AskDefine | Define size

Dictionary Definition

size adj : (used in combination) sized; "the economy-size package"; "average-size house"


1 the physical magnitude of something (how big it is); "a wolf is about the size of a large dog"
2 the property resulting from being one of a series of graduated measurements (as of clothing); "he wears a size 13 shoe"
3 any glutinous material used to fill pores in surfaces or to stiffen fabrics; "size gives body to a fabric" [syn: sizing]
4 the actual state of affairs; "that's the size of the situation"; "she hates me, that's about the size of it" [syn: size of it]
5 a large magnitude; "he blanched when he saw the size of the bill"; "the only city of any size in that area"


1 cover or stiffen or glaze a porous material with size or sizing (a glutinous substance)
2 sort according to size
3 make to a size; bring to a suitable size

User Contributed Dictionary



Etymology 1

From Old French cise, sise, apheticism of assise ‘assize’.


  1. The dimensions or magnitude of a thing; how big something is.
    The size of the building seemed to have increased since I was last there.
  2. A specific set of dimensions for clothing etc. seen as fitting a person or set of persons.
    I don't think we have the red one in your size.
  3. A number of edges in a graph.
  4. An assize.
dimensions or magnitude of a thing
  • Czech: velikost
  • Finnish: koko
  • German: Größe
  • Hungarian: méret
  • Japanese: qualifier dimension or magnitude 大きさ; qualifier dimension 寸法; qualifier magnitude 規模
  • Russian: размер, величина, объём
a specific set of dimensions for clothing
  • Finnish: koko
  • German: Größe, Kleidergröße, Konfektionsgröße
  • Hungarian: méret
  • Japanese: サイズ
  • Russian: размер
graph theory: a number of edges in a graph
dialectal: an assize


  1. To adjust the size of; to make a certain size.
  2. To classify or arrange by size.
  3. In the context of "transitive|colloquial": To approximate the dimensions, estimate the size of.
to adjust the size of
  • Finnish: ; sovittaa
  • Japanese: 合わせる
to classify or arrange by size
  • Finnish: ; luokitella/lajitella koon mukaan
  • Japanese: qualifier classify 大きさ順に選別する; qualifier arrange 大きさ順に並べる
to estimate the size of
  • Finnish: ; arvioida koko

Etymology 2

Origin uncertain, perhaps related to Etymology 1, above.


  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.
thin, weak glue intended to be painted upon
  • Finnish: pohjuste
  • Japanese: どうさ
wallpaper paste
  • Finnish: liisteri
  • Japanese: 糊
thickened crust on coagulated blood
  • Finnish: rupi
  • Japanese: 血糊


  1. To apply glue or other primer to a surface which is to be painted.
to apply primer to a surface which is to be painted
  • Finnish: pohjustaa, pohjamaalata
  • Japanese: どうさをひく

Extensive Definition

The word size may refer to how big something is. In particular:
Size can also refer to:
  • Sizing, gelatinous or glutinous substances used as a glaze or filler for porous materials such as paper or cloth
size in Welsh: Maint
size in German: Größe
size in Modern Greek (1453-): Μέγεθος
size in Spanish: Tamaño
size in Dutch: Afmeting
size in Japanese: サイズ
size in Portuguese: Tamanho
size in Russian: Размер

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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