I'm looking for a word or idiom that describes something that is small but powerful. For example, a tiny computer that is capable of doing the same work as a larger computer.

  • "Pint-sized powerhouse"? (warning: TVTropes)
    – Kreiri
    Sep 21, 2014 at 19:56
  • In some contexts "pocket rocket" Sep 21, 2014 at 20:07
  • Extremely condensed. Sep 21, 2014 at 21:57
  • small but mighty
    – Freddy
    Sep 22, 2014 at 5:09
  • When it's about people you can use "pocket rocket".
    – tymtam
    Oct 4, 2018 at 0:31

4 Answers 4


Concentrated and its synonyms.


best things come in small packages, good things come in small packages

From TFD:

best things come in small packages, good things come in small packages

Prov. Small packages often contain valuable things. (Sometimes said of petite or short people.)

Jill: I'm upset at George. He only gave me this tiny box for my birthday. Jane: Don't get upset till you know what's in it. Good things do come in small packages.

Child: I hate being so short. Grandmother: You shouldn't. The best things come in small packages.

From dictionary.cambridge.org:

good things come in small packages


said to emphasize that something does not need to be big in order to be good


I might suggest:


defined as meaning

related to atoms

which as we all know are very small but immensely powerful.


One option might be scaled down

reduce proportionally; "The model is scaled down" The Free Dictionary

  • Jim, the issue with this I would say, is it doesn't include the concept of power or energy, merely the diminutive size.
    – Gary
    Jul 31, 2016 at 18:42

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