- the spatial dimensions, proportions, magnitude, or bulk of anything: the size of a farm; the size of the fish you caught.
- considerable or great magnitude: to seek size rather than quality.
- one of a series of graduated measures for articles of manufacture or trade: children's sizes of shoes.
- extent; amount; range: a fortune of great size.
- actual condition, circumstance, or state of affairs: That's about the size of it.
- a number of population or contents: What size is Springfield, Illinois? The size of that last shipment was only a dozen.
- Obsolete. a fixed standard of quality or quantity, as for food or drink.
- to separate or sort according to size.
- to make of a certain size.
- Metallurgy. to press (a sintered compact) to close tolerances.
- Obsolete. to regulate or control according to a fixed standard.
- size up, Informal.
- to form an estimate of (a situation, person, etc.); judge: They sized him up with a look.
- to meet a certain standard: He doesn't size up to my expectations.
- of a size, of the same or similar size: The two poodles are of a size.
- try on for size,
- to put on briefly in order to test the fit of, as a garment or shoes.
- to consider, evaluate, do, or use before taking further action: We'll try the plan on for size to see whether it's practical.
Origin of size1
- any of various gelatinous or glutinous preparations made from glue, starch, etc., used for filling the pores of cloth, paper, etc., or as an adhesive ground for gold leaf on books.
- to coat or treat with size.
Origin of size2
Examples from the Web for size
Then make it clear that there will be no bailouts, not that there will be bailouts up to this or that size.How Naive is Elizabeth Warren?
December 18, 2014
As I size up the scene, Jack White now wears the crown … and he wears it well.The Best Albums of 2014
December 13, 2014
Why the size and shape of a copper still is at the core of whisky distillation.When It Comes to Great Whisky, The Size of Your Still Matters
December 9, 2014
The city is incredibly violent for its size, on par with metropolises that dwarf the town.The Disappearing Cops of East St. Louis
November 26, 2014
Most of the actions taken by prior presidents were more limited in size, scope and benefits.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: November 23
November 23, 2014
To make sure of success and the size of his stakes he was willing to invest heavily.Way of the Lawless
How long the bread should bake depends on the size of the loaf.
Bake for an hour or more, according to the size of the loaves.
"She must have had ready another stone of shape and size like it," said the Corn Woman.The Trail Book
And she says: 'How old is the young lady, and what's her size, and what's her color?'Her Father's Daughter
- the dimensions, proportions, amount, or extent of something
- large or great dimensions, etc
- one of a series of graduated measurements, as of clothingshe takes size 4 shoes
- informal state of affairs as summarizedhe's bankrupt, that's the size of it
- to sort according to size
- (tr) to make or cut to a particular size or sizes
- Also called: sizing a thin gelatinous mixture, made from glue, clay, or wax, that is used as a sealer or filler on paper, cloth, or plaster surfaces
- (tr) to treat or coat (a surface) with size
Word Origin and History for size
c.1300, "an ordinance to fix the amount of a payment or tax," from Old French sise, shortened form of assise "session, assessment, regulation, manner" (see assize), probably a misdivision of l'assise as la sise. The sense of "extent, amount, volume, magnitude" (c.1300) is from the notion of regulating something by fixing the amount of it (weights, food portions, etc.). Specific sense of "set of dimensions of a manufactured article for sale" is attested from 1590s.
Idioms and Phrases with size
In addition to the idiom beginning with size
- size up
- cut down (to size)
- pick on (someone your own size)
- take down a notch (to size)
- that's about the size of it
- try on (for size)