size ( sizes plural & 3rd person present) ( sizing present participle) ( sized past tense & past participle )
1 n-var Thesizeof something is how big or small it is. Something's size is determined by comparing it to other things, counting it, or measuring it.
usu the N of n
Scientists have found the bones of a hoofed grazing animal about the size of a small horse..., In 1970 the average size of a French farm was 19 hectares..., ...shelves containing books of various sizes.
2 n-uncount Thesizeof something is the fact that it is very large.
usu the N of n
He knows the size of the task..., Jack walked around the hotel and was mesmerized by its sheer size.
3 n-count A size is one of a series of graded measurements, especially for things such as clothes or shoes. My sister is the same height but only a size 12..., I tried them on and they were the right size. size up phrasal verb If you size up a person or situation, you carefully look at the person or think about the situation, so that you can decide how to act. INFORMAL Some US manufacturers have been sizing up the UK as a possible market for their clothes... V P n (not pron) He spent the evening sizing me up intellectually. V n P
full-size , full-sized
A full-size or full-sized model or picture is the same size as the thing or person that it represents. adj ADJ n
I made a full-size cardboard model.
king-size , king-sized
A king-size or king-sized version of something is a larger size than the standard version, and may be the largest size available. adj usu ADJ n
...a king-size bed., ...king-size cigarettes.
A life-size representation of someone or something, for example a painting or sculpture, is the same size as the person or thing that they represent. adj
...a life-size statue of an Indian boy.
queen-size , queen-sized
A queen-size bed is larger than a double bed, but smaller than a king-size bed. adj ADJ n
-size , -sized
1 comb in adj You can use -size or -sized in combination with nouns to form adjectives which indicate that something is the same size as something else.
...golfball-sized lumps of coarse black rock.
2 comb in adj You can use -size or -sized in combination with adjectives to form adjectives which describe the size of something.
...full-size gymnasiums., ...a medium-sized college.
3 comb in adj You can use -size or -sized in combination with nouns to form adjectives which indicate that something is big enough or small enough to be suitable for a particular job or purpose.
...a small passport-size photograph., ...a child-sized knife.