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Small, adj. 1) thin, fine: “as s. as a wand,” Gent. II, 3, 23. “the --est twine may lead me,” Ado IV, 1, 252. “a --er hair than may be seen,” LLL V, 2, 258. “the --est thread that ever spider twisted,” John IV, 3, 127. “the --est spider's web,” Rom. I, 4, 61. with fingers long, s., white as milk, Per. IV Prol. 22. s. showers == soft and gentle showers: R2 II, 1, 35. “grind their bones to powder s.” Tit. V, 2, 199 (== fine). Peculiar expression: “these things seem s. and undistinguishable, like far-off mountains turned into clouds,” Mids. IV, 1, 192 (not gross and palpable, but thin and fading into indistinctness).
2) fine, of a clear and high sound: “thy s. pipe is as the maiden's organ,” Tw. I, 4, 32. “a pipe s. as an eunuch,” Cor. III, 2, 114.
Adverbially: “speaks s. like a woman,” Wiv. I, 1, 49. “you may speak as s. as you will,” Mids. I, 2, 52.
3) of minute dimensions, not large: “s. head,” Ven. 296. “s. lights,” Lucr. 647. “in the s. orb of one particular tear,” Compl. 289. “too s. a pasture,” Gent. I, 1, 105. Err. I, 1, 80. Mids. II, 2, 5. V, 223. Merch. V, 60. Shr. II, 101. IV, 3, 140. John IV, 1, 95. R2 II, 1, 102. III, 2, 153. H4A V, 4, 90. H6A II, 3, 52. IV, 6, 33. H6B III, 1, 18. IV, 10, 20. H6C II, 2, 17. IV, 8, 54. R3 II, 4, 13. Troil. I, 3, 343. Cor. I, 1, 142. Tit. V, 3, 167. Rom. I, 4, 64. Hml. III, 3, 21. Lr. III, 4, 117. Lr. III, 4, 117 IV, 6, 20. IV, 6, 20 Cymb. IV, 2, 304.
4) short (in a temporal sense): “after some s. space,” As IV, 3, 152. “a night is but s. breath and little pause,” H5 II, 4, 145. s. time, Epil. H5 II, 4, 145 “within so s. a time,” R3 IV, 1, 79 (Qq in so short a space).
5) little, inconsiderable, not great: “of s. worth held,” Sonn. 2, 4. “some s. glory,” 84, 6. “s. show of man,” Compl. 92. “the --est teen,” Compl. 92 “shows his love but s.” Gent. I, 2, 29. “so s. a fault,” IV, 1, 31. “a --er boon,” V, 4, 24. “the --est scruple of her excellence,” Meas. I, 1, 38. “the --est article,” IV, 2, 107. “s. cheer and great welcome,” Err. III, 1, 26. “that violates the --est branch,” LLL I, 1, 21. “had s. reason for it,” I, 2, 92. “his s. light of discretion,” Mids. V, 257. “a s. trifle of wives,” Merch. II, 2, 169. “the s. acquaintance,” As V, 2, 7. “there's s. choice in rotten apples,” Shr. I, 1, 138. “s. experience,” I, 2, 52. “none so s. advantage,” John III, 4, 151. “of s. consequence,” R2 V, 2, 61. “the --est parcel of this vow,” H4A III, 2, 159. “our s. conjunction,” IV, 1, 37. “a power much --er than the --est of his thoughts,” H4B I, 3, 30. “s. offences,” H6B III, 1, 59. “s. things make base men proud,” IV, 1, 106. thy share thereof (beauty) “is s.” H6C I, 4, 129. “of s. defence,” V, 1, 64. “s. joy,” R3 I, 3, 110. “our s. strength,” V, 3, 26. “your enemies are many and not s.” H8 V, 1, 129. “of s. wit,” V, 4, 49. “s. thanks,” Troil. I, 1, 72. “things s. as nothing,” II, 3, 179. “a s. patience,” Cor. I, 1, 129. “a s. thing would make it flame,” IV, 3, 21. “the tears have got s. victory by that,” Rom. IV, 1, 30. “s. love,” Tim. I, 1, 258. “some s. kindnesses,” III, 2, 22. “the --est particle of any promise,” Caes. II, 1, 139. “s. fault,” Lr. I, 4, 288. “s. respect,” II, 2, 137. “s. train,” II, 4, 64. “s. vices,” IV, 6, 168. Oth. IV, 3, 70. “s. hurt,” II, 3, 381. “the --est fear,” III, 3, 188. “the --est opinion,” IV, 2, 109. “s. to greater matter must give way,” Ant. II, 2, 11. “s. reflection of her wit,” Cymb. I, 2, 33. “a s. request,” I, 6, 181. “though the gift s.” Per. III, 4, 18.
Adverbially: “it s. avails my mood,” Lucr. 1273.
Substantively: “to cross this in the --est,” Meas. IV, 2, 179. “s. have continual plodders ever won,” LLL I, 1, 86 that unlettered s. knowing soul, 253 (Armado's letter. M. Edd. small-knowing). “I play the torturer, by s. and s. to lengthen out the worst,” R2 III, 2, 198.
6) Used of beverages, == weak: “s. ale,” Shr. Ind. 2, 1. Shr. Ind. 2, 1. “s. beer,” H4B II, 2, 8. H4B II, 2, 8 H6B IV, 2, 73. Oth. II, 1, 161.
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