|a.||1.||Small in size or extent; not big; diminutive; - opposed to |
|2.||Short in duration; brief; as, a little sleep.|
|3.||Small in quantity or amount; not much; as, a little food; a little air or water.|
|4.||Small in dignity, power, or importance; not great; insignificant; contemptible.|
|5.||Small in force or efficiency; not strong; weak; slight; inconsiderable; as, little attention or exertion;little effort; little care or diligence.|
|6.||Small in extent of views or sympathies; narrow; shallow; contracted; mean; illiberal; ungenerous.|
The long-necked geese of the world that are ever hissing dispraise,
Because their natures are little.
|n.||1.||That which is little; a small quantity, amount, space, or the like.|
Much was in little writ.
|2.||A small degree or scale; miniature.|
A little, to or in a small degree; to a limited extent; somewhat; for a short time. " Stay a little."
|adv.||1.||In a small quantity or degree; not much; slightly; somewhat; - often with a preceding it.|
|Noun||1.||little - a small amount or duration; "he accepted the little they gave him"|
|Adj.||1.||little - limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent; "a little dining room"; "a little house"; "a small car"; "a little (or small) group"; "a small voice"|
big, large - above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent; "a large city"; "set out for the big city"; "a large sum"; "a big (or large) barn"; "a large family"; "big businesses"; "a big expenditure"; "a large number of newspapers"; "a big group of scientists"; "large areas of the world"
|2.||little - (quantifier used with mass nouns) small in quantity or degree; not much or almost none or (with `a') at least some; "little rain fell in May"; "gave it little thought"; "little hope remained"; "little time is left"; "we still have little money"; "a little hope remained"; "a little time is left"|
much - (quantifier used with mass nouns) great in quantity or degree or extent; "not much rain"; "much affection"; "much grain is in storage"
|3.||little - of short duration or distance; "a brief stay in the country"; "in a little while"; "it's a little way away"|
|4.||little - not fully grown; "what a big little boy you are"; "small children"|
|5.||little - (informal terms) small and of little importance; "a fiddling sum of money"; "a footling gesture"; "our worries are lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at war"; "a little (or small) matter"; "Mickey Mouse regulations"; "a dispute over niggling details"; "limited to petty enterprises"; "piffling efforts"; "giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction"|
|6.||little - (of a voice) faint; "a little voice"; "a still small voice"|
|7.||little - younger brother or sister; "little brother"|
|8.||little - lowercase; "little a"; "small a"; "e.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters"|
|9.||little - small in a way that arouses feelings (of tenderness or its opposite depending on the context); "a nice little job"; "bless your little heart"; "my dear little mother"; "a sweet little deal"; "I'm tired of your petty little schemes"; "filthy little tricks"; "what a nasty little situation"|
|Adv.||1.||little - not much; "he talked little about his family"|
|LITTLE - A typeless language used to produce machine-independent
software. LITTLE has been used to implement SETL.|
"Guide to the LITTLE Language", D. Shields, LITTLE Newsletter 33, Courant Inst (Aug 1977).