Found 2 items, similar to small letter.
English → English
Definition: small letter
n : the characters that were once kept in bottom half of a
compositor's type case [syn: lower case
, lower-case letter
] [ant: capital
English → English
Definition: Small letter
(sm[add]l), a. [Compar. Smaller
.] [OE. small, AS. sm[ae]l; akin to D. smal narrow,
OS. & OHG. smal small, G. schmal narrow, Dan. & Sw. smal,
Goth. smals small, Icel. smali smal cattle, sheep, or goats;
cf. Gr. mh^lon a sheep or goat.]
1. Having little size, compared with other things of the same
kind; little in quantity or degree; diminutive; not large
or extended in dimension; not great; not much;
inconsiderable; as, a small man; a small river.
Great things with small. --Milton.
2. Being of slight consequence; feeble in influence or
importance; unimportant; trivial; insignificant; as, a
small fault; a small business.
3. Envincing little worth or ability; not large-minded; --
sometimes, in reproach, paltry; mean.
A true delineation of the smallest man is capable of
interesting the greatest man. --Carlyle.
4. Not prolonged in duration; not extended in time; short;
as, after a small space. --Shak.
5. Weak; slender; fine; gentle; soft; not loud. “A still,
--1 Kings xix. 12.
Great and small
,of all ranks or degrees; -- used especially
of persons. “His quests, great and small.”
, muskets, rifles, pistols, etc., in distinction
. See under Beer
(a) Little coals of wood formerly used to light fires.
(b) Coal about the size of a hazelnut, separated from the
coarser parts by screening.
(Naut.), a vessel, or vessels in general, of a
. See under Fruit
, a certain size of paper. See under Paper
. See under Hour
. (Print.), a lower-case letter. See
, and Capital letter
, under Capital
, a Scotch coin worth about 21/4d. sterling, or
. See the Note under 1st Register
(Naut.), spun yarn, marline, and the smallest
kinds of rope. --R. H. Dana, Jr.
, light or trifling conversation; chitchat.
(Com.), various small textile articles, as
tapes, braid, tringe, and the like. --M`Culloch.