I. WORDS EXPRESSING ABSTRACT RELATIONS

III. QUANTITY

2. COMPARATIVE QUANTITY; QUANTITY BY COMPARISON WITH A STANDARD

Smallness.

[Antonyms: greatness.]

[Nouns] smallness; littleness (small size) [more]; tenuity; paucity; fewness (small number) [more]; meanness, insignificance (unimportance) [more]; mediocrity, moderation.

small quantity, modicum, trace, hint, minimum; vanishing point; material point, atom, particle, molecule, corpuscle, point, speck, dot, mote, jot, iota, ace; minutiae, details; look, thought, idea, soupcon, dab, dight, whit, tittle, shade, shadow; spark, scintilla, gleam; touch, cast; grain, scruple, granule, globule, minim, sup, sip, sop, spice, drop, droplet, sprinkling, dash, morceau, screed, smack, tinge, tincture; inch, patch, scantling, tatter, cantlet, flitter, gobbet, mite, bit, morsel, crumb, seed, fritter, shive; snip, snippet; snick, snack, snatch, slip, scrag; chip, chipping; shiver, sliver, driblet, clipping, paring, shaving, hair.

nutshell; thimbleful, spoonful, handful, capful, mouthful; fragment; fraction (part) [more]; drop in the ocean.

animalcule [more].

trifle (unimportant thing) [more]; mere nothing, next to nothing; hardly anything; just enough to swear by; the shadow of a shade.

finiteness, finite quantity.

[Verbs] be small; lie in a nutshell.

diminish (decrease) [more]; (contract) [more].

[Adjectives] small, little; diminutive (small in size) [more]; minute; fine; inconsiderable, paltry (unimportant) [more]; faint (weak) [more]; slender, light, slight, scanty, scant, limited; meager (insufficient) [more]; sparing; few [more]; low, so-so, middling, tolerable, no great shakes; below par, under par, below the mark; at a low ebb; halfway; moderate, modest; tender, subtle.

inappreciable, evanescent, infinitesimal, homeopathic, very small; atomic, corpuscular, microscopic, molecular, subatomic.

mere, simple, sheer, stark, bare; near run.

dull, petty, shallow, stolid, ungifted, unintelligent.

[Adverbs] [in a small degree] to a small extent, on a small scale; a little bit, a wee bit; slightly; imperceptibly; miserably, wretchedly; insufficiently [more]; imperfectly; faintly [more]; passably, pretty well, well enough.

[in a certain or limited degree] partially, in part; in a certain degree, to a certain degree; to a certain extent; comparatively; some, rather in some degree, in some measure; something, somewhat; simply, only, purely, merely; at least, at the least, at most, at the most; ever so little, as little as may be, tant soit peu, in ever so small a degree; thus far, pro tanto, within bounds, in a manner, after a fashion, so to speak.

almost, nearly, well-nigh, short of, not quite, all but; near upon, close upon; peu s'en faut, near the mark; within an ace of, within an inch of; on the brink of; scarcely, hardly, barely, only just, no more than

[in an uncertain degree] about, thereabouts, somewhere about, nearly, say; be the same, be little more or less

[in no degree] no ways, no way, no wise; not at all, not in the least, not a bit, not a bit of it, not a whit, not a jot, not a shadow; in no wise, in no respect; by no means, by no manner of means; on no account, at no hand.

[Phrases] dare pondus idonea fumo [Persius]; magno conatu magnas nugas [Terence]; "small sands the mountain, moments make the year� [Young].

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