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dwarf

DWARF, n.

1. A general name for an animal or plant which is much below the ordinary size of the species or kind. A man that never grows beyond two or three feet in highth, is a dwarf. This word when used alone usually refers to the human species, but sometimes to other animals. When it is applied to plants, it is more generally used in composition; as a dwarf-tree; dwarf-elder.

2. An attendant on a lady or knight in romances.

DWARF, v.t. To hinder from growing to the natural size; to lessen; to make or keep small.




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DWARF, n.

1. A general name for an animal or plant which is much below the ordinary size of the species or kind. A man that never grows beyond two or three feet in highth, is a dwarf. This word when used alone usually refers to the human species, but sometimes to other animals. When it is applied to plants, it is more generally used in composition; as a dwarf-tree; dwarf-elder.

2. An attendant on a lady or knight in romances.

DWARF, v.t. To hinder from growing to the natural size; to lessen; to make or keep small.


DWARF, n. [Sax. dwerg, dweorg; D. dwerg; Sw. id.; Dan. dværg.]

  1. A general name for an animal or plant which is much below the ordinary size of the species or kind. A man that never grows beyond two or three feet in highth, is a dwarf. This word when used alone usually refers to the human species, but sometimes to other animals. When it is applied to plants, it is more generally used in composition; as, a dwarf-tree; dwarf-elder.
  2. An attendant on a lady or knight in romances. – Spenser.
  3. To hinder from growing to the natural size; to lessen; to make or keep small. – Addison.

Dwarf
  1. An animal or plant which is much below the ordinary size of its species or kind; especially, a diminutive human being.

    * During the Middle Ages dwarfs as well as fools shared the favor of courts and the nobility.

    Dwarf is used adjectively in reference to anything much below the usual or normal size; as, dwarf tree; dwarf honeysuckle.

    Dwarf elder (Bot.), danewort. -- Dwarf wall (Arch.), a low wall, not as high as the story of a building, often used as a garden wall or fence. Gwilt.

  2. To hinder from growing to the natural size] to make or keep small; to stunt.

    Addison.

    Even the most common moral ideas and affections . . . would be stunted and dwarfed, if cut off from a spiritual background. J. C. Shairp.

  3. To become small; to diminish in size.

    Strange power of the world that, the moment we enter it, our great conceptions dwarf. Beaconsfield.

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Dwarf

DWARF, noun

1. A general name for an animal or plant which is much below the ordinary size of the species or kind. A man that never grows beyond two or three feet in highth, is a dwarf This word when used alone usually refers to the human species, but sometimes to other animals. When it is applied to plants, it is more generally used in composition; as a dwarf-tree; dwarf-elder.

2. An attendant on a lady or knight in romances.

DWARF, verb transitive To hinder from growing to the natural size; to lessen; to make or keep small.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

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