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Canonical hoursCanonic Ca*non"ic, Cannonical Can*non"ic*al, a. [L.
cannonicus, LL. canonicalis, fr. L. canon: cf. F. canonique.
Of or pertaining to a canon; established by, or according to
a, canon or canons. ``The oath of canonical obedience.'
Canonical books, or Canonical Scriptures, those books
which are declared by the canons of the church to be of
divine inspiration; -- called collectively the canon. The
Roman Catholic Church holds as canonical several books
which Protestants reject as apocryphal.
Canonical epistles, an appellation given to the epistles
called also general or catholic. See Catholic epistles,
Canonical form (Math.), the simples or most symmetrical
form to which all functions of the same class can be
reduced without lose of generality.
Canonical hours, certain stated times of the day, fixed by
ecclesiastical laws, and appropriated to the offices of
prayer and devotion; also, certain portions of the
Breviary, to be used at stated hours of the day. In
England, this name is also given to the hours from 8 a. m.
to 3 p. m. (formerly 8 a. m. to 12 m.) before and after
which marriage can not be legally performed in any parish
Canonical letters, letters of several kinds, formerly given
by a bishop to traveling clergymen or laymen, to show that
they were entitled to receive the communion, and to
distinguish them from heretics.
Canonical life, the method or rule of living prescribed by
the ancient clergy who lived in community; a course of
living prescribed for the clergy, less rigid than the
monastic, and more restrained that the secular.
Canonical obedience, submission to the canons of a church,
especially the submission of the inferior clergy to their
bishops, and of other religious orders to their superiors.
Canonical punishments, such as the church may inflict, as
excommunication, degradation, penance, etc.
Canonical sins (Anc. Church.), those for which capital
punishment or public penance decreed by the canon was
inflicted, as idolatry, murder, adultery, heresy. Small hours 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.
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