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(1)   (used in combination) sized
"The economy-size package"
"Average-size house"


(2)   The property resulting from being one of a series of graduated measurements (as of clothing)
"He wears a size 13 shoe"
(3)   The physical magnitude of something (how big it is)
"A wolf is about the size of a large dog"
(4)   A large magnitude
"He blanched when he saw the size of the bill"
"The only city of any size in that area"
(5)   The actual state of affairs
"That's the size of the situation"
"She hates me, that's about the size of it"
(6)   Any glutinous material used to fill pores in surfaces or to stiffen fabrics
"Size gives body to a fabric"


(7)   Make to a size; bring to a suitable size
(8)   Sort according to size
(9)   Cover or stiffen or glaze a porous material with size or sizing (a glutinous substance)

Etymology 1

From sise, syse "regulation, control, limit" from cise, sise, aphetism of assise "assize". Displaced native grete, grette "size" (from grīetu, grȳtu "size, greatness").


  1. An assize.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 560:
      I know you would have women above the law, but it is all a lye; I heard his lordship say at size, that no one is above the law.
  2. A regulation, piece of ordinance.
  3. A regulation determining the amount of money paid in fees, taxes etc.
  4. A set amount of something.
  5. The dimensions or magnitude of a thing; how big something is.
    The size of the building seemed to have increased since I was last there.
  6. A specific set of dimensions for clothing etc. seen as fitting a person or set of persons.
    I don't think we have the red one in your size.
  7. A number of edges in a graph.


  1. To adjust the size of; to make a certain size.
  2. To classify or arrange by size.
  3. To approximate the dimensions, estimate the size of.


  1. A thin, weak glue used as primer for paper or canvas intended to be painted upon.
  2. Wallpaper paste.
  3. The thickened crust on coagulated blood.


  1. To apply glue or other primer to a surface which is to be painted.