her skinny frame.
- Vantage offers Big and Tall sizes in seven basics and bestsellers, including a woven shirt, a windshirt, and a sweater.
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- 2.1 (size someone/thing up) • informal Form an estimate or rough judgement of someone or something: the two men sized each other upMore example sentences
- We went in, sat down, had our pints, but I was watching the lads at the bar watching us, and I knew they were wondering, looking, sizing us up.
- He was close to becoming a US citizen when Murdoch began sizing him up for the top job at The Sun.
- And I often see them watching her, sizing her up.
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of some size
- Fairly large: a city of some sizeMore example sentences
- So it would have taken an operation of some size, if the stuff was still there, to get it out of there.
- Underneath the house is a cellar of some size, which is useful for storage.
- The probability of running into someone 200 miles tall is definitely zero; because you have to have a mother of some size, there are physical limitations.
that's about the size of it
- • informal Said to confirm someone’s assessment of a situation, especially of one regarded as bad: ‘So if I drop my opposition to the road you’ll fix it so I don’t lose my job?’ ‘That’s about the size of it.’More example sentences
- He'll do one or two key interviews, and that's about the size of it.
- He enjoys a beer, but that's about the size of it, just as he does a party, a cigarette in his hand and the company of available young women.
- Yes, it is certainly more enjoyable to drive around in an open top car, but that's about the size of it.
- To the dimensions wanted: the PVC sheet is easily cut to sizeMore example sentences
- Let's chop them down to size and then we'll discuss civility and ethics again.
- After cutting the rope down to size James returned to his father's house.
- It'll probably get trimmed down to size before it travels very far, but I was glad to see the playwright's cut.
- [usually in combination]: a pocket-sized computerMore example sentences
- The wheels are mounted with a non-standard sized axle bolt.
- However, like Matt I had plenty of good sized carp.
- About 15 minutes should render the place comfortable with a reasonably sized radiator.
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- Harbor Freight has several ring sizers for sale.
- With the window removed, the surgeon tried various sizers to achieve proper medialization of the cord.
- Trial acetabular sizers are placed in the cavity to further assist with shell size determination.
Middle English (also in the sense 'assize, ordinance fixing a rate of payment'): from Old French sise, from assise 'ordinance', or a shortening of assize.
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- Treat with size to glaze or stiffen: (as adjective sized) paper will adhere to sized walls betterMore example sentences
- Be sure to prime or size any newly applied drywall compound before painting or papering.
- I suggest you also size the walls before doing this, and as your decorator is a traditionalist I am sure he will agree.
Middle English: perhaps the same word as size1.