miniature applies to an exactly proportioned reproduction on a very small scale.
a dollhouse with miniature furnishings
Examples of small in a Sentence
They live in a small house.
a small glass of soda
She moved to a smaller town.
The toy is small enough to fit in my pocket.
This room is a little smaller than that one.
The movie was a small success.
There are still a few small details we have to deal with.
It's only a small mistake.
The change had only a small impact on the community. Noun
These shirts are all smalls.
“What size ice-cream cones do you want?” “We'll take three larges and a small.” See More
Recent Examples on the Web
But as World War II rolled in a few years later, tree decorations became more modest, and in 1942, three smaller trees were lit in lieu of one huge tree.—Tom Winter, NBC News, 30 Nov. 2023 During a conversation in his home studio perched on a small hill in L.A, Erick recalls the path that led him to this moment.—Charisma Madarang, Rolling Stone, 29 Nov. 2023 Historically, researchers have used smaller planes or ships to travel to and from the rugged continent and deliver supplies.—Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Nov. 2023 The Coast Guard received an emergency call around 2:45 p.m. reporting the crash off the coast of Yakushima, a small, remote island in the Kagoshima prefecture, in the southernmost part of Japan.—Julia Mio Inuma, Washington Post, 29 Nov. 2023 According to the American Kennel Club, Great Danes and Newfoundlands typically live seven to eight years, while smaller dogs — think Chihuahuas and Miniature Poodles — live an average of 20 years.—Kate Gibson, CBS News, 29 Nov. 2023 Finally, there’s the small matter of her nine Grammy nominations.—Jem Aswad, Variety, 29 Nov. 2023 Schools that operate on their own water systems, a much smaller number, do have some requirements to test and disclose their lead data.—Megan Christie, ABC News, 17 Nov. 2023 And a multipolar world, where several great powers jostle for advantage on the global stage, harbors the potential for more conflicts, large and small.—Paul Poast, The Atlantic, 17 Nov. 2023
The duo is starting small, performing their procedures at the outpatient surgery facility Endo-Surgical Center of Florida on North Dean Road.—Naseem S. Miller, OrlandoSentinel.com, 13 May 2017
What started as a small niche carved out for Black comics in the small of the Store has become its own institution within the club that welcomes everyone of all shades, to get on the mic.—Nate Jackson, Los Angeles Times, 11 Oct. 2023 According to the Dunkin’ app, ordering a small comes with 590 calories, a medium with 830, and a large with 1,080.—Abby Wilson, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Sep. 2023 The big are getting bigger, and the small are struggling.—Laia Garcia-Furtado, Vogue, 22 June 2023 Get a small for $5.99, medium for $8.99 or large for $11.50.—Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 5 May 2023 The large colander is recommended for pasta and heavy fruits and veggies such as potatoes; the medium is best suited for small to medium sized fruits and veggies such as bell peppers; and the small is best suited for produce like berries and grapes.—L. Daniela Alvarez, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Mar. 2023 The set features one mini pedestal that’s three inches tall, one small that’s 4.5 inches tall, and a large that’s 5.75 inches tall.—Stephanie Osmanski, Southern Living, 20 July 2023 Now, brush aside your overcoat and tuck the object snugly into the waist of your pants at the small of your back.—Michael Finkel, Time, 14 June 2023 The woman was 5′1″ and weighed 111 pounds, with fair skin, strawberry blonde-red hair, blue eyes, neon green-colored finger and toenails, with a tattoo on the small of her back depicting a bird feather with birds flying out of it, officials said.—Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 5 June 2023 See More
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Middle English smal, from Old English smæl; akin to Old High German smal small, Greek mēlon small domestic animal
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1