Size meaning

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To make of a certain size.
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Any of a series of graduated categories of dimension whereby manufactured articles, such as shoes and clothing, are classified.
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Character, value, or status with reference to relative importance or the capacity to meet given requirements.

Try this proposal on for size.

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To arrange, classify, or distribute according to size.
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To make, cut, or shape to a required size.
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Sized. Often used in combination.

Bite-size appetizers; an economy-size package.

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Any of several gelatinous or glutinous substances usually made from glue, wax, or clay and used as a glaze or filler for porous materials such as paper, cloth, or wall surfaces.
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To treat or coat with size or a similar substance.
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That quality of a thing which determines how much space it occupies; dimensions or magnitude of a thing.
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Any of a series of graded classifications of measure into which merchandise is divided.

Jumbo-size peanuts, size nine shoes.

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Actual condition; true state of affairs.

That's the size of it.

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Standard ration or allowance, as of food.
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To arrange or grade according to size.
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Any thin, pasty or gluey substance used as a glaze or filler on porous materials, as on plaster, paper, or cloth.
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To apply size to; fill, stiffen, or glaze with size.
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Life-size.

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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.

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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.

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(graph theory) A number of edges in a graph. [from 20th c.]
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(figuratively, dated) Degree of rank, ability, character, etc.
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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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To adjust the size of; to make a certain size.
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To classify or arrange by size.
  • (military) To take the height of men, in order to place them in the ranks according to their stature.
  • (mining) To sift (pieces of ore or metal) in order to separate the finer from the coarser parts.
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(colloquial) To approximate the dimensions, estimate the size of.
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(intransitive) To take a greater size; to increase in size.
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A thin, weak glue used as primer for paper or canvas intended to be painted upon.
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Wallpaper paste.
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To apply glue or other primer to a surface which is to be painted.
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Size is a measurement or amount of a person or thing.

An example of size is a medium dress.

An example of size is a four feet tall, two feet wide dresser.

An example of size is a six feet tall man with a 36-inch waist.

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The physical dimensions, proportions, magnitude, or extent of an object.
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The actual state of affairs.

That's about the size of the situation.

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Character of a person with regard to ability to meet requirements.
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The thickened crust on coagulated blood.
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Any viscous substance, such as gilder's varnish.
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of a size
  • Of one or the same size.
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size up
  • To make an estimate or judgment of.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

of a size

Origin of size

  • Middle English sise from Old French court session, law short for assise assize
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English sise probably from Old French a setting size1
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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 grÄ«etu, grȳtu (“size, greatness")).
    From Wiktionary
  • Old Italian sisa, a glue used by painters, shortened from assisa, from assiso, to make to sit, to seat, to place.
    From Wiktionary