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Meaning of size

size

Pronunciation: (sīz), [key]
— n., v., sized, siz•ing.
—n.
  1. the spatial dimensions, proportions, magnitude, or bulk of anything: the size of a farm; the size of the fish you caught.
  2. considerable or great magnitude: to seek size rather than quality.
  3. one of a series of graduated measures for articles of manufacture or trade: children's sizes of shoes.
  4. extent; amount; range: a fortune of great size.
  5. actual condition, circumstance, or state of affairs: That's about the size of it.
  6. a number of population or contents: What size is Springfield, Illinois? The size of that last shipment was only a dozen.
  7. a fixed standard of quality or quantity, as for food or drink.
  8. of the same or similar size: The two poodles are of a size.
  9. We'll try the plan on for size to see whether it's practical.
    1. to put on briefly in order to test the fit of, as a garment or shoes.
    2. to consider, evaluate, do, or use before taking further action:We'll try the plan on for size to see whether it's practical.
—v.t.
  1. to separate or sort according to size.
  2. to make of a certain size.
  3. to press (a sintered compact) to close tolerances.
  4. to regulate or control according to a fixed standard.
  5. They sized him up with a look.
    1. to form an estimate of (a situation, person, etc.); judge:They sized him up with a look.
    2. to meet a certain standard:He doesn't size up to my expectations.

size

Pronunciation: (sīz), [key]
— n., v., sized, siz•ing.
—n.
  1. any of various gelatinous or glutinous preparations made from glue, starch, etc., used for filling the pores of cloth, paper, etc., or as an adhesive ground for gold leaf on books.
—v.t.
  1. to coat or treat with size.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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