adjective, smaller, smallest.
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) lowercase (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:
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.
when I was a small boy.
adverb, smaller, smallest.
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.
smalls, small goods or products.
household linen, as napkins, pillowcases, etc.
smalls, British Informal. the responsions at Oxford University.
smalls, Mining. coal, ore, gangue, etc., in fine particles.
feel small, to be ashamed or mortified:
Her unselfishness made me feel small.
comparatively little; limited in size, number, importance, etc
of little importance or on a minor scale: a small business
lacking in moral or mental breadth or depth: a small mind
modest or humble: small beginnings
of low or inferior status, esp socially
(of a child or animal) young; not mature
unimportant, trivial: a small matter
not outstanding: a small actor
of, relating to, or designating the ordinary modern minuscule letter used in printing and cursive writing Compare capital1 (sense 13) See also lower case
lacking great strength or force: a small effort
in fine particles: small gravel
(obsolete) (of beer, etc) of low alcoholic strength
into small pieces: you have to cut it small
in a small or soft manner
feel small, to be humiliated or inferior
the small, an object, person, or group considered to be small: do you want the small or the large?
a small slender part, esp of the back
(pl) (informal, mainly Brit) items of personal laundry, such as underwear
noun 1. elm bark beetle (def 1).
- Smaller muscle of helix
smaller muscle of helix small·er muscle of helix (smô’lər) n. A band of oblique muscular fibers that cover the ridge that runs from the helix backward and that divide the concha auriculae.
- Smaller pectoral muscle
smaller pectoral muscle n. A muscle with origin from the third to the fifth ribs, with insertion into the coracoid process of the scapula, with nerve supply from the anterior thoracic nerve, and whose action lowers the scapula or raises the ribs.
- Smaller psoas muscle
smaller psoas muscle n. An inconstant muscle with origin from the twelfth thoracic and the first lumbar vertebrae and the disk between them, with insertion into the iliopubic eminence, with nerve supply from the lumbar plexus, and whose action assists in the flexion of the lumbar spine.