4. Figurative bulk; condition as to rank, ability, character, etc.; as, the office demands a man of larger size. "Men of a less size and quality." (L'Estrange) "The middling or lower size of people." (Swift)
6. An instrument consisting of a number of perforated gauges fastened together at one end by a rivet, used for ascertaining the size of pearls. Size roll, a small piese of parchment added to a roll. Size stick, a measuring stick used by shoemakers for ascertaining the size of the foot.
Origin: Abbrev. From assize. See Assize, and cf. Size glue.
4. <mechanics> To bring or adjust anything exactly to a required dimension, as by cutting. To size up, to estimate or ascertain the character and ability of. See 4th Size. "We had to size up our fellow legislators." (The Century)
(01 Mar 1998)
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