1. the hours just after midnight
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Small \Small\ (sm[add]l), a. [Compar. Smaller
(sm[add]l"[~e]r); superl. Smallest.] [OE. small, AS. smael;
akin to D. smal narrow, OS. & OHG. smal small, G. schmal
narrow, Dan. & Sw. smal, Goth. smals small, Icel. smali small
cattle, sheep, or goats; cf. Gr. mh^lon a sheep or goat.]
1. Having little size, compared with other things of the same
kind; little in quantity or degree; diminutive; not large
or extended in dimension; not great; not much;
inconsiderable; as, a small man; a small river.
Great things with small. --Milton.
2. Being of slight consequence; feeble in influence or
importance; unimportant; trivial; insignificant; as, a
small fault; a small business.
3. Envincing little worth or ability; not large-minded; --
sometimes, in reproach, paltry; mean.
A true delineation of the smallest man is capable of
interesting the greatest man. --Carlyle.
4. Not prolonged in duration; not extended in time; short;
as, after a small space. --Shak.
5. Weak; slender; fine; gentle; soft; not loud. "A still,
small voice." --1 Kings xix. 12.
Great and small,of all ranks or degrees; -- used especially
of persons. "His quests, great and small." --Chaucer.
Small arms, muskets, rifles, pistols, etc., in distinction
Small beer. See under Beer.
(a) Little coals of wood formerly used to light fires.
(b) Coal about the size of a hazelnut, separated from the
coarser parts by screening.
Small craft (Naut.), a vessel, or vessels in general, of a
Small fruits. See under Fruit.
Small hand, a certain size of paper. See under Paper.
Small hours. See under Hour.
Small letter. (Print.), a lower-case letter. See
Lower-case, and Capital letter, under Capital, a.
Small piece, a Scotch coin worth about 21/4d. sterling, or
Small register. See the Note under 1st Register, 7.
Small stuff (Naut.), spun yarn, marline, and the smallest
kinds of rope. --R. H. Dana, Jr.
Small talk, light or trifling conversation; chitchat.
Small wares (Com.), various small textile articles, as
tapes, braid, tringe, and the like. --M`Culloch.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the hours just after midnight
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
22 Moby Thesaurus words for "small hours":
alpenglow, aurora, belatedness, crepuscule, dawnlight,
eleventh hour, first light, foredawn, glow, half-light, high time,
last minute, late hour, lateness, morning twilight, tardiness,
the small hours, twilight, unpreparedness, unpunctuality,