size

Primary Meanings of size

1.
nvadj
the physical magnitude of something (how big it is)
sort according to size
(used in combination) sized
2.
nv
any glutinous material used to fill pores in surfaces or to stiffen fabrics
cover or stiffen or glaze a porous material with size or sizing (a glutinous substance)
Full Definitions of size
1

n the physical magnitude of something (how big it is)

“a wolf is about the size of a large dog”
Types:
show 24 types...
hide 24 types...
circumference, perimeter
the size of something as given by the distance around it
bigness, largeness
the property of having a relatively great size
littleness, smallness
the property of having a relatively small size
distance, length
size of the gap between two places
leg
(nautical) the distance traveled by a sailing vessel on a single tack
girth
the distance around a person's body
ampleness
the property of impressive largeness in size
bulkiness, massiveness
an unwieldy largeness
enormousness, grandness, greatness, immenseness, immensity, sizeableness, vastness, wideness
unusual largeness in size or extent or number
capaciousness, commodiousness, roominess, spaciousness
spatial largeness and extensiveness (especially inside a building)
fullness, voluminosity, voluminousness
greatness of volume
giantism, gigantism
excessive largeness of stature
diminutiveness, minuteness, petiteness, tininess, weeness
the property of being very small in size
delicacy, slightness
smallness of stature
grain
the smallest possible unit of anything
puniness, runtiness, stuntedness
smallness of stature
dwarfishness
smallness of stature
arm's length
a distance sufficient to exclude intimacy
gauge
the distance between the rails of a railway or between the wheels of a train
light time
distance measured in terms of the speed of light (or radio waves)
skip distance
the shortest distance that permits radio signals (of a given frequency) to travel from the transmitter to the receiver by reflection from the ionosphere
wingspan, wingspread
linear distance between the extremities of an airfoil
wingspread
distance between the tips of the wings (as of a bird or insect) when fully extended
altitude
the perpendicular distance from the base of a geometric figure to the opposite vertex (or side if parallel)
Type of:
magnitude
the property of relative size or extent (whether large or small)

n the property resulting from being one of a series of graduated measurements (as of clothing)

“he wears a size 13 shoe”
Types:
show 11 types...
hide 11 types...
extra large
a garment size for a very large person
large
a garment size for a large person
number
a clothing measurement
8vo, eightvo, octavo
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 (especially one that is very large)
petite
a garment size for short or slender women
4to, quarto
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
Type of:
property
a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class

n a large magnitude

“he blanched when he saw the size of the bill”
“the only city of any size in that area”
Type of:
magnitude
the property of relative size or extent (whether large or small)

n the actual state of affairs

“that's the size of the situation”
“she hates me, that's about the size of it”
Synonyms:
size of it
Type of:
situation, state of affairs
the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time

v sort according to size

Type of:
assort, class, classify, separate, sort, sort out
arrange or order by classes or categories

v make to a size; bring to a suitable size

Types:
scale
size or measure according to a scale
resize
change the size of; make the size more appropriate
rescale
establish on a new scale
Type of:
change magnitude
change in size or magnitude

adj (used in combination) sized

“the economy- size package”
“average- size house”
Synonyms:
sized
having a specified size
2

n any glutinous material used to fill pores in surfaces or to stiffen fabrics

size gives body to a fabric”
Synonyms:
sizing
Type of:
filler
used for filling cracks or holes in a surface

v cover or stiffen or glaze a porous material with size or sizing (a glutinous substance)

Type of:
coat, surface
put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.