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size up


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v size up to look at critically or searchingly, or in minute detail "he scrutinized his likeness in the mirror"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A flea can jump 150 times its size. That is the same as a person able to jump up 1,000 feet in the air
    • Size up to measure, consider carefully
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  • Henry Ford
    “The best we can do is size up the chances, calculate the risks involved, estimate our ability to deal with them, and then make our plans with confidence.”
  • Sir Max Beerbohm
    “Men of genius are not quick judges of character. Deep thinking and high imagining blunt that trivial instinct by which you and I size people up.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “There is probably an element of malice in the readiness to overestimate people; we are laying up for ourselves the pleasure of later cutting them down to size.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Contr. of assize (q.v.).


In literature:

The brick rubble should be pounded up so that the largest pieces are about the size of hazel nuts.
"Cactus Culture For Amateurs" by W. Watson
Both these kinds are manufactured in England and France in sizes up to fifty tons weight.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 803, May 23, 1891" by Various
We've put up too long with your pranks, my fine fellow, Because of your size, upon which you presume.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 100, June 6, 1891" by Various
A good many Improper Characters came around and sized up the Lay-Out and then blew.
"People You Know" by George Ade
Devoe sized up that youth, set his lips together, and kept his eyes open.
"Behind the Line" by Ralph Henry Barbour
Will you ride him this evening, so I can size him up for that contest?
"The Happy Family" by Bertha Muzzy Bower
The hawk turned his head and sized Kit up.
"Ted Strong's Motor Car" by Edward C. Taylor
Well, he spreads it out and sizes it up.
"Wide Courses" by James Brendan Connolly
But the detective party, I've got sized up.
"No. 13 Washington Square" by Leroy Scott
Johnny sized up the situation carefully.
"Triple Spies" by Roy J. Snell
The grates are modern, and there isn't room for a good-sized cat to crawl up any of the chimneys.
"John Thorndyke's Cases" by R. Austin Freeman
Sizing up the situation, I knew I must have a drink, but how was I to get it?
"Dave Ranney" by Dave Ranney
Cut up two young chickens into good-sized pieces; put them in a saucepan with just enough water to cover them well.
"The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887)" by Mrs. F.L. Gillette
That man sized me up for a fool, an' I sized him up for a blamed smart Yankee.
"Gordon Keith" by Thomas Nelson Page
But I won't object, for I want to study and size him up.
"The Jungle Girl" by Gordon Casserly
Nick Carter sat and waited, silently sizing up the case as he then saw it.
"With Links of Steel" by Nicholas Carter
Having said so much about making up the size, let me add a few words as to other preparations that are sometimes necessary.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 483, April 4, 1885" by Various
I've got you sized up right.
"The Boss of the Lazy Y" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Ole Pierpont's watchin' Todd work out a few so he kin size up his style.
"Blister Jones" by John Taintor Foote
But I've sized up these State fellows, and they won't be able to touch you.
"The Young Pitcher" by Zane Grey

In poetry:

Picking up change, hands like a walrus,
and a face like a barndoor's,
and a head without any apparent size,
nothing but two eyes—
"A Wicker Basket" by Robert Creeley
Some said that his liver was short of bile,
And some that his heart was over size,
While some kept arguing, all the while,
He was crammed with tubercles up to his eyes.
"The Stethoscope Song. A Professional Ballad" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Behind the kitchen, then, with special pride
Noey stirred up a terrapin inside
The rain-barrel where he lived, with three or four
Little mud-turtles of a size not more
In neat circumference than the tiny toy
Dumb-watches worn by every little boy.
"At Noey's House" by James Whitcomb Riley
I'm standin' at the corner uv the Lane
Toyin' with sich thorts idly, when I spys
A furtive coot come sloushin' through the rain
An' stop to size me up with sidelong eyes.
An' then 'e chats me, with the punkest tale
That ever got a bad man into jail.
"Nocturne" by C J Dennis

In news:

View full size Randy L. Rasmussen/The Oregonian Cargo is backing up at the Port of Portland's Terminal 6, shown in this file photo.
View full size Brad Barr/US Presswire Mets pitcher Jon Niese warms up before today's spring-training game against the Atlanta Braves.
View full size John Munson/The Star-Ledger (2009) Rasheed Wallace could be the next man up on Knicks' radar now that Lou Amundson signed with Minnesota.
It can also be utilized for the sawing of solids up to 6 in diameter as well as tubing almost any size.
McAllen, Texas was hit hard with thunderstorms that produced baseball sized hail up to 2.75 inches and flash flooding.
Sizing Up the Gaffe Effect.
A new wave of Web-enabled software helps companies to streamline HR services -- and size up worker skills.
Antoine Hood sizes up his defender.
Sizing up Raul Ryan's sartorial side.
Move it to the right to increase the Dock 's size (up to the point where it can't exceed the width of your Mac's display).
We've been sizing up your role with the Clippers, and we feel your pain.
Demi Lovato sizes up 'X Factor ' Final Four.
Super Size Me' filmmaker Spurlock sizes up jail.
This series sizes up the health of the economy based on conversations with regular everyday people -- including those met randomly at the coffee shop.
Sizing Up the New iPad Mini.

In science:

In order to see, if the spanning probabilities are converging towards a step function at some threshold value, we have calculated the probabilities up to the system size L2 = 10002 and each point with 5000 realizations.
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
Systems for different strengths h of the random fields and sizes up to N = 963 are considered.
Specific-Heat Exponent of Random-Field Systems via Ground-State Calculations
In the investigations generally L × L finite samples with linear size up to L = 24 were considered and periodic boundary conditions were used in both directions.
The Random-bond Potts model in the large-q limit
Exact ground states of systems with sizes up to 324 are obtained using graph theoretical algorithms.
Critical exponents of four-dimensional random-field Ising systems
The T = 0 behavior of the four-dimensional RFIM has been studied27 using exact ground states up to size L = 10.
Critical exponents of four-dimensional random-field Ising systems
The random field Ising model in three dimensions with Gaussian random fields is studied at zero temperature for system sizes up to 603 .
Ground state numerical study of the three-dimensional random field Ising model
The numerical results were obtained using Hoshen–Kopelman algorithm.5 We investigated a number of sample lattices with linear size L up to 128 sites.
On Site Percolation on Correlated Simple Cubic Lattice
The data presented here are well converged data for sizes up to L = 256.
Scaling determination of the nonlinear I-V characteristics for 2D superconducting networks
Ref. 12 confirms the scaling prediction for sizes up to Ly = 64.
Scaling determination of the nonlinear I-V characteristics for 2D superconducting networks
Such a behavior has already been mentioned in,20 supported by exact diagonalization calculations for large system sizes (up to 4096 spins).
Crossover effects in the random exchange spin-1/2 antiferromagnetic chain
III, we present the free-fermions ED results for the spin-spin correlation functions for various disorder strengths for system sizes (with periodic boundary conditions) up to 4096 sites.
Crossover effects in the random exchange spin-1/2 antiferromagnetic chain
Using exact diagonalization calculations at the XX point and quantum Monte Carlo SSE simulations for ∆ ≥ 0 we studied the ground state spin-spin and string correlation functions for system sizes up to L = 4096 for ∆ = 0.
Crossover effects in the random exchange spin-1/2 antiferromagnetic chain
Averaging has been done over Ns = 103 samples for the biggest sizes and up to 105 for the smallest ones such that the error bars are well controlled, as we can observe.
Scaling of the spin stiffness in random spin-1/2 chains : Crossover from pure-metallic behaviour to random singlet-localized regime
Define X (Bk, t) to be Pτ ∈σ(X ) χBk (X (τ ) − X (τ −)), viz., the sum of the jumps of size in Bk up to time t.
Measure convolution semigroups and non-infinitely divisible probability distributions
For such purpose the Lanczos algorithm was employed and the scaling behavior is achieved by considering linear lattice size up to L = 25 for many random configurations.
Quantum correlations from Brownian diffusion of chaotic level-spacings