WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
Smalls  (smôlz),USA pronunciation n. 
  • BiographicalRobert, 1839–1915, U.S. captain in the Union navy and politician, born a slave in South Carolina: congressman 1875–79, 1882–87.

  • WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
    small /smɔl/USA pronunciation   adj. and adv.,  -er, -est, n. 
    adj. 
    1. of limited size;
      little:a small box.
    2. not large when compared with others of the same kind:A small elephant is still pretty big.
    3. Printing[before a noun] (of a written letter) in lowercase.
    4. not great in amount, extent, etc.:a small salary.
    5. carrying on some activity on a limited scale:[before a noun]a small business.
    6. of minor importance:We have a small problem.
    7. mean-spirited;
      petty:a small, miserly man.
    8. (of sound or the voice) having little volume:"What about me, mother?'' he asked in a small voice.
    9. very young:When he was just a small boy his mother died.

    adv. 
    1. in a small manner:writes so small he can put a lot of words on one page.

    n. 
    1. a small or narrow part, as of the back:[countable]a pain in the small of my back.
    2. the small, [plural;  used with a plural verb] people without wealth or influence:Democracy benefits the great and the small.
    3. Clothing
      • [uncountable] a size of garments for persons of less than average dimensions, weight, etc.
      • [countable] a garment in this size.
    Idioms
    1. Idiomsfeel small, [no object] to be ashamed:She made him feel small by screaming at him in public.

    small•ish, adj. 
    small•ness, n. [uncountable]fighting such smallness of mind.

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
    small  (smôl),USA pronunciation adj.,  -er, -est, adv.,  -er, -est, n. 
    adj. 
    1. of limited size;
      of comparatively restricted dimensions;
      not big;
      little:a small box.
    2. slender, thin, or narrow:a small waist.
    3. not large as compared with others of the same kind:a small elephant.
    4. (of letters) lower-case (def. 1).
    5. not great in amount, degree, extent, duration, value, etc.:a small salary.
    6. not great numerically:a small army.
    7. of low numerical value;
      denoted by a low number.
    8. having but little land, capital, power, influence, etc., or carrying on business or some activity on a limited scale:a small enterprise.
    9. of minor importance, moment, weight, or consequence:a small problem.
    10. humble, modest, or unpretentious:small circumstances.
    11. characterized by or indicative of littleness of mind or character;
      mean-spirited;
      petty:a small, miserly man.
    12. of little strength or force:a small effort.
    13. (of sound or the voice) gentle;
      with little volume.
    14. very young:when I was a small boy.
    15. diluted;
      weak.
    16. feel small, to be ashamed or mortified:Her unselfishness made me feel small.

    adv. 
    1. in a small manner:They talked big but lived small.
    2. into small pieces:Slice the cake small.
    3. in low tones;
      softly.

    n. 
    1. something that is small:Do you prefer the small or the large?
    2. a small or narrow part, as of the back.
    3. those who are small:Democracy benefits the great and the small.
    4. smalls, small goods or products.
    5. smalls, [Brit.]
      • underclothes.
      • household linen, as napkins, pillowcases, etc.
    6. smalls, [Brit. Informal.]the responsions at Oxford University.
    7. Miningsmalls, coal, ore, gangue, etc., in fine particles.
    smallness, n. 
    • bef. 900; Middle English smale (adjective, adjectival, noun, nominal, and adverb, adverbial), Old English smæl; cognate with Dutch smal, German schmal
      • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged tiny. See  little. 
      • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged slight.
      • 1, 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged
      • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Smaller, less indicate a diminution, or not so large a size or quantity in some respect.
        Smaller, as applied to concrete objects, is used with reference to size:smaller apples.Less is used of material in bulk, with reference to amount, and in cases where attributes such as value and degree are in question:A nickel is less than a dime(in value). A sergeant is less than a lieutenant (in rank). As an abstraction, amount may be either
        smaller or
        less, though
        smaller is usually used when the idea of size is suggested:a smaller opportunity.Less is used when the idea of quantity is present:less courage.
      • 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged trifling, petty, unimportant, minor, secondary, nugatory, inconsequential, paltry, insignificant.
      • 11.See corresponding entry in Unabridged small-minded, narrow-minded, mean, selfish, narrow.
      • 12.See corresponding entry in Unabridged feeble.
      • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged large, big.

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