See also 187. GRANDEUR .
- Medicine. a disease resulting from abnormal activity of the pituitary gland in which bones of the extremities are enlarged. —acromegalic, adj.
- a person of enormous size, as from Brobdingnag in Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. Cf. Lilliputian .
- the process of decreasing in size. —decrescent, adj.
- Medicine. the condition of being dwarfed or a dwarf. Also called nanism .
- smallness of size. —exiguous, adj.
- Medicine. the condition of abnormally great development in size or stature of the whole body or any of its parts, most often caused by a pituitary disorder. Cf. nanism .
- the study of giants.
- abnormal development, especially increased size, in plants or animals, usually as a result of crossbreeding.
- 1. a small man or midget.
- 2. formerly, the microcosmic human form believed to be present in spermatozoon.
- excessive growth of tissue or of an organ, independent of and out of proportion to the rest of the body. Cf. hypoplasia . See also 319. PLANTS . —hypertrophic, hypertrophical, adj. —hypertrophous, adj.
- a condition in which tissue or an organ of the body fails to grow to normal size. Cf. hypertrophy. —hypoplastic, adj.
- the process of increasing in size, or waxing, as the moon. —increscent, adj.
- the quality of being immoderate, disordered, or without restraint or proportion. — inordinate, adj.
- a diminutive person, about the height of an ink bottle, as from Lilliput in Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. Cf. Brobdingnagian .
- a mania for becoming larger.
- the condition of having an abnormally large body. —macrosomatous, adj.
- manikin, mannikin
- 1. a dwarf, pygmy, or man of small stature.
- 2. a model of the human body, as used for teaching purposes in art, anatomy, etc. Also spelled mannequin .
- the study, examination, or description of things that are so small they must be viewed through a microscope. — micrograph, n. —micrographic, adj.
- a mania for becoming smaller.
- the state of having large and grand characteristics. — monumentallty, n.
- Medicine. the condition of dwarfishness. Cf. gigantism .
- 1. the condition of being a pygmy.
- 2. the behavior attributed to or characteristic of pygmies.
size1 / sīz/ • n. 1. the relative extent of something; a thing's overall dimensions or magnitude; how big something is: the schools varied in size a forest the size of Connecticut| houses of all sizes. ∎ extensive dimensions or magnitude: she seemed slightly awed by the size of the building.2. each of the classes, typically numbered, into which garments or other articles are divided according to how large they are: I can never find anything in my size. ∎ a person or garment corresponding to such a numbered class: she's a size 10.• v. [tr.] alter or sort in terms of size or according to size: some drills are sized in millimeters. ∎ (size something up) estimate or measure something's dimensions: she was trying to size up a room with a tape measure. ∎ (size someone/something up) inf. form an estimate or rough judgment of someone or something: the two men sized each other up.• adj. [in comb.] having a specified size; sized: marble-size chunks of hail.PHRASES: of a size (of two or more people or things) having the same dimensions.of some size fairly large.that's about the size of it inf. said to confirm someone's assessment of a situation, esp. of one regarded as bad.to size to the dimensions wanted: the PVC sheet is easily cut to size.DERIVATIVES: siz·er n.size2 • n. a gelatinous solution used in gilding paper, stiffening textiles, and preparing plastered walls for decoration.• v. [tr.] treat with size to glaze or stiffen.
A. (dial.) assize(s); †ordinance for payment of tax, etc. XIII; †fixed standard of food, etc. XIV;
B. magnitude XIV. — OF. sise, size, aphetic of assise ASSIZE, or aphetic var. of Eng. word.
So size vb.1 XIV; hence siz(e)able fairly large. XVII. Hence sizar at the Univ. of Cambridge, an undergraduate receiving a fixed allowance of food, etc XVI.
Hence size vb.2 XVII.