小 means 'small'

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Strokes : 3    Radical number: 42    Frequency: 35   JLPT: N5    Usefulness: 1    Study set: 1-2    Grade: 1   Intermediate lesson: 2    Beginner lesson: 7   Begins 741 words   Used in 1008 words   Used in 10140 names   Component in 400 kanji (68 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   こ-   お-   ちいさい small
Kun    さ-
Name    いさら   こう   さざ   しゃお   ちいさ
Find out how 小 relates to (few), and see how 小 can be the radical in (hit).
⿻   hook   () katakana 'ha'; eight  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 小 is used 32 times, read 4 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 小 is used 905 times, read 5 ways (with 3 variations). 1 word uses a non-standard reading.
ショウ : 418 words FIND ALL
primary school; elementary school; grade school
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こ- (read as こ) : 413 words FIND ALL
2 0
1. hut; cabin; shed; (animal) pen
2. small theatre (theater); temporary playhouse; circus tent; booth  (this meaning is restricted to reading こや)
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こ- (read as ご) : 25 words FIND ALL
hut (esp. on a mountain); shack; refuge; shanty
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ちいさい : 18 words FIND ALL
small; little; tiny
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お- (read as お) : 17 words FIND ALL
streamlet; brook
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さ- (read as さ) : 7 words FIND ALL
narrow; thin
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さざ: 1 word. FIND ALL
ripple (on water); wavelets  (often written with kana only)
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こう: 5 words. FIND ALL
1 0
lane; alley  (see also: 大路)
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Part of a non-standard reading: 1 word. FIND ALL
adzuki bean (Vigna angularis)
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An additional 101 less common words include 小 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 27 (originally: 36)  Joy o' Kanji : 36  Key to Kanji: 529 

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ショウ   こ-    お-    ちいさい small   
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