Size

Size Size, v. t. 1. To fix the standard of. ``To size weights and measures.'' [R.] --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. To adjust or arrange according to size or bulk. Specifically: (a) (Mil.) To take the height of men, in order to place them in the ranks according to their stature. (b) (Mining) To sift, as pieces of ore or metal, in order to separate the finer from the coarser parts. [1913 Webster]

3. To swell; to increase the bulk of. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

4. (Mech.) To bring or adjust anything exactly to a required dimension, as by cutting. [1913 Webster]

{To size up}, to estimate or ascertain the character and ability of. See 4th {Size}, 4. [Slang, U.S.] [1913 Webster]

We had to size up our fellow legislators. --The Century. [1913 Webster]


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  • Size — Size, n. [Abbrev. from assize. See {Assize}, and cf. {Size} glue.] 1. A settled quantity or allowance. See {Assize}. [Obs.] To scant my sizes. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. (Univ. of Cambridge, Eng.) An allowance of food and drink from the buttery,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Size — Size, v. i. 1. To take greater size; to increase in size. [1913 Webster] Our desires give them fashion, and so, As they wax lesser, fall, as they size, grow. Donne. [1913 Webster] 2. (Univ. of Cambridge, Eng.) To order food or drink from the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Size — Size, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sizing}.] To cover with size; to prepare with size. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Size — Size, n. [OIt. sisa glue used by painters, shortened fr. assisa, fr. assidere, p. p. assiso, to make to sit, to seat, to place, L. assidere to sit down; ad + sidere to sit down, akin to sedere to sit. See {Sit}, v. i., and cf. {Assize}, {Size}… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Size — Size, n. [See {Sice}, and {Sise}.] Six. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • size — I. noun Etymology: Middle English sise assize, from Anglo French, short for assise more at assize Date: 13th century 1. dialect British assize 2a usually used in plural 2. obsolete a fixed portion of food or drink 3. a. physical magnitude, extent …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Size — The word size may refer to how big something is. In particular: * Measurement * Dimensions: length, width, height, diameter, perimeter, area, volume * Clothing sizes such as shoe size or dress size * Body dimensions **Human height **Human weight… …   Wikipedia

  • Size 14 — Infobox musical artist Name = Size 14 Img capt = Img size = 175 Landscape = Background = group or band Alias = Origin = Hollywood, California,USA Genre = Alternative rock, Indie rock Years active = 1996 1998 Label = Volcano Records Associated… …   Wikipedia

  • size — Assize As*size , n. [OE. assise, asise, OF. assise, F. assises, assembly of judges, the decree pronounced by them, tax, impost, fr. assis, assise, p. p. of asseoir, fr. L. assid?re to sit by; ad + sed[=e]re to sit. See {Sit}, {Size}, and cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • size up — transitive verb Date: 1884 to form a judgment of < size up the situation > …   New Collegiate Dictionary


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