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Lit·tle

(lit'ĕl),
William J., English surgeon, 1810-1894. See: Little disease.
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Their ideal hero is a prince of littleness, and to become that many a powerful mind, enchanted by love, is "lost to life and use and name and fame.
Of his figure, which was well enough formed, though somewhat of the leanest, he entertained the highest admiration; and with his legs, which, in knee-breeches, were perfect curiosities of littleness, he was enraptured to a degree amounting to enthusiasm.
His mind, now disengaged from the cares which had pressed on him at first, was at leisure to find the Grants and their young inmates really worth visiting; and though infinitely above scheming or contriving for any the most advantageous matrimonial establishment that could be among the apparent possibilities of any one most dear to him, and disdaining even as a littleness the being quick-sighted on such points, he could not avoid perceiving, in a grand and careless way, that Mr.
It may not have been explained that the littleness of Mildred lay in his being six feet four and big in proportion.
As the master overpowered the littleness and incapableness of the performers and made them conductors of his electricity, so it was easy to observe what efforts nature was making, through so many hoarse, wooden, and imperfect persons, to produce beautiful voices, fluid and soul- guided men and women.
In presence of this ingenuous greatness of soul, Aramis felt his own littleness.
In fact, she could not help supposing that some littleness of nature had a part in all the refinements, reserves, and subtleties of feeling for which her friends and family were so distinguished.
He was beaten down to movelessness by an overwhelming sense of his own weakness and littleness.
In the utter dependency of a child, in the littleness of a small boy, he personally showed us a measure of the true relationship with God.
In his light, we are dared to examine once more our prejudice and bigotry, our fixation with order and exclusion, the boundaries of our loyalty, and the littleness of our love.
Such undisguised display of littleness or pettiness by otherwise recognized leaders of the party upends that recognition and renders them, pitiably, the 'vanquished'.
While these opening lines contrast the glory of nature with the littleness of man, the poem rapidly reassigns that glory to nature's creator, God: the source of wonder "is nobler" than nature and "lies" "deeper far" "[t]han aught dependent on the fickle skies" (53, 55-56).