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Size appears in the following tongue twister:

  • The Leith police dismisseth us
    They thought we sought to stay;
    The Leith police dismisseth us
    They thought we'd stay all day.
    The Leith police dismisseth us,
    We both sighed sighs apiece;
    And the sighs that we sighed as we said goodbye
    Were the size of the Leith police.

Size appears in the following pangrams (sentences using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Back in June we delivered oxygen equipment of the same size. (49 letters)
  • Jack typed requisitions for white moving boxes (long size). (48 letters)
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Usage statistics for the noun size:

conversational speech52.38%task-oriented speech47.62%

Size is sometimes a misspelling of cease.

The word size is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun size

What does size mean as a name of something?

Size is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: sizes

  1. the physical magnitude of something (how big it is)
    • example: a wolf is about the size of a large dog
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: magnitude = the property of relative size or extent
    • more specific words:
    • attributes:
      • large / big = above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent
      • little / small = limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent
  2. the property resulting from being one of a series of graduated measurements (as of clothing)
    • example: he wears a size 13 shoe
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: property = a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class
    • more specific terms:
      • extra large = a garment size for a very large person
      • large = a garment size for a large person
      • number = a clothing measurement
      • eightvo / octavo / 8vo = the size of a book whose pages are made by folding a sheet of paper three times to form eight leaves
      • outsize = an unusual garment size
      • petite = a garment size for short or slender women
      • quarto / 4to = the size of a book whose pages are made by folding a sheet of paper twice to form four leaves
      • regular = a garment size for persons of average height and weight
      • small = a garment size for a small person
      • stout = a garment size for a large or heavy person
      • tall = a garment size for a tall person
  3. any glutinous material used to fill pores in surfaces or to stiffen fabrics
    • example: size gives body to a fabric
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • synonym of size: sizing
    • more generic word: filler = used for filling cracks or holes in a surface
  4. the actual state of affairs
    • examples: that's the size of the situation | she hates me, that's about the size of it
    • usage: colloquialism
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of size: size of it
    • more generic terms: situation / state of affairs = the general state of things
  5. a large magnitude
    • examples: he blanched when he saw the size of the bill | the only city of any size in that area
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: magnitude = the property of relative size or extent

Alternative definition of the noun size


  1. [obsolete except dialectal] An assize. [definition from 14th c.]
  2. [obsolete] A regulation determining the amount of money paid in fees, taxes etc. [definition 14th-18th c.]
  3. [obsolete] A fixed standard for the magnitude, quality, quantity etc. of goods, especially food and drink. [definition 15th-17th c.]
  4. The dimensions or magnitude of a thing; how big something is. [definition from 15th c.]
  5. [obsolete] A regulation, piece of ordinance. [definition 15th c.]
  6. A specific set of dimensions for a manufactured article, especially clothing. [definition from 16th c.]
  7. [graph theory] A number of edges in a graph. [definition from 20th c.]
  8. A thin, weak glue used as primer for paper or canvas intended to be painted upon.
  9. Wallpaper paste.
  10. The thickened crust on coagulated blood.

Definition of the adjective size

What does size mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: sizer |

  1. (used in combination) sized

Definition of the verb size

What does size mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: sized | sizing | sizes

  1. cover or stiffen or glaze a porous material with size or sizing (a glutinous substance)
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: coat / surface = put a coat on; cover the surface of
  2. sort according to size
  3. make to a size; bring to a suitable size
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic term: change magnitude = change in size or magnitude
    • more specific words:
      • scale = size or measure according to a scale
      • resize = change the size of

Alternative definition of the verb size


  1. [transitive] To adjust the size of; to make a certain size.
  2. [transitive] To classify or arrange by size.
  3. [transitive, colloquial] To approximate the dimensions, estimate the size of.
  4. [transitive] To apply glue or other primer to a surface which is to be painted.


  1. Size is a musical group.
    • albums: "Size", "Tonight / Daily Matrix", "El Diablo En El Cuerpo", "El Diablo En El Cuerpo 1978-1984"
  2. Size is a musical group.

There are other groups with in their name, like Size 14, Size 42, Pocket Size, Pocket-Size, Down to Size, Brain Size 61, Weak Size Fish, King size terror, Roni Size & DJ Die, Rats of Unusual Size, Roni Size & Reprazent and Roni Size & Cypress Hill.


  1. "Size" is a musical album of Size.
    • released in (24 years ago)
  2. "Size" is a composition.


Size is a Swedish record label founded and owned by Steve Angello.


  1. size is a command line utility originally written for use with the Unix-like operating systems. It processes one or more ELF files and its output are the dimensions of the text, data and uninitialized sections, and their total.
  2. Size: In statistics, the size of a test is the probability of falsely rejecting the null hypothesis. It is denoted by the Greek letter α.
  3. The size of the engine expressed as a volume.
  4. Size: For solid oral dosage forms, size of product, in mm.
  5. The size of the multigraph (digraph, octagraph etc..
  6. The size in which this variation is found.

Phrases with Size

Phrases starting with the word Size:

  1. size up
  2. Size zero
  3. size of it
  4. Size Queen

Phrases ending with the word Size:

  1. Bid Size
  2. Cup Size
  3. Fun size
  4. Man-Size
  5. Mid-Size
  6. Bite-Size
  7. File size
  8. Fist-Size
  9. full-size
  10. half-size
  11. king-size
  12. life-size
  13. pint-size
  14. Plus Size
  15. Twin-Size
  16. queen-size

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Size

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Google previewComputer Concepts: Illustrated Essentials (2013)

by Katherine T. Pinard

Word size refers to the number of bits—the smallest unit of information in a computer—that are processed at one ...

Google previewMicrosoft Office 2013: Illustrated Introductory, First Course (2013)

by David Beskeen

Word size refers to the number of processor, ...

Google previewLotus Illustrated Dictionary of Mathematics (2004)

by Yule Bricks

finite 69 sample size n=l, there is no difference between sampling with and without replacement; the finite population correction is then unity. If the sample size is the entire population of N units, there is no variability in the result of sampling ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Snow, Ice and Glaciers (2011)

by Vijay P. Singh, Pratap Singh, Umesh K. Haritashya

Model for grain size ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Political Communication (2007)

by Lynda Lee Kaid, Christina Holtz-Bacha

First, it is used for a small newspaper format, roughly half the size of the ordinary broadsheet. Second, it stands for various concepts of popular and largely sensationalistic journalism. Not every newspaper, however, ...

Google previewThe Describer's Dictionary: A Treasury of Terms & Literary Quotations (Expanded Second Edition) (2014)

by David Grambs, Ellen S. Levine

SIZE,. POSITION,RELATION,. AND. PROPORTION. GENERAL TERMS large, big huge, vast, great, massive, extensive, bulky, sizable, considerable, ample, substantial, hefty, jumbo, bounteous, oversize, oversized verylarge giant, gigantic , ...

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Quotes about Size

The size of a man is measured by the size of the thing that makes him angry.
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Scrabble value of S1I1Z10E1

The value of this 4-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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