SHOU chii(sai) (small, little)

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Character Etymology:

Commonly but erroneously explained as a person standing with their arms at their side to look small. This error can be attributed to the actual etymology of the character for big, which is of a person holding their hands outstreched trying to look large.

This character is actually a stylized representation of three small points, as is clear from the older version (which sort of looks like ,',). Some scholars feel that this represents one large item being divided into two small ones.

A Listing of All On-Yomi and Kun-Yomi Readings:

on-yomi: SHOU
kun-yomi: chii(sai) ko- o- sa-

Nanori Readings:

Nanori: isara kou saza shao chiisa

English Definitions:

  1. SHOU: smallness; minor; small.
  2. chii(sai), chii(sana), chi(sai): small, little, diminutive, minute, fine, trivial.
  3. ko-: small; shorty; pretty; petty; nearly.
  4. isasa: small.
  5. o-: little; nice, pretty.
  6. shou-: humility prefix; small.
  7. sa-: honorary prefix.

Character Index Numbers:

New Nelson: 1389
Henshall: 36

Unicode Encoded Version:

Unicode Encoded Compound Examples:

小人 (shoujin/kobito): dwarf.
(koyama): hill, mound.
小食 (shoushoku): light eating.
小水 (shousui): urine, unrination (lit: little water).

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almost expected, fire violence crashing explosions, it has been quite some time since i've been foolish enough, innocent enough, to believe that people do not really want to hurt other people. i sometimes feel numbed by everything that has happened. when i do not, i wish i did, as it is almost favourable. i'd guess there are enough people who have forgotten how to feel, though, i'd rather not fall among them.

i've watched it grow, watched the little things that happen in a universe... i have always loved small things. little pieces of a life that create everything. they are the smiles between strangers. the child eyes-closed-dreaming on a fathers shoulder.

these are the things we are missing.

this is all so fleeting. you'll blink and the small thing will turn into a million others that will disappear in another instant, this is not television and this is not thousands of miles away, this is where we are. this is what happens when too many people forget how to really feel. each person is so tiny. you are gone and away faster than you would like to believe there are trees older than any of us that would tell you all not even they can remember when this started. it just is.

you stand with your hands inside your pockets and stare at things that aren't moving because no one knows what to say, these days. we'll still be screaming at eachother over oceans, across the world, years from now. we've made the big things small, and forgotten what is real, mostly because we did not know in the first place. mostly because we will never know.

An interpreted programming language designed to be used as a scripting language within other programs, written by Thiadmer Riemersma. Small is very much like a lightweight version of C, keeping the spirit of its syntax (though not all of its features). It is indeed small: the Small compiler (which compiles to bytecode) is 126k on Win32; the Small interpreter (which runs the bytecode) is 60k on Win32. Finally, Small is free and comes with source code, so the Small interpreter can be embedded in other programs; no nagging dependancies.

Small (?), a. [Compar. Smaller (?); superl. Smallest.] [OE. small, AS. sm$l; akin to D. smal narrow, OS. & OHG. smal small, G. schmal narrow, Dan. & Sw. smal, Goth. smals small, Icel. smali smal cattle, sheep, or goats; cf. Gr. a sheep or goat.]


Having little size, compared with other things of the same kind; little in quantity or degree; diminutive; not large or extended in dimension; not great; not much; inconsiderable; as, a small man; a small river.

To compare Great things with small. Milton.


Being of slight consequence; feeble in influence or importance; unimportant; trivial; insignificant; as, a small fault; a small business.


Envincing little worth or ability; not large-minded; -- sometimes, in reproach, paltry; mean.

A true delineation of the smallest man is capable of interesting the reatest man. Carlyle.


Not prolonged in duration; not extended in time; short; as, after a small space.



Weak; slender; fine; gentle; soft; not loud.

"A still, small voice."

1 Kings xix. 12.

Great and small,of all ranks or degrees; -- used especially of persons. "His quests, great and small." Chaucer. -- Small arms, muskets, rifles, pistols, etc., in distinction from cannon. -- Small beer. See under Beer. -- Small coal. (a) Little coals of wood formerly used to light fires. Gay. (b) Coal about the size of a hazelnut, separated from the coarser parts by screening. -- Small craft Naut., a vessel, or vessels in general, of a small size. -- Small fruits. See under Fruit. -- Small hand, a certain size of paper. See under Paper. -- Small hours. See under Hour. -- Small letter. Print., a lower-case letter. See Lower-case, and Capital letter, under Capital, a. -- Small piece, a Scotch coin worth about 2 -- Small register. See the Note under 1st Register, 7. -- Small stuff Naut., spun yarn, marline, and the smallest kinds of rope. R. H. Dana, Jr. -- Small talk, light or trifling conversation; chitchat. -- Small wares Com., various small textile articles, as tapes, braid, tringe, and the like. M�xbf;Culloch.


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Small, adv.


In or to small extent, quantity, or degree; little; slightly.

[Obs.] "I wept but small." Chaucer. "It small avails my mood." Shak.


Not loudly; faintly; timidly.

[Obs. or Humorous]

You may speak as small as you will. Shak.


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Small, n.


The small or slender part of a thing; as, the small of the leg or of the back.

2. pl.



Hood. Dickens.

3. pl.

Same as Little go. See under Little, a.


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Small, v. t.

To make little or less.



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