Adjective "Dwarf" definition and examples

(Dwarf may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/dwɔːf/

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Definitions and examples

noun

(in folklore or fantasy literature) a member of a mythical race of short, stocky human-like creatures who are generally skilled in mining and metalworking.
  1. 'Up ahead, sat two large doors set into the stone with two short dwarves guarding them.'
  2. 'He didn't know what the aliens called themselves, but they were short and stocky of stature, much like the dwarfs of folklore.'
  3. 'For those of you unfamiliar with J.R.R. Tolkien, prepare to enter a land where humans share the earth with goblins, trolls, elves, dwarves, dragons and, of course, hobbits.'
  4. 'Using his momentum, and short stature, the dwarf rammed his head into the elves stomach before it could strike with its sword.'
  5. 'The third voyage involves confrontations with a race of wicked dwarfs and a Cyclops-like giant who reminds us of Homer's Polyphemus.'
  6. 'There is certainly room for a literal interpretation that portrays Wagner's gods, giants, dwarfs, and heroes as the Nordic myth and the libretto describe them.'
  7. 'Over the rolling plains of Edelwilde walk giants, dwarfs, elves, fairies and many other creatures unknown to the rest of the world.'
  8. 'The dwarves are very skilled warriors and craftsmen.'
  9. 'They would tease each other about their race, even though both the elves and dragons were superior races, compared to dwarves, trolls, and fairies.'
  10. 'They raced past startled dwarves and overturned carts filled to the brim with glittering diamonds as the rushed deeper into the mountain.'
  11. 'Coming out of the forest onto the southern slopes of the hill was a herd of Yellowhorn, a species of dwarf deer common west of the mountains.'
  12. 'On islands, including Flores, dwarf forms of large animals and giant forms of small ones are common.'
  13. 'The boat conducts dwarf minke whale research in addition to a ‘swim with whales’ program for tourists.'
  14. 'There is little doubt that the animals they found were a dwarf species - not small or deformed individuals of a larger species.'
  15. 'They look great planted with dwarf conifers, especially when a variety of shapes, colors and textures are used.'
  16. 'Evergreen plants, including dwarf conifers such as hemlocks, junipers, pines, and spruces, can form a backbone to anchor the design of a rock garden.'
  17. 'Many conifer trees species have dwarf varieties available.'
  18. 'Now, a scientist believes male dwarf minke whales may make a sci-fi sound to attract females.'
  19. 'For the most pleasure, plant dwarf sweet box near a doorway or window.'
  20. 'Scientists have unearthed the bones of a human dwarf species in Indonesia that existed as recently as 18,000 years ago.'
A star of relatively small size and low luminosity, including the majority of main sequence stars.
  1. 'The stellar wind from the red dwarf star removes the dust in the debris disk by causing the dust to slowly spiral into the star.'
  2. 'So the coolest, dimmest dwarfs represent the remnants of the oldest stars.'

verb

Cause to seem small or insignificant in comparison.
  1. 'His church, though not particularly small, is dwarfed by the UN buildings.'
  2. 'As a painter he is best known for dramatic and sinister architectural views, with figures dwarfed by their gloomy surroundings.'
  3. 'This is because the amount of savings income you can get is almost always dwarfed by interest rates you pay on your debts.'
  4. 'The effects that electric and magnetic fields have on matter almost always dwarf the effects of gravity.'
  5. 'In comparison the earth is dwarfed by mighty Jupiter, so the presence of Ganymede is not really that unusual.'
  6. 'The new design does not even remotely fit in with the rest of the area and will, as you can see, dwarf the other surrounding buildings.'
  7. 'The big, scary experiences always seem to dwarf the good ones, for me at least.'
  8. 'The consumption of the previous evening, prodigious by any standards, was exceeded nay, dwarfed by that which was to follow.'
  9. 'They would be dwarfed by the resort-style building which could emerge in the city centre.'
  10. 'The bonfire which was lit on the beach that evening was dwarfed into insignificance by the reflection it threw out over the water.'
  11. 'the dwarfed but solid branch of a tree'
  12. 'The calculated hydraulic conductivity of the graft tissue was found to be lower for grafted trees on dwarfing rootstocks compared to invigorating rootstocks.'
  13. 'The two independent, recessive dwarfing genes produced four distinct seedling growth habits in field trials.'
  14. 'Interstocks are used to induce a specific plant development response (e.g. dwarfing, overcome graft incompatibility).'

More definitions

1. a person of abnormally small stature owing to a pathological condition, especially one suffering from cretinism or some other disease that produces disproportion or deformation of features and limbs.

2. an animal or plant much smaller than the average of its kind or species.

3. (in folklore) a being in the form of a small, often misshapen and ugly, man, usually having magic powers.

4. Astronomy. dwarf star. adjective

5. of unusually small stature or siz

More examples(as adjective)

"schools can be dwarf for miles."

"holds can be dwarf."

"cichlids can be dwarf."

"stars can be dwarf."

"conifers can be dwarf."

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Origin

Old English dweorg, dweorh, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dwerg and German Zwerg.