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Meaning of size by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /saɪz/
    • Rhymes: -aɪz
    • Homophone: sighs

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English sise, syse ( “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 ( plural: sizes )

    1. ( obsolete except dialectal ) An assize. [from 14th c.]
    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.]
      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.]
    • See also Wikisaurus:size

    Etymology 2

    Origin uncertain, perhaps related to Etymology 1, above .


    size ( plural: sizes )

    1. A thin, weak glue used as primer for paper or canvas intended to be painted upon .
    2. Wallpaper paste .
    3. The thickened crust on coagulated blood .

    See also

    • wikisource-logo.svg Size in the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica .

Explanation of size by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. make to a size

    2. sort according to size

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

    1. sized

    2. the economy-size package
      average-size house
    1. the property resulting from being one of a series of graduated measurements ( as of clothing )

    2. he wears a size 13 shoe
    3. the physical magnitude of something ( how big it is )

    4. a wolf is about the size of a large dog
    5. a large magnitude

    6. he blanched when he saw the size of the bill
      the only city of any size in that area
    7. the actual state of affairs

    8. that's the size of the situation
      she hates me, that's about the size of it
    9. any glutinous material used to fill pores in surfaces or to stiffen fabrics

    10. size gives body to a fabric

    Definition of size by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Assize 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. assidre to sit by; ad + sedēre to sit. See Sit, Size, and cf. Excise, Assess.]
      1. An assembly of knights and other substantial men, with a bailiff or justice, in a certain place and at a certain time, for public business. [Obs.]

      2. ( Law ) A special kind of jury or inquest. A kind of writ or real action. A verdict or finding of a jury upon such writ. A statute or ordinance in general. Specifically: A statute regulating the weight, measure, and proportions of ingredients and the price of articles sold in the market; as, “the assize of bread and other provisions”; A statute fixing the standard of weights and measures. Anything fixed or reduced to a certainty in point of time, number, quantity, quality, weight, measure, etc.; as, “rent of assize”. Glanvill. Spelman. Cowell. Blackstone. Tomlins. Burrill. [This term is not now used in England in the sense of a writ or real action, and seldom of a jury of any kind, but in Scotch practice it is still technically applied to the jury in criminal cases. Stephen. Burrill. Erskine.] A court, the sitting or session of a court, for the trial of processes, whether civil or criminal, by a judge and jury. Blackstone. Wharton. Encyc. Brit. The periodical
      sessions of the judges of the superior courts in every county of England for the purpose of administering justice in the trial and determination of civil and criminal cases; -- usually in the plural. Brande. Wharton. Craig. Burrill. The time or place of holding the court of assize; -- generally in the plural, assizes.

      3. Measure; dimension; size. [In this sense now corrupted into size.]

      An hundred cubits high by just assize. Spenser.

      [Formerly written, as in French, assise.]

    2. Size n. [See Sice, and Sise.] Six.

    3. 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 bulk.]
      1. A thin, weak glue used in various trades, as in painting, bookbinding, paper making, etc.

      2. Any viscous substance, as gilder's varnish.

    4. Size, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Sizing.] To cover with size; to prepare with size.

    5. 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.

      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.

      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”.

      4. Figurative bulk; condition as to rank, ability, character, etc.; as, “the office demands a man of larger size”.

      Men of a less size and quality. L'Estrange.

      The middling or lower size of people. Swift.

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

      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.

      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.

      Syn. -- Dimension; bigness; largeness; greatness; magnitude.

    6. Size, v. t.
      1. To fix the standard of. “To size weights and measures.” [R.] Bacon.

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

      3. To swell; to increase the bulk of. Beau. & Fl.

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

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

      We had to size up our fellow legislators. The Century.

    7. Size, v. i.
      1. To take greater size; to increase in size.

      Our desires give them fashion, and so,

      As they wax lesser, fall, as they size, grow. Donne.

      2. ( Univ. of Cambridge, Eng. ) To order food or drink from the buttery; hence, to enter a score, as upon the buttery book.