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size

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noun \ˈsīz\

Definition of size

  1. 1 dial British :  assize 2a —usually used in plural

  2. 2 obsolete :  a fixed portion of food or drink

  3. 3a :  physical magnitude, extent, or bulk :  relative or proportionate dimensionsb :  relative aggregate amount or numberc :  considerable proportions :  bigness

  4. 4 :  one of a series of graduated measures especially of manufactured articles (as of clothing) conventionally identified by numbers or letters <a size seven hat>

  5. 5 :  character, quality, or status of a person or thing especially with reference to importance, relative merit, or correspondence to needs <try this idea on for size>

  6. 6 :  actual state of affairs <that's about the size of it>



Origin of size

Middle English sise assize, from Anglo-French, short for assise — more at assize


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with size


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size

verb

Definition of size

sizedsiz·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make a particular size :  bring to proper or suitable size

  3. 2 :  to arrange, grade, or classify according to size or bulk

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to equal in size or other particular characteristic :  compare —usually used with up and often with to or with



1609

First Known Use of size

1609


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size

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adjective \ˈsīz, ˌsīz\

Simple Definition of size

  • : having a specified size

Full Definition of size

  1. :  sized —usually used in combination

1848

First Known Use of size

1848


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size

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noun \ˈsīz\

Definition of size

  1. :  any of various glutinous materials (as preparations of glue, flour, varnish, or resins) used for filling the pores in surfaces (as of paper, textiles, leather, or plaster) or for applying color or metal leaf (as to book edges or covers)



Origin of size

Middle English sise


First Known Use: 15th century

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size

transitive verb

Definition of size

sizedsiz·ing

  1. :  to cover, stiffen, or glaze with or as if with size



1667

First Known Use of size

1667

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