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abnormally short human, pygmy, midget; small man with magical powers (Folklore)
reduce, minimize, miniaturize, make small
miniature, tiny, undersized

Dwarf(s) (Icelandic) [from dvergr, Anglo-Saxon dveorg, German zwerg, Swedish dvarg] Popularly thought to be "little people," in Norse mythology they are described as mindre (which can mean either "smaller" or "less") than human; hence dwarfs may be regarded as creatures smaller than or less evolved than human beings. The word may also connote "middle," which can describe the position of the so-called dwarf kingdoms in our universe.
Among the dwarf names in the Eddas are typical animal characteristics, such as Antlered or Speedy. There are also more general names such as Sindre (vegetation) and Brock (the mineral world). At the formation of our globe earth Sindre and Brock, sons of Ivaldi, regent of the former earth -- now the moon -- created suitable gifts for the gods Odin, Thor, and Frey in competition with Loki and Dvalin (human nature). Their respective gifts were:
Artisans: Sindre and Brock // Loki and Dvalin
for Odin: Draupnir - - - - - - // - - Gungnir for Thor: Mjolnir - - - - - - - // - - Sif's hair for Frey: Gullinbursti - - - - - // - - Skidbladnir
Thus the vegetable and animal world produce for Odin the cyclic progression of events, for Thor electric power and life force, and for Frey (the earth deity) the golden boar (earth) on which he rides through space; the gifts of Loki (intelligence) and Dvalin (unawakened human soul) are: for Odin the spear which never fails its mark (spiritual will), for Thor they restore the golden hair of Sif (the harvest, spiritual and material), and for Frey the ship which contains all seeds of life but which can be folded up like a kerchief when its age is over.

\dwarf\ (?), n.; pl. dwarfs (#). [oe. dwergh, dwerf, dwarf, as. dweorg, dweorh; akin to d. dwerg, mhg. twerc, g. zwerg, icel. dvergr, sw. & dan. dverg; of unknown origin.] an animal or plant which is much below the ordinary size of its species or kind; especially, a diminutive human being.
note: during the middle ages dwarfs as well as fools shared the favor of courts and the nobility.
note: dwarf is used adjectively in reference to anything much below the usual or normal size; as, dwarf tree; dwarf honeysuckle.
elder (bot.), danewort.
wall (arch.), a low wall, not as high as the story of a building, often used as a garden wall or fence.
\dwarf\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. dwarfed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. dwarfing.] to hinder from growing to the natural size; to make or keep small; to stunt. even the most common moral ideas and affections would be stunted and dwarfed, if cut off from a spiritual background. c. shairp.
\dwarf\, v. i. to become small; to diminish in size. strange power of the world that, the moment we enter it, our great conceptions dwarf.

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 dwarf oak 
 yellow dwarf 
 dwarf maple 
 dwarf daisy 
 dwarf salmon 
 dwarf pocket rat 
 dwarf wall 
 dwarf tulip 
 dwarf sumac 
 red dwarf 
 primordial dwarf 
 white dwarf star 
 white dwarf 
 tasman dwarf pine 
 dwarf chinkapin oak 
 true dwarf 
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 red dwarf star 
 dwarf elder 
 yellow dwarf of potato 
 dwarf chinquapin oak 
 dwarf bilberry 

DWARF is a widely used, standardized debugging data format. DWARF was originally designed along with Executable and Linkable Format (ELF), although it is independent of object file formats. The name is a medieval fantasy complement to "ELF" that has no official meaning, although the backronym 'Debugging With Attributed Record Formats' was later proposed.

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Dwarf may refer to:
  • Dwarf (mythology), a being from Germanic mythology and folklore
  • A person or animal with dwarfism

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1. a person who is abnormally small
(synonym) midget, nanus
(hypernym) small person
(hyponym) primordial dwarf, hypoplastic dwarf, true dwarf, normal dwarf
2. a legendary creature resembling a tiny old man; lives in the depths of the earth and guards buried treasure
(synonym) gnome
(hypernym) fairy, faery, faerie, sprite
(hyponym) Nibelung
1. make appear small by comparison; "This year's debt dwarves that of last year"
(synonym) shadow, overshadow
(hypernym) dominate, command, overlook, overtop
(derivation) midget, nanus
2. check the growth of; "the lack of sunlight dwarfed these pines"
(hypernym) stunt
(derivation) midget, nanus

This is a very favorable dream. If the dwarf is well formed and pleasing in appearance, it omens you will never be dwarfed in mind or stature. Health and good constitution will admit of your engaging in many profitable pursuits both of mind and body.

To see your friends dwarfed, denotes their health, and you will have many pleasures through them.

Ugly and hideous dwarfs, always forebodes distressing states.

abhac m.; firín

Corach = n. a dwarf, pigmy Cordderw = n. dwarf oak Coren = n. female dwarf Corig = n. a little dwarf Crepa = n. a crabbed dwarf Gwrachell = n. a puny dwarf Gwrachen = n. a crabbed dwarf Llegyrn = n. a dwarf Llogwrn = n. a pigmy, a dwarf

(v. t.)
To hinder from growing to the natural size; to make or keep small; to stunt.
   (v. i.)
To become small; to diminish in size.
An animal or plant which is much below the ordinary size of its species or kind; especially, a diminutive human being.


The Children of Aulë.
"Baruk Khazâd! Khazâd aimênu!"
("Axes of the Dwarves! The Dwarves are upon you!" - The battle-cry of the Dwarves; from The Lord of the Rings Appendix F I, Of Other Races: Dwarves)
Unlike Elves and Men, the Dwarves are not Children of Ilúvatar; they were created by Aulë the Smith, though Ilúvatar granted them life. Aulë made seven Fathers of the Dwarves, and these slept through many ages until after the Awakening of the Elves. Almost all the Dwarves that appear in Tolkien's works were descended from the eldest of the Seven Fathers, Durin the Deathless.
Like Aulë their maker, the Dwarves delighted in smithcraft and stoneworking; they mined and worked metals throughout the mountains of Middle-earth. The Dwarves kept themselves apart from the other races; their language, Khuzdul, was a closely guarded secret, and they told their true names to none but themselves (all the Dwarf-names in Tolkien are in the tongues of Elves or Men, not true Dwarf names).
Origins of the Dwarves: The first Dwarves were made long ages ago by Aulë the Smith. He had dimly perceived the coming Children of Ilúvatar, and desired to make Children of his own to teach his many skills and arts.
Aulë's work was doomed, though, because he did not have the power to grant independent life to his creations - that power belonged to Ilúvatar alone. When the Dwarves were completed, though, the voice of Ilúvatar spoke to Aulë and agreed to grant them true life, and include them in His plan for Arda. Ilúvatar would not allow the Dwarves to awaken, though, until after the Firstborn (the Elves), and so Aulë set them to sleep far apart from one another, deep underground, until the time came for their awakening.
The History of the Dwarves Before the First Age: Ilúvatar promised Aulë that he would awaken the Fathers of the Dwarves 'when the time comes'. We must assume that he did so shortly after the Awakening of the Elves at Cuiviénen (very approximately between 9,000 and 10,000 years before the beginning of the First Age).
It seems that not long passed after their awakening before Durin the Deathless, eldest of the Fathers, founded Khazad-dûm (later called Moria) in the Misty Mountains. Certainly it was well established as their chief citadel by the time the first Dwarves crossed the Blue Mountains into Beleriand. This event is dated only as 'during the second age of the Captivity of Melkor', which would place it (approximately) between 3,000 and 6,000 years before the beginning of the First Age.
The Dwarves had no settlement in Beleriand itself, but they built two mighty citadels in the Blue Mountains; Gabilgathol to the north and Tumunzahar to the south. These fortress-cities are better known by the Elvish versions of their names; Belegost and Nogrod. The Dwarves also laid the long road that ran westwards out of the Blue Mountains and along the course of the River Ascar, crossing into East Beleriand at Sarn Athrad.
The Dwarves in Beleriand: For the Elves dwelling Beleriand, the first appearance of the Dwarves in the Blue Mountains was a startling revelation - until that time, the Elves had thought themselves the only speaking peoples in the World.
Throughout the long ages, the Elves and Dwarves developed a mutual respect which, if not quite friendship, was far from enmity. After their return to Middle-earth at the beginning of the First Age, the Noldor became closest in friendship with the Dwarves - both peoples revered Aulë, and both had a love of craft and making that made them natural allies.
Of all the Elves of Beleriand, though, it was not a Noldo but a Sindarin Elf who became most trusted and respected by the Dwarves. This was Eöl, the Dark Elf of Nan Elmoth, who travelled often to the Dwarf-cities in the Blue Mountains, and who took also his son Maeglin during his youth.
(Continued in Dwarves 2 - next entry).

a lean or emaciated person (Lev. 21:20).

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