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SIZE, n. [either contracted from assize, or from the L. scissus. I take it to be from the former, and from the sense of setting, as we apply the word to the assize of bread.]

1. Bulk; bigness; magnitude; extent of superficies. Size particularly expresses thickness; as the size of a tree or of a mast; the size of a ship or of a rock. A man may be tall, with little size of body.

2. A settled quantity of allowance. [contracted from assize.]

3. Figurative bulk; condition as to rank and character; as men of less size and quality. [Not much used.]



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SIZE, n. [either contracted from assize, or from the L. scissus. I take it to be from the former, and from the sense of setting, as we apply the word to the assize of bread.]

1. Bulk; bigness; magnitude; extent of superficies. Size particularly expresses thickness; as the size of a tree or of a mast; the size of a ship or of a rock. A man may be tall, with little size of body.

2. A settled quantity of allowance. [contracted from assize.]

3. Figurative bulk; condition as to rank and character; as men of less size and quality. [Not much used.]

SIZE, n.1 [either contracted from assize, or from the L. scissus. I take it to be from the former, and from the sense of setting, as we apply the word to the assize of bread.]

  1. Bulk; bigness; magnitude; extent of superficies. Size particularly expresses thickness; as, the size of a tree or of a mast; the size of a ship or of a rock. A man may be tall, with little size of body.
  2. A settled quantity or allowance. [Contracted from assize.]
  3. Figurative bulk; condition as to rank and character; as, men of less size and quality. [Not much used.] – L'Estrange.
  4. With shoemakers, a measure of length.

SIZE, n.2 [W. syth, stiff, rigid, and size; Sp. sisa; from the root of assize, that which sets or fixes.]

  1. A glutinous substance prepared from different materials; used in manufactures.
  2. An instrument consisting of thin leaves fastened together at one end by a rivet; used for ascertaining the size of pearls. – Encyc.

SIZE, v.t.

  1. To adjust or arrange according to size or bulk. – Hudibras.
  2. To settle; to fix the standard of; as, to size weights and measures. [Now little used.]
  3. To cover with size; to prepare with size.
  4. To swell; to increase the bulk of. – Beaum. Fletcher.
  5. Among Cornish miners, to separate the finer from the coarser parts of a metal by sifting them through a wire sieve. – Encyc.

Size
  1. Six.
  2. A thin, weak glue used in various trades, as in painting, bookbinding, paper making, etc.
  3. To cover with size] to prepare with size.
  4. A settled quantity or allowance. See Assize.

    [Obs.] "To scant my sizes." Shak.
  5. To fix the standard of.

    "To size weights and measures." [R.] Bacon.
  6. To take greater size] to increase in size.

    Our desires give them fashion, and so,
    As they wax lesser, fall, as they size, grow.
    Donne.

  7. Any viscous substance, as gilder's varnish.
  8. An allowance of food and drink from the buttery, aside from the regular dinner at commons; -- corresponding to battel at Oxford.
  9. To adjust or arrange according to size or bulk.

    Specifically: (a) (Mil.)
  10. To order food or drink from the buttery; hence, to enter a score, as upon the buttery book.
  11. Extent of superficies or volume; bulk; bigness; magnitude; as, the size of a tree or of a mast; the size of a ship or of a rock.
  12. To swell; to increase the bulk of.

    Beau. *** Fl.
  13. Figurative bulk; condition as to rank, ability, character, etc.; as, the office demands a man of larger size.

    Men of a less size and quality. L'Estrange.

    The middling or lower size of people. Swift.

  14. To bring or adjust anything exactly to a required dimension, as by cutting.

    To size up, to estimate or ascertain the character and ability of. See 4th Size, 4. [Slang, U.S.]

    We had to size up our fellow legislators. The Century.

  15. A conventional relative measure of dimension, as for shoes, gloves, and other articles made up for sale.
  16. An instrument consisting of a number of perforated gauges fastened together at one end by a rivet, -- used for ascertaining the size of pearls.

    Knight.

    Size roll, a small piese of parchment added to a roll. -- Size stick, a measuring stick used by shoemakers for ascertaining the size of the foot.

    Syn. -- Dimension; bigness; largeness; greatness; magnitude.

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Size

SIZE, noun [either contracted from assize, or from the Latin scissus. I take it to be from the former, and from the sense of setting, as we apply the word to the assize of bread.]

1. Bulk; bigness; magnitude; extent of superficies. size particularly expresses thickness; as the size of a tree or of a mast; the size of a ship or of a rock. A man may be tall, with little size of body.

2. A settled quantity of allowance. [contracted from assize.]

3. Figurative bulk; condition as to rank and character; as men of less size and quality. [Not much used.]

SIZE, verb transitive

1. To adjust or arrange according to size or bulk.

2. To settle; to fix the standard of; as, to size weights and measures. [Now little used.]

3. To cover with size; to prepare with size

4. To swell; to increase the bulk or.

5. Among Cornish miners, to separate the finer firm the coarser parts of a metal by sifting them through a wire sieve.

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importance

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.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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DEVOIR, n. [L., to owe.] Primarily, service or duty. Hence, an act of civility or respect; respectful notice due to another; as, we paid our devoirs to the queen, or to the ladies.

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