Origin of sizing
- 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 sizing
No more wondering why Gap jeans seem to have their own sizing logic.
Men stare at you quietly as you pass through, sizing you up, and taking long careful drags from their cigarettes.My Walk Through Kiev's Maidan Square
April 6, 2014
The machine -- clad with a sizing chart -- allows customers to insert money and select an item to be released immediately.Is Cara Delevingne Responsible For Declining Tweezer Sales?; Miley Cyrus Twerks For Terry Richardson
The Fashion Beast Team
August 15, 2013
Virtually anyone sitting in the Oval Office would be sizing this up the way he is.Cut Obama Some Slack
June 23, 2011
Pictures show Valentini hovering uncomfortably close to the participants, scanning the action, sizing people up.Berlusconi and Putin Pillow Talk
December 2, 2010
We are just sizing up the situation, to find out how much is gone.Dave Porter At Bear Camp
End grain can be made to stick only by sizing with thin glue to stop the pores.Handwork in Wood
"It can be arranged if you pay in advance," he said, sizing her up.Nobody's Girl
Nor was that veteran questioner long in sizing up the cause.Tonio, Son of the Sierras
The leaders paused, and sizing up the situation, came on at a run.The Promise
James B. Hendryx
- 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 sizing
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 sizing
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)