dwarf


dwarf
1. noun /dwɔː(r)f/
a) A creature from (especially Scandinavian and other Germanic) folklore, usually depicted as having mystical powers and being skilled at crafts such as woodwork and metalworking. Sometimes pluralized dwarves, especially in modern fantasy literature.
b) A person with short stature, often one whose limbs are disproportionately small in relation to the body as compared with normal adults, usually as the result of a genetic condition.
2. adjective /dwɔː(r)f/
3. verb /dwɔː(r)f/
a) To render (much) smaller, turn into a dwarf (version)

The newly-built skyscraper dwarfs all older buildings in the downtown skyline.

b) To make appear (much) smaller, puny, tiny

Bach dwarfs all other composers.


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  • dwarf — ► NOUN (pl. dwarfs or dwarves) 1) a member of a mythical race of short, stocky human like creatures. 2) an abnormally small person. 3) (before another noun ) (of an animal or plant) much smaller than is usual for its type or species. 4) (also… …   English terms dictionary

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