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Definite Article, Adverb


Adjective some has 4 senses

Adverbial some has 1 sense

  • some(r = adv.all) about, approximately, around, close to, just about, more or less, or so, roughly - (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct; "lasted approximately an hour"; "in just about a minute"; "he's about 30 years old"; "I've had about all I can stand"; "we meet about once a month"; "some forty people came"; "weighs around a hundred pounds"; "roughly $3,000"; "holds 3 gallons, more or less"; "20 or so people were at the party"


somea. [OE. som, sum, AS. sum; akin to OS., OFries., & OHG. sum, OD. som, D. sommig, Icel. sumr, Dan. somme (pl.), Sw. somlige (pl.), Goth. sums, and E. same. Same, a., and cf. -some.].
  •  Consisting of a greater or less portion or sum; composed of a quantity or number which is not stated; -- used to express an indefinite quantity or number; as, some wine; some water; some persons. Used also pronominally; as, I have some.  [1913 Webster]
    "Some theoretical writers allege that there was a time when there was no such thing as society."  [1913 Webster]
  •  A certain; one; -- indicating a person, thing, event, etc., as not known individually, or designated more specifically; as, some man, that is, some one man.  Mrs. Barbauld.  [1913 Webster]
    "Some man praiseth his neighbor by a wicked intent."  [1913 Webster]
    "Most gentlemen of property, at some period or other of their lives, are ambitious of representing their county in Parliament."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Not much; a little; moderate; as, the censure was to some extent just.  [1913 Webster]
  •  About; near; more or less; -- used commonly with numerals, but formerly also with a singular substantive of time or distance; as, a village of some eighty houses; some two or three persons; some hour hence.  Shak.  [1913 Webster]
    "The number slain on the rebel's part were some two thousand."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Considerable in number or quantity.  Shak.  [1913 Webster]
    "On its outer point, some miles away.
    The lighthouse lifts its massive masonry.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  Certain; those of one part or portion; -- in distinction from other or others; as, some men believe one thing, and others another.  [1913 Webster]
    "Some [seeds] fell among thorns; . . . but other fell into good ground."  [1913 Webster]
  •  A part; a portion; -- used pronominally, and followed sometimes by of; as, some of our provisions.  [1913 Webster]
    " The illiterate in the United States and Scotland often use some as an adverb, instead of somewhat, or an equivalent expression; as, I am some tired; he is some better; it rains some, etc."  [1913 Webster]
    " Formerly used also of single persons or things: this one . . . that one; one . . . another."  [1913 Webster]
    "Your edicts some reclaim from sins,
    But most your life and blest example wins.
    "  [1913 Webster]
    "Some to the shores do fly,
    Some to the woods, or whither fear advised.
    "  [1913 Webster]
    "Some in his bed, some in the deep sea."  [1913 Webster]
All and some, one and all. See under All, adv. [Obs.]
Some . . . some, one part . . . another part; these . . . those; -- used distributively.


some, adj., pron., & adv.
1 an unspecified amount or number of (some water; some apples; some of them).
2 that is unknown or unnamed (will return some day; some fool has locked the door; to some extent).
3 denoting an approximate number (waited some twenty minutes).
4 a considerable amount or number of (went to some trouble).
5 (usu. stressed) a at least a small amount of (do have some consideration). b such to a certain extent (that is some help). c colloq. notably such (I call that some story).
--pron. some people or things, some number or amount (I have some already; would you like some more?).
--adv. colloq. to some extent (we talked some; do it some more).

and then some sl. and plenty more than that. some few see FEW.
OE sum f. Gmc



Daedalian, a, about, adept, adroit, all but, almost, an, any, anything, approximately, apt, artistic, as good as, aught, authoritative, bravura, brilliant, certain, circa, clean, clever, composite, coordinated, crack, crackerjack, cunning, cute, daedal, deft, dexterous, dextrous, diplomatic, divers, excellent, expert, fairly, fancy, good, goodish, graceful, handy, ingenious, just about, kind of, magisterial, masterful, masterly, measured, moderately, more, more or less, more than one, most, nearly, neat, no mean, not singular, numerous, one, plural, pluralistic, plurative, plus ou moins, politic, practically, professional, proficient, quantified, quantitative, quantitive, quantized, quick, quite some, ready, resourceful, skillful, slick, something, somewhat, statesmanlike, stylish, sundry, tactful, the compleat, the complete, various, virtuoso, well-done, well-nigh, workmanlike




N quantity, magnitude, size, amplitude, magnitude, mass, amount, sum, quantum, measure, substance, strength, force, mathematics, mathesis, category, general conception, universal predicament, armful, handful, mouthful, spoonful, capful, stock, batch, lot, dose, yaffle, quantitative, some, any, aught, more or less, a few, to the tune of, all of, a full, the sum of, fully, exactly, precisely.


N smallness, littleness, tenuity, paucity, fewness, meanness, insignificance (unimportance), mediocrity, moderation, small quantity, modicum, trace, hint, minimum, vanishing point, material point, atom, particle, molecule, corpuscle, point, speck, dot, mote, jot, iota, ace, minutiae, details, look, thought, idea, soupcon, dab, dight, whit, tittle, shade, shadow, spark, scintilla, gleam, touch, cast, grain, scruple, granule, globule, minim, sup, sip, sop, spice, drop, droplet, sprinkling, dash, morceau, screed, smack, tinge, tincture, inch, patch, scantling, tatter, cantlet, flitter, gobbet, mite, bit, morsel, crumb, seed, fritter, shive, snip, snippet, snick, snack, snatch, slip, scrag, chip, chipping, shiver, sliver, driblet, clipping, paring, shaving, hair, nutshell, thimbleful, spoonful, handful, capful, mouthful, fragment, fraction, drop in the ocean, animalcule, trifle, mere nothing, next to nothing, hardly anything, just enough to swear by, the shadow of a shade, finiteness, finite quantity, small, little, diminutive, minute, fine, inconsiderable, paltry, faint, slender, light, slight, scanty, scant, limited, meager, sparing, few, low, so-so, middling, tolerable, no great shakes, below par, under par, below the mark, at a low ebb, halfway, moderate, modest, tender, subtle, inappreciable, evanescent, infinitesimal, homeopathic, very small, atomic, corpuscular, microscopic, molecular, subatomic, mere, simple, sheer, stark, bare, near run, dull, petty, shallow, stolid, ungifted, unintelligent, to a small extent, on a small scale, a little bit, a wee bit, slightly, imperceptibly, miserably, wretchedly, insufficiently, imperfectly, faintly, passably, pretty well, well enough, partially, in part, in a certain degree, to a certain degree, to a certain extent, comparatively, some, rather in some degree, in some measure, something, somewhat, simply, only, purely, merely, at least, at the least, at most, at the most, ever so little, as little as may be, tant soit peu, in ever so small a degree, thus far, pro tanto, within bounds, in a manner, after a fashion, so to speak, almost, nearly, well-nigh, short of, not quite, all but, near upon, close upon, peu s'en faut, near the mark, within an ace of, within an inch of, on the brink of, scarcely, hardly, barely, only just, no more than, about, thereabouts, somewhere about, nearly, say, be the same, be little more or less, no ways, no way, no wise, not at all, not in the least, not a bit, not a bit of it, not a whit, not a jot, not a shadow, in no wise, in no respect, by no means, by no manner of means, on no account, at no hand, dare pondus idonea fumo, magno conatu magnas nugas, small sands the mountain, moments make the year.


N plurality, a number, a certain number, one or two, two or three, a few, several, multitude, majority, multitude, plural, more than one, upwards of, some, several, a few, certain, not alone, et cetera, etc, among other things, inter alia, non deficit alter.

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