size

Definitions

Computing

  • noun the physical dimensions of an image, object or page
  • verb to calculate the resources available, and those required, to carry out a particular job

Construction

  • To bring a piece of lumber to specified dimensions.

Electronics

  • The dimensions, extent, magnitude, proportion, influence, or the like, of something. 2. A size (1) relative to another size.
  • To order of otherwise classify by size (1).
  • To change the dimensions of something. For example, that of an image or window displayed on a computer monitor. Also called scale (6), or resize.
  • synonymscale

Information & Library Science

  • noun the physical dimensions of something, which tell how big or small it is, usually indicated by its height and width
  • noun a mixture of gelatine, alum and formaldehyde used to coat paper surfaces

Origin & History of “size”

The etymological notion underlying size is of ‘settling’ something, of fixing an amount. The word is a curtailed version of assize, which went back ultimately to Latin assidēre, literally ‘sit beside someone’. By the time it reached English, via Old French, it had acquired connotations of ‘sitting down to make a judgment on something’, such as a law case (hence the meaning of English assize). other matters decided on in this way included the standardization of amounts (of taxes, e.g., or food), and this led to the word size being used for ‘dimension’. Size ‘gum’ (15th c.) may be the same word, but the nature of the relationship between the two is unclear.
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