n. A fixed rate regulating the weight, measure, price, or proportion of any article, especially food or drink; a standard. See assize, n., 2.n. A specified or fixed amount of food and drink; a ration.n. Hence, in university use, a charge made for an extra portion of food or drink; a farthing, as the former price of each portion. The word was also used more generally, to note any additional expense incurred.n. A portion allotted by chance or fate; a share; a peculiar or individual allotment.n. Grade of quality or importance; rank; class; degree; order.n. Rate of dimension, whether linear, square, or solid; material proportions; relative magnitude; now the usual sense.n. One of a regularly increasing series of dimensions used for manufactured articles which are bought ready-made; specifically, as used by shoemakers, one third of an inch in length.n. Extent, or volume, or magnitude in other respects, as of time, sound, or effort.n. plural A session of a court of justice; assizes. See assize, 6.n. An implement for measuring pearls, consisting of a number of thin leaves pierced with holes of different diameters, and fastened together. The test is made by observing how many of the holes the pearl will pass through.n. Synonyms Size, Magnitude, Bulk, Volume. Size is the general word for things large or small. In ordinary discourse magnitude applies to large things; but it is also an exact word, and is much used in science: as, a star of the fourth magnitude. Bulk suggests noticeable size, especially size rounding out into unwieldiness. Volume is a rather indefinite word, arising from the idea of rolling a thing up till it attains size, though with no especial suggestion of shape. We speak of the magnitude of a calamity or of a fortune, the bulk of a bale of cotton or of an elephant, the volume of smoke or of an avalanche.To regulate the weight, measure, extent, value, etc., of; fix the rate or standard of; assize.At Cambridge and other universities, to obtain (food or drink) in extra portions at a fixed rate of charge; hence, in general, to buy at a fixed rate; purchase.To supply with sizes; hence, to fill or otherwise affect by sizes or portions.To rate; rank.To estimate or ascertain the size of; measure; hence, by extension, to arrange in groups or ranks according to dimensions.To separate or sort according to size.At Cambridge and other universities, to give an order (for food or drink) over and above the usual commons: generally with for. Compare battel.n. A gelatinous wash used by painters, by paper-manufacturers, and in many industrial artsn. A material resembling size, but of different origin, and used for its tenacity as a preparation for gilding and the like.n. A glutinous printing-ink made to receive and retain the bronze-powder of gold or silver which is dusted on it.n. In physiology, the buffy coat observed on the surface of coagulated blood in certain conditions.n. In brickmaking, plasticity, as of the clay before burning.To cover with size; prepare with size; stiffen by means of size.To smear over with any substance acting like size: occurring chiefly in compounds.To render plastic: said of clay.n. Same as sice.To cut or trim to the size required.