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size definition


This page has 26 definitions of size with English translations in 4 languages. Size is a noun, verb and pronoun. Examples of how to use size in a sentence are shown. Also define these 73 related words and terms: assize, amount, fees, taxes, standard, dimensions, magnitude, regulation, ordinance, dimension, clothing, graph theory, edges, graph, instrument, perforate, gauge, rivet, pearl, computing, file size, classify, military, height, rank, stature, mining, sift, food, drink, buttery, score, glue, primer, canvas, paste, crust, blood, viscous, gilder, varnish, , 一個, 傻仔, , , , , 自己, , 一日, , 不過, 市集, 發現, 所以, 唔知, , , 鄭人買履, 經常, , 網上, 見到, 有人, , 波鞋, , , 白色, 勞工, siz, and you.

See also: siže

English size definition


Etymology 1

From Middle English syse, sise (regulation, control, limit), from Old French cise, sise, aphetism of assise (assize). Displaced native Middle English grete, grette (size) (from Old English grīetu, grȳtu (size, greatness)).


size (countable and uncountable, plural sizes)

  1. (obsolete outside dialects) An assize. [from 14th c.]
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, page 560:
      I know you would have women above the law, but it is all a lye; I heard his lordship say at size, that no one is above the law.
  2. (obsolete) A regulation determining the amount of money paid in fees, taxes etc. [14th-18th c.]
  3. (obsolete) A fixed standard for the magnitude, quality, quantity etc. of goods, especially food and drink. [15th-17th c.]
  4. The dimensions or magnitude of a thing; how big something is. [from 15th c.]
    • 2013 July 20, “Welcome to the plastisphere”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8845:
      [The researchers] noticed many of their pieces of [plastic marine] debris sported surface pits around two microns across. Such pits are about the size of a bacterial cell. Closer examination showed that some of these pits did, indeed, contain bacteria, […].
    The size of the building seemed to have increased since I was last there.
  5. (obsolete) A regulation, piece of ordinance. [15th c.]
  6. A specific set of dimensions for a manufactured article, especially clothing. [from 16th c.]
    I don't think we have the red one in your size.
  7. (graph theory) A number of edges in a graph. [from 20th c.]
  8. (figuratively, dated) Degree of rank, ability, character, etc.
  9. An instrument consisting of a number of perforated gauges fastened together at one end by a rivet, used for measuring the size of pearls.
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    • Gauge definition
      A measure; a standard of measure; an instrument to determine dimensions, distance, or capacity; a standard (1 of 16 gauge definitions)
    • Pearl definition
      A shelly concretion, usually rounded, and having a brilliant luster, with varying tints, found in the mantle, or between the mantle and shell, of certain bivalve mollusks, especially in the pearl oysters and river mussels, and sometimes in certain univalves. It is usually due to a secretion of shelly substance around some irritating foreign particle. Its substance is the same as nacre, or mother-of-pearl. Round lustrous pearls are used in jewellery. (1 of 12 pearl definitions)
  10. (computing) file size
    • File Size definition
      The length of a file, often specified in bytes.
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size (third-person singular simple present sizes, present participle sizing, simple past and past participle sized)

  1. (transitive) To adjust the size of; to make a certain size.
  2. (transitive) To classify or arrange by size.
    1. (military) To take the height of men, in order to place them in the ranks according to their stature.
    2. (mining) To sift (pieces of ore or metal) in order to separate the finer from the coarser parts.
    • Rank definition
      The symbol for rank.
    • Stature definition
      A person or animal's natural height when standing upright. (1 of 2 stature definitions)
    • Mining definition
      The activity of removing solid valuables from the earth. (1 of 4 mining definitions)
  3. (transitive, colloquial) To approximate the dimensions, estimate the size of.
  4. (intransitive) To take a greater size; to increase in size.
    • after 1633 (first published), John Donne, Farewell to Love
      Our desires give them fashion, and so, / As they wax lesser, fall, as they size, grow.
  5. (Britain, Cambridge University, obsolete) To order food or drink from the buttery; hence, to enter a score, as upon the buttery book.
  6. (transitive, obsolete) To swell; to increase the bulk of.



Etymology 2

From Middle English syse,[1] of unclear origin;[2] related to Old Italian sisa (a glue used by painters),[3] perhaps ultimately related to size / syse (amount),[2][3] or perhaps shortened from assisa, from assiso (to make to sit, to seat, to place)


size (plural sizes)

  1. A thin, weak glue used as primer for paper or canvas intended to be painted upon.
    • Glue definition
      A hard gelatin made by boiling bones and hides, used in solution as an adhesive; or any sticky adhesive substance. (1 of 3 glue definitions)
  2. Wallpaper paste.
  3. The thickened crust on coagulated blood.
  4. Any viscous substance, such as gilder's varnish.


size (third-person singular simple present sizes, present participle sizing, simple past and past participle sized)

  1. (transitive) To apply glue or other primer to a surface which is to be painted.


  1. ^ size”, in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.
  2. 2.0 2.1 sīse, n.(2).”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-04-25.
  3. 3.0 3.1 size in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

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Chinese size definition

Alternative forms


Borrowed from English size.




  1. (Cantonese) size
    • 一個 definition
      combination of the numeral 一 (“one”) and the generic classifier 個/个: a; an; one (1 of 2 一個 definitions)
    • definition
      time; whenever
    • 自己 definition
      self; oneself
    • definition
      -ive, -like, -ish, -ic, -ical, -y, kind of, sort of
    • definition
      alternative spelling of 靴 (“piece of footwear”)
    • 發現 definition
      to discover; to find; to find out
    • 唔知 definition
      to not know
    • definition
      alternative spelling of 足 (“foot; leg”)
    • definition
    • 鄭人買履 definition
      a person who rigidly adheres to rules and regulations (or established convention), while at the same time ignoring the reality of a situation
    • 經常 definition
      often; regularly; frequently
    • definition
      clipping of 在郷 (zaigō): countryside or outskirts
    • 網上 definition
      on the Internet; online
    • 見到 definition
      to see
    • 有人 definition
      to have someone there; to be occupied; to be manned
    • definition
      alternative form of 問い
    • 波鞋 definition
      sneakers; trainers; athletic shoes
    • definition
      a male given name
    • definition
      the act of dwelling, residing, living in a place (1 of 2 住 definitions)
    • 白色 definition
      white (color)


Turkish size definition



  1. dative of siz (you – plural or polite)
    • Siz definition
      you (plural)

Turkmen size definition



  1. dative plural of siz