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Definitions of dwarf

  1. To grow stunted. A dwarf tree, a fruit tree whose branches are made to shoot from near the root; a tree artificially dwarfed. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To hinder from growing to the natural size; to make or keep small; to stunt. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To hinder from growing to the natural size. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  4. To hinder from growing; make small. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. To stunt. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. To cause to look small by comparison. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. To become small; to diminish in size. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To hinder from growing to the natural size; to make or keep small. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. check the growth of; "the lack of sunlight dwarfed these pines" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  10. make appear small by comparison; "This year's debt dwarves that of last year" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  11. An animal or plant which is much below the ordinary size of its species or kind; especially, a diminutive human being. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. A human being, animal, or plant much below the average height. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. A general name for an animal or plant which is much below the ordinary size of the species or kind. When used alone it usually refers to the human species, but sometimes to other animals. When it is applied to plants, it is more generally used in composition; as, a dwarf tree; dwarf-elder, dwarf-palm. Among gardeners, dwarf is a term employed to distinguish fruit-trees whose branches proceed from close to the ground, from riders, or standards, whose original stocks are several feet in height. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. An animal or plant less than the ordinary size; diminutive human being. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. A person, animal, or plant that is unnaturally small. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. Dwarfness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. An animal or plant which is much below the ordinary size of its species or kind; an attendant on a lady or knight in romances. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. Any animal or plant much below the usual size; a man or woman much under the ordinary height; a page or attendant on a knight in olden times. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  19. atypically small; "dwarf tree"; "dwarf star" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. Of smaller size or height than the average. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  21. Smaller than others of its kind; diminutive. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

Usage examples for dwarf

  1. The giant, in short, can be made, to carry the dwarf with his deadly little weapon. – Spawn of the Comet by Harold Thompson Rich
  2. You know you would not let me change your chemise even if I were a dwarf – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
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