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
- Smallest cardiac vein
smallest cardiac vein n. Any of the numerous small venous channels that open directly into the chambers of the heart from the capillary bed in the cardiac wall.
- Smallest scalene muscle
smallest scalene muscle small·est scalene muscle (smô’lĭst) n. An occasional independent muscular fasciculus between the anterior scalene and the middle scalene muscles, having the same action and innervation.
- Small fortune
- Small forward
noun 1. (basketball) a versatile attacking player