Definition of smallness in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsmôlnəs/ /ˈsmɔlnəs/

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  • 1The quality of being of a size that is less than normal or usual.

    ‘her delicate smallness was conducive to her career as a dancer’
    • ‘the relative smallness of the screen results in a sharp picture’
    • ‘I am particularly impressed by the smallness in size of both products.’
    • ‘Our home's smallness keeps us focused on what we really need.’
    • ‘Apart from his smallness, his outstanding feature was his ears which jutted sharply from the blond head.’
    • ‘He is a being with no preternatural qualities, and differs from real living animals only in extreme smallness and agility.’
    • ‘Her pale ivory skin and smallness conjured in him a need to protect her.’
    • ‘This little man had contrived for himself some little power, which he used badly, because he was small, and because he hated his smallness.’
    • ‘The structures add a vertical and overhead foliage plane to create the illusion of a larger garden—a key design technique for countering the smallness of city terraces.’
    • ‘I would not commend the smallness of your cell phone by saying "It's so large!"’
    • ‘The smallness of the hotel makes it difficult to run as a commercial venture even though it has a skeleton staff.’
    • ‘His legendary charisma is decidedly deflated, not only by the smallness of his head on the TV screen, but by the presence of what appears to be an ashtray on top of the set.’
    1. 1.1The quality of being small in amount or number.
      ‘he expressed astonishment at the smallness of the salaries’
      • ‘the relative smallness of the population’
      • ‘He had triumphed in battle despite the smallness of his army.’
      • ‘I prefer the smallness of the cities south of Seattle.’
      • ‘I was grateful for the smallness of our class and the class time devoted to discussing our projects.’
      • ‘Most remarkable was the smallness of the clerical staff servicing the courts of law and the council.’
      • ‘Adding to the town's charm is its smallness—it has only 8,860 residents.’
      • ‘Despite its relative smallness, because of a scarcity of available musicians, this band was one of the air force's finest.’
      • ‘The chairman said they must not take the smallness of the meeting as an indication that interest in the Education Act was dying.’
      • ‘Despite the smallness of the protest, he responded by saying that the county had taken "more than its share" of asylum seekers.’
      • ‘The opera suffers from the smallness of its choir and its instrumentalist troupe.’
      • ‘He is blaming his failure to secure the country and win the support of the population on the smallness of our military presence.’
  • 2The quality of being insignificant or weak.

    ‘we feel our smallness and vulnerability in this vastness’
    • ‘His smallness in jealousy contrasts with her extreme sacrifice.’
    • ‘The chief proof of a man's real greatness lies in his perception of his own smallness.’
    • ‘This is a film that revels and delights in its own mediocrity, and is unashamed of the smallness of its dreams.’
    • ‘The subject of his work is the contemporary locus of the sublime: a grand power in the face of which we feel our own smallness.’
    • ‘This was the most she could pull off—the smallness of the crime, the minuteness of the act itself—and yet, so fearsome the punishment.’
    • ‘I am fascinated about that point where humans begin to become inconsequential and realize their smallness in relation to the vastness that is out there.’
    • ‘Choose between smallness and grandeur, between nothingness and immortality, between him and me!’
    • ‘It brought home, as nothing else ever has, the smallness of our place in the universe.’
    • ‘The self-conscious artfulness that could glint and sparkle in his early novels becomes, in the big books, an embarrassingly grand manner that barely hides a smallness of spirit.’
    • ‘If what it overwhelmingly finds is smallness, spiritual squalor, it would seem to be required of the affirmer to intervene and raise the tone of the world.’