Taxonomy of meanings for 少:

  • shào (OC: hmljews MC: ɕiɛu) 失照切 去 廣韻:【幼少漢書曰少府秦官掌山海池澤之稅以給供養又漢複姓五氏説苑趙簡子御有少室周魯惠公子施叔之後有少施氏家語魯有少正卯孔子弟子有少叔乗何氏姓苑有少師氏失照切又失沼切二 】
  • shǎo (OC: hmljewʔ MC: ɕiɛu) 書沼切 上 廣韻:【不多也書沼切又式照切三 】
    • in number>FEW
      • nminority
      • nsubjectwhat is not numerous
      • nabstativeindigence, dearth
      • nmsubj=nonhumanwhat there is little of
      • v[adN]few people, a small number of people
      • vad.VtoNfew objects; little of the object stuff
      • vad.VtoNreference=objectfew objects N
      • vadNa small quantity of, few
      • vadVreference=objecton a small scale> few objects; little of the object mass
      • vibe few in number; be few things
      • vichangedecrease
      • vigradedthere are few; be few 甚少
      • vt+prep+Ngradedbe fewer than
      • vt0oN{SUBJ}rare: there are few of 少人 "there are few people"
      • vtoNhave few
      • vtoNcausativecause to be few> reduce; pretend that a number is small
      • vibe in the minority (perhaps vt( prep N "be fewer than the contextually determinate N)
      • generalised>LITTLE
        • vad.Vt(oN)reference=objectV little of the contextually determinate stuff N
        • vad.VtoNreference=objecton a small scale, (to VERB) little, a small amount of the object kind; VERB on a small scale
        • vadNslight; of small amount; after negatives: the slightest amount
        • vadVfor a short while; a little
        • vibe slight in quantity (by comparison), be small in quantity (by comparison
        • vichangebecome less in quantity
        • vigradedbe comparatively less in quantity; be comparatively little 甚少
        • degree>TENUOUS
          • vadNtenuous
          • causative>REDUCE
            • adverbial>SLIGHTLY
              • vadVon a small scale; a little; a little distance; for a short while
            • subjective>UNIMPORTANT
              • vadNunimportant
              • visubject=humanbe of little worth
              • putative>DESPISE
                • vtoNpsychdespise (oneself)
                • vtoNputativederived think of as incompetent or ignorant, or in other ways insufficient; belittle
              • social>HUMBLE
                • vadNjunior, minor, lowly
                • vibe junior, minor, lowly
        • comparative>INSUFFICIENT
          • vtoNbe insufficiently endowed with
          • thus mistaken, mathematical>MISTAKE
            • nabmathematical termCHEMLA 2003:
      • event>RARE
        • vadVseldom
        • vibe rare
        • vichangebecome rare
        • short time>MOMENT
          • v[adN.]adVfor a short moment
          • v-P.adVshortfor a short while
          • after a short time>THEREUPON
            • vadVa short time afterwards
        • sha4o number of years>YOUNG
          • v[adN]nonreferentialthe young; the younger; juniors
          • vadNof young age; (in office designations) junior; of younger age
          • vadVin one's young days; in one's younger days
          • vigradedcomparative intransitive verb: be junior; be a minor, be young; be younger than oneself 最少
          • v[adN]N=humthe younger one; the youngest one
          • vt+prep+Ngradedbe younger than
          • junior>ASSISTANT
            • vadNjunior; assistant