Pronunciation: (smôl), [key]
— adj., adv., n. -er, -est, -er, -est,
- of limited size; of comparatively restricted dimensions; not big; little: a small box.
- slender, thin, or narrow: a small waist.
- not large as compared with others of the same kind: a small elephant.
- (of letters) lower-case (def. 1).
- not great in amount, degree, extent, duration, value, etc.: a small salary.
- not great numerically: a small army.
- of low numerical value; denoted by a low number.
- having but little land, capital, power, influence, etc., or carrying on business or some activity on a limited scale: a small enterprise.
- of minor importance, moment, weight, or consequence: a small problem.
- humble, modest, or unpretentious: small circumstances.
- characterized by or indicative of littleness of mind or character; mean-spirited; petty: a small, miserly man.
- of little strength or force: a small effort.
- (of sound or the voice) gentle; with little volume.
- very young: when I was a small boy.
- diluted; weak.
- to be ashamed or mortified: Her unselfishness made me feel small.
- in a small manner: They talked big but lived small.
- into small pieces: Slice the cake small.
- in low tones; softly.
- something that is small: Do you prefer the small or the large?
- a small or narrow part, as of the back.
- those who are small: Democracy benefits the great and the small.
- small goods or products.
- household linen, as napkins, pillowcases, etc.
- the responsions at Oxford University.
- coal, ore, gangue, etc., in fine particles.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.