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Definition of "small" []

  • Being below the average in size or magnitude. (adjective)
  • Limited in importance or significance; trivial: a small matter. (adjective)
  • Limited in degree or scope: small farm operations. (adjective)
  • Lacking position, influence, or status; minor: "A crowd of small writers had vainly attempted to rival Addison” ( Thomas Macaulay). (adjective)
  • Unpretentious; modest: made a small living; helped the cause in my own small way. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "small" in a sentence
  • "  Happy memories include, the small small bed that Rick had when we met…. it was small…. it was great…., the lack of hangers, the big screen TV that took my mind off of the past a lot of nights, the hamburgers and cheese and crazy nights of eating dinner at midnight…. it was like being in college… never alone… and much activity."
  • "To form them use two very small coffeespoons or eggspoons, as the quenelles should not be larger than _small_ olives; butter the spoons slightly, and when formed drop each for one or two minutes into boiling pale-colored stock."
  • "_Caution_: If the patient is an infant or small child, blow _small puffs_ of air into him about 20 times a minute."