Main definitions of size in English

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size1

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The relative extent of something; a thing's overall dimensions or magnitude; how big something is.

    ‘the schools varied in size’
    ‘a forest the size of Wales’
    [count noun] ‘firms of all sizes’
    • ‘The judges were more interested in size than overall balance, proportion and symmetry.’
    • ‘While presidents often talk of reducing the size of their White House staff, none actually do.’
    • ‘Territories vary greatly in size, the largest one more than five times the size of the smallest one.’
    • ‘The councils vary in size from seven to fifteen members depending on the size of the settlement they manage.’
    • ‘The craftspeople construct everything in small scale and the houses range in size up to palaces which can cost as much as a full-sized house.’
    • ‘The collection ranges in size from the miniature to those over five feet in height.’
    • ‘I looked over, and for the first time, I noticed that my belly had drastically reduced in size.’
    • ‘They can range in size from the huge Wellingtonia tree to ground cover woodland plants.’
    • ‘The size of the house wasn't really big, but what made it look big was the garden beyond.’
    • ‘Scans of patients' brains showed that the injured area almost doubled in size following treatment.’
    • ‘The size of the pelvic area varies in cows and those with small pelvic areas are more prone to difficulty.’
    • ‘The size of the house excluding underground parking is about 4,100 square feet.’
    • ‘We are retaining the play area although this will be slightly reduced in size.’
    • ‘The sac is often covered by a thin layer of skin and can range in size from the dimensions of a grape to those of a grapefruit.’
    • ‘Even within the main cultivated species, yams vary to a remarkable extent in size, shape, and colour.’
    • ‘The houses vary in size, with a choice of one to four bedrooms, sleeping up to eight.’
    • ‘After 2012, the Olympic stadium would be reduced in size to become a new home for athletics.’
    • ‘All apartments will be for sale and will range in size from 750 to 1500 square feet.’
    • ‘Three weeks ago he was taken off a ventilator and gradually his trachaetomy tube was reduced in size, until it could be removed completely.’
    • ‘If eventually, the hedgerow must be reduced in size, this may be done with a circular saw.’
    dimensions, measurements, proportions, magnitude, largeness, bigness, bulk, area, expanse, square footage, footage, acreage
    breadth, width, length, height, depth
    extent, scope, range, scale
    volume, capacity, mass, weight, avoirdupois
    immensity, amplitude, hugeness, vastness
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    1. 1.1Extensive dimensions or magnitude.
      ‘she seemed slightly awed by the size of the building’
  • 2Each of the classes, typically numbered, into which garments or other articles are divided according to how large they are.

    ‘I can never find anything in my size’
    • ‘She's about four sizes too big for the dress she's tried on.’
    • ‘The pajama bottoms were honestly about 30 sizes too big.’
    • ‘I would have given anything to make the perfect dress in a size 18 appear for her to stop the tears.’
    • ‘He was dressed in dark blue jeans that looked about 5 sizes too big and a zipper sweater.’
    • ‘A friend of mine bought a wedding dress two sizes too small because she was told that it was a good motivation to lose weight for her wedding.’
    • ‘Vantage offers Big and Tall sizes in seven basics and bestsellers, including a woven shirt, a windshirt, and a sweater.’
    • ‘I admitted to myself it made me feel a little better knowing she'd be running around in an outfit two sizes too big for her.’
    • ‘I wore my black sweatpants and a two sizes too big red t-shirt and just sat back on our couch.’
    • ‘The plain green dress was a good few sizes too big for her and hung off her petite frame like a big shapeless sack.’
    • ‘He was wearing a pair of black jeans that were most likely two sizes too big and were hanging off of his hips.’
    • ‘The dress was a couple of sizes too big and with the belt on, the neckline dipped dangerously low.’
    • ‘You can also look at your current shoes, but if you feel a bit discomfort, it's ok to get a bigger size.’
    • ‘It follows that, while big sizes can be hard to source, talls tend to be even harder.’
    • ‘He always wore baggy clothes that looked ten sizes too big for him, these thick rimmed glasses and stood about 5'7.’
    • ‘I put some old, baggy jeans a T-shirt two sizes too big for me.’
    • ‘His daughter, Miranda, had managed to get a hold of a girl's uniform - albeit several sizes too big for her.’
    • ‘She was barefoot, and wearing only a flowered dress which was a size too big for her skinny frame.’
    • ‘He is wearing many layers of clothes that looked two sizes too big for him.’
    • ‘My mom is slender, I totally envy her body, but she has to have her pajama bottom's three sizes bigger.’
    • ‘I had ticked off ten shops already that we had been to and didn't even offer anything in my dress size.’
    1. 2.1A person or garment corresponding to a particular numbered size.
      ‘she's a size 10’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Alter or sort in terms of size or according to size.

    ‘twist drills are sized in millimetres’
    • ‘Yes, I've sort of sized this for a tall 3yo by adding an inch and a half to the length and an inch to the width.’
    sort, categorize, classify
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  • 2Estimate or measure something's dimensions.

    ‘she was trying to size up a room with a tape measure’
    1. 2.1informal Form an estimate or rough judgement of someone or something.
      ‘the two men sized each other up’
      • ‘We went in, sat down, had our pints, but I was watching the lads at the bar watching us, and I knew they were wondering, looking, sizing us up.’
      • ‘Do you ever find yourself sizing someone up in an instant, noting their animation, gestures and manners of speaking?’
      • ‘And I often see them watching her, sizing her up.’
      • ‘Her glossy hair's done up in a jaunty black ponytail and she's sizing me up from behind a cool, guarded smile.’
      • ‘I don't know if he sized us up and that explained his behaviour, or if he does this with every client.’
      • ‘He was close to becoming a US citizen when Murdoch began sizing him up for the top job at The Sun.’
      • ‘My host watched from the doorway to the house, sizing me up.’
      • ‘My dad had definitely been sizing Mally up as some kind of snow-shovelling helper.’
      • ‘She didn't like the way the woman was sizing her up, as if she was a competition.’
      • ‘Taking a long drag on the cigarette, she looked me up and down, sized me up, looked disgusted at what she saw, and then beckoned with her head that I should follow her through the door.’

adjective

  • [in combination] Having a specified size; sized.

    ‘marble-size chunks of hail’

Phrases

  • of a size

    • (of two or more people or things) having the same dimensions.

      ‘I reckon they're of a size’
  • of some size

    • Fairly large.

      ‘a city of some size’
      • ‘The probability of running into someone 200 miles tall is definitely zero; because you have to have a mother of some size, there are physical limitations.’
      • ‘Underneath the house is a cellar of some size, which is useful for storage.’
      • ‘So it would have taken an operation of some size, if the stuff was still there, to get it out of there.’
      • ‘Every hospital has a data center of some size or shape.’
      • ‘Other than at the region's two famous castles, most estates of some size have vineyard holdings in a number of villages.’
  • that's about the size of it

    • informal Said to confirm someone's assessment of a situation, especially of one regarded as bad.

      ‘‘So if I drop my opposition to the road you'll fix it so I don't lose my job?’ ‘That's about the size of it.’’
      • ‘He'll do one or two key interviews, and that's about the size of it.’
      • ‘He enjoys a beer, but that's about the size of it, just as he does a party, a cigarette in his hand and the company of available young women.’
      • ‘Yes, it is certainly more enjoyable to drive around in an open top car, but that's about the size of it.’
  • to size

    • To the dimensions wanted.

      ‘the PVC sheet is easily cut to size’
      • ‘It'll probably get trimmed down to size before it travels very far, but I was glad to see the playwright's cut.’
      • ‘Mr Coffey kept his other eye shut throughout most of the ordeal as firefighters cut the rod down to size so he could get into an ambulance.’
      • ‘Let's chop them down to size and then we'll discuss civility and ethics again.’
      • ‘After cutting the rope down to size James returned to his father's house.’
      • ‘Cut your wood to size and trace the full-scale pattern right on to your wood.’

Origin

Middle English (also in the sense ‘assize, ordinance fixing a rate of payment’): from Old French sise, from assise ordinance, or a shortening of assize.

Pronunciation:

size

/sʌɪz/

Main definitions of size in English

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size2

noun

  • [mass noun] A gelatinous solution used in glazing paper, stiffening textiles, and preparing plastered walls for decoration.

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Treat with size to glaze or stiffen.

    ‘paper will adhere to sized walls better’
    • ‘Be sure to prime or size any newly applied drywall compound before painting or papering.’
    • ‘I suggest you also size the walls before doing this, and as your decorator is a traditionalist I am sure he will agree.’

Origin

Middle English: perhaps the same word as size.

Pronunciation:

size

/sʌɪz/