Moreover, such a change would still take into account firm size as well as wages, easing the burden on the smallest firms.
So my tough-as-nails wife donned the bullet proof vest of perhaps the smallest member of the Tucson Police Department.
It seeps up into the city from below, through even the smallest cracks and drains.
He had control over even the smallest detail and most likely would have told his subordinate what to do.
But don't forget the smallest member of The Expendables, Jet Li.
The common pigeon is about the size of the smallest bantam fowls.
It is among the smallest of its tribe, measuring only one and a half inches in length.
What romantic element is there in such a tale as yours to excite the smallest fragment of interest?
She had not the smallest idea what an idle corner might be, nor how it could be broken up.
The smallest amount of heat is so disposed as to accomplish the largest result.
Old English smæl "thin, slender, narrow; fine," from Proto-Germanic *smal- "small animal; small" (cf. Old Saxon, Danish, Swedish, Middle Dutch, Dutch, Old High German smal, Old Frisian smel, German schmal "narrow, slender," Gothic smalista "smallest," Old Norse smali "small cattle, sheep"), perhaps from a PIE root *(s)melo- "smaller animal" (cf. Greek melon, Old Irish mil "a small animal;" Old Church Slavonic malu "bad"). Original sense of "narrow" now almost obsolete, except in reference to waistline and intestines.
My sister ... is as white as a lilly, and as small as a wand. [Shakespeare, "Two Gentlemen of Verona," 1591]Sense of "not large, of little size" developed in Old English. Of children, "young," from mid-13c. Meaning "inferior in degree or amount" is from late 13c. Meaning "trivial, unimportant" is from mid-14c. Sense of "having little property or trade" is from 1746. That of "characterized by littleness of mind or spirit, base, low, mean" is from 1824. As an adverb by late 14c.
early 13c., "small person or animal," from small (adj.). From c.1300 as "persons of low rank" (opposed to great); late 15c. as "the small part" of something (e.g. small of the back, 1530s).