Size

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, aside from the regular dinner at commons; -- corresponding to battel at Oxford. [1913 Webster]

3. Extent of superficies or volume; bulk; bigness; magnitude; as, the size of a tree or of a mast; the size of a ship or of a rock. [1913 Webster]

4. Figurative bulk; condition as to rank, ability, character, etc.; as, the office demands a man of larger size. [1913 Webster]

Men of a less size and quality. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]

The middling or lower size of people. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

5. A conventional relative measure of dimension, as for shoes, gloves, and other articles made up for sale. [1913 Webster]

6. An instrument consisting of a number of perforated gauges fastened together at one end by a rivet, -- used for ascertaining the size of pearls. --Knight. [1913 Webster]

{Size roll}, a small piese of parchment added to a roll.

{Size stick}, a measuring stick used by shoemakers for ascertaining the size of the foot. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Dimension; bigness; largeness; greatness; magnitude. [1913 Webster]


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  • 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… …   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 — 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

  • Size roll — 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

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