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Din dicționarul The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Small \Small\ (sm[add]l), a. [Compar. Smaller
     (sm[add]l"[~e]r); superl. Smallest.] [OE. small, AS. smael;
     akin to D. smal narrow, OS. & OHG. smal small, G. schmal
     narrow, Dan. & Sw. smal, Goth. smals small, Icel. smali small
     cattle, sheep, or goats; cf. Gr. mh^lon a sheep or goat.]
     1. 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.
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              To compare
              Great things with small.              --Milton.
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     2. Being of slight consequence; feeble in influence or
        importance; unimportant; trivial; insignificant; as, a
        small fault; a small business.
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     3. Envincing little worth or ability; not large-minded; --
        sometimes, in reproach, paltry; mean.
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              A true delineation of the smallest man is capable of
              interesting the greatest man.         --Carlyle.
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     4. Not prolonged in duration; not extended in time; short;
        as, after a small space. --Shak.
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     5. Weak; slender; fine; gentle; soft; not loud. "A still,
        small voice." --1 Kings xix. 12.
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     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 21/4d. sterling, or
        about 41/2cents.
  
     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`Culloch.
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Din dicționarul The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Beer \Beer\, n. [OE. beor, ber, AS. be['o]r; akin to Fries.
     biar, Icel. bj?rr, OHG. bior, D. & G. bier, and possibly E.
     brew. [root]93, See Brew.]
     1. A fermented liquor made from any malted grain, but
        commonly from barley malt, with hops or some other
        substance to impart a bitter flavor.
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     Note: Beer has different names, as small beer, ale,
           porter, brown stout, lager beer, according to its
           strength, or other qualities. See Ale.
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     2. A fermented extract of the roots and other parts of
        various plants, as spruce, ginger, sassafras, etc.
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     Small beer, weak beer; (fig.) insignificant matters. "To
        suckle fools, and chronicle small beer." --Shak.
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Din dicționarul WordNet (r) 2.0 :

  small beer
       n : something of small importance [syn: triviality, trivia,
           trifle]

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