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Definition of the noun smallness

What does smallness mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: smallnesses

  1. the property of having a relatively small size
  2. the property of being a relatively small amount
    • example: he was attracted by the smallness of the taxes
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: amount = the relative magnitude of something with reference to a criterion
  3. the property of having relatively little strength or vigor
    • example: the smallness of her voice
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of smallness: littleness
    • more generic word: weakness = the property of lacking physical or mental strength
  4. lack of generosity in trifling matters

Alternative definition of the noun smallness


  1. [uncountable] The state or quality of being small.
  2. [countable] The result or product of being small.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Smallness

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Google previewThe Way of the Small (2007)

Why Less Is Truly More by Michael Gellert

Our smallness is a perennial source of anguish, a constant reminder of our insignificance in the cosmic scheme of things. However, if we could only see that our smallness is what makes us great, perhaps we wouldn't need to pretend to be ...

Google previewSmall is Democratic (2000)

An Examination of State Size and Democratic Development by Dana Ott

Another important reason for choosing population size/density as a measure of smallness is that much of the discussion about political relationships in small countries is based on the idea that the number of people is an important condition ...

Google previewMeasuring Vulnerability in Developing Countries (2014)

New Analytical Approaches by Wim Naude, Amelia U. Santos-Paulino, Mark McGillivray, Senior Lecturer in Developmental Studies Mark McGillivray

If social fragmentation constitutes a negative factor for growth and if fragmentation increases with population size, then smallness is an advantage, not a handicap. It needs to be noted that fragmentation as a handicap is not unrelated to ...

Google previewBetting on Theories (1993)

by Patrick Maher

Smallness is a reason for favoring the Volkswagen over the Ford, but on the other hand, speed and safety are reasons to favor the Ford over the Volkswagen. But then, the fact that the Volkswagen is smaller than the Ford is no compelling ...

Google previewThe Religious Thought of Hasidism (1999)

Text and Commentary by Norman Lamm

With regard to worship, smallness is a state of imperfection, whereas greatness is full development to the highest state. Avodah be-katnut, or worship during smallness, contains an element of compulsion, and not the high qualities of fear and ...

Google previewData Mining and Knowledge Discovery Handbook (2006)

by Oded Maimon, Lior Rokach

The smallness refers to the ...

Google previewDelegation in Contemporary Democracies (2006)

by Dietmar Braun, Fabrizio Gilardi

1 Smallness refers to the size of relevant (collective) actors and the number of institutional bodies in the political system in general and at each stage of the delegation ...

Google previewMatching Theory (2009)

by László Lovász, M. D. Plummer

One measure of smallness is that the graph should not contain certain subgraphs. We present a result ...

Google previewPocket Medical Dictionary (1999)

by B. Jain Publishers Staff

Abnormal smallness of the blood-corpuscles. Microcytosis, mi-kro-si-to-sis. See Microcythemia. Microdactyl'ia. Abnormal smallness of the digits. Microdont, mi'- kro-dónt.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Language Development (2014)

by Patricia J. Brooks, Vera Kempe

Crosslinguistically, diminutives are interpreted as a category that expresses smallness, but they arealso associated witha range of additional pragmaticfeatures like attachment, endearment, and sympathy, which make them appropriate for use ...

Google previewMidline Medical Dictionary (2002)

by P. S. Rawat

Abnormal smallness of the blood corpuscles; microcythemia. H&Hvitferriff' IHTKRRT Microcythemia. See Microcythaemia. Microcytic. Pertaining to the microcytes. CIVICitfätrötfraira; Signièr'f''Tsii HH-61 Microcytosis. An increased number of ...

Google previewMosby's Pocket Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions - E-Book (2013)

by Mosby

a developmental defect characterized by abnormal smallness of the arms.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies, Volume 2 (2015)

Indian Metaphysics and Epistemology: The Tradition of Nyaya-Vaisesika up to Gangesa by Karl H. Potter

smallness (anutva), longness (dirghatva), shortness (hrasvatva), and sphericity (pārimandalya). Largeness results from the multiplicity ...

Google previewThe American Heritage Medical Dictionary (2008)

by Houghton Mifflin Company, American Heritage

Abnormal smallness of the stomach. mi-cro-ge"ni"a ...

Google previewCompact American Medical Dictionary (1998)

A Concise and Up-to-date Guide to Medical Terms by Houghton Mifflin Company

Abnormal smallness of the heatt. mi-cro-ceph- a-ly (mi'kro-sef'a-le) n. Abnormal smallness of the head. — mi'cro-ce-phal'ic ...

Google previewBlack's Student Veterinary Dictionary (2017)

Microcephaly Microcephaly is abnormal smallness of the head. Microchips In the animal field, the name is given to electronic chips about the size of rice grains that can be encoded with an identification number and implanted permanently ...

Google previewThe Practitioner's Medical Dictionary (1919)

Containing All the Words and Phrases Generally Used in Medicine and the Allied Sciences, with Their Proper Pronunciation, Derivation, and Definition by George Milbry Gould, Richard John Ernst Scott

Abnormal smallness of the fingers. microdont ...

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Desire for security keeps littleness little and threatens the great with smallness.
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Scrabble value of S1M3A1L1L1N1E1S1S1

The value of this 9-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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