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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  About  \A*bout"\,  prep.  [OE.  aboute  abouten  abuten  AS 
  [=a]butan,  onbutan  on  +  butan,  which  is  from  be  by  +  utan 
  outward,  from  ut  out  See  {But},  {Out}.] 
  1.  Around  all  round;  on  every  side  of  ``Look  about  you.'' 
  --Shak.  ``Bind  them  about  thy  neck.''  --Prov.  iii.  3. 
 
  2.  In  the  immediate  neighborhood  of  in  contiguity  or 
  proximity  to  near  as  to  place  by  or  on  (one's  person). 
  ``Have  you  much  money  about  you?''  --Bulwer. 
 
  3.  Over  or  upon  different  parts  of  through  or  over  in 
  various  directions;  here  and  there  in  to  and  fro  in 
  throughout. 
 
  Lampoons  .  .  .  were  handed  about  the  coffeehouses. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  Roving  still  about  the  world.  --Milton. 
 
  4.  Near  not  far  from  --  determining  approximately  time, 
  size,  quantity.  ``To-morrow,  about  this  time.''  --Exod. 
  ix  18.  ``About  my  stature.''  --Shak. 
 
  He  went  out  about  the  third  hour.  --Matt.  xx  3. 
 
  Note:  This  use  passes  into  the  adverbial  sense 
 
  5.  In  concern  with  engaged  in  intent  on 
 
  I  must  be  about  my  Father's  business.  --Luke  ii  49. 
 
  6.  Before  a  verbal  noun  or  an  infinitive:  On  the  point  or 
  verge  of  going;  in  act  of 
 
  Paul  was  now  aboutto  open  his  mouth.  --Acts  xviii. 
  14. 
 
  7.  Concerning;  with  regard  to  on  account  of  touching.  ``To 
  treat  about  thy  ransom.''  --Milton. 
 
  She  must  have  her  way  about  Sarah.  --Trollope. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  About  \A*bout"\,  adv 
  1.  On  all  sides;  around 
 
  'Tis  time  to  look  about  --Shak. 
 
  2.  In  circuit;  circularly;  by  a  circuitous  way  around  the 
  outside;  as  a  mile  about  and  a  third  of  a  mile  across 
 
  3.  Here  and  there  around  in  one  place  and  another. 
 
  Wandering  about  from  house  to  house.  --1  Tim.  v. 
  13. 
 
  4.  Nearly;  approximately;  with  close  correspondence,  in 
  quality,  manner,  degree,  etc.;  as  about  as  cold;  about  as 
  high;  --  also  of  quantity,  number,  time.  ``There  fell  .  . 
  .  about  three  thousand  men.''  --Exod.  xxii.  28. 
 
  5.  To  a  reserved  position;  half  round;  in  the  opposite 
  direction;  on  the  opposite  tack;  as  to  face  about  to 
  turn  one's  self  about 
 
  {To  bring  about},  to  cause  to  take  place  to  accomplish. 
 
  {To  come  about},  to  occur;  to  take  place  See  under  {Come}. 
 
 
  {To  go  about},  {To  set  about},  to  undertake;  to  arrange;  to 
  prepare.  ``Shall  we  set  about  some  revels?''  --Shak. 
 
  {Round  about},  in  every  direction  around 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  about 
  adj  :  on  the  move  "up  and  about";  "the  whole  town  was  astir  over 
  the  incident"  [syn:  {about(p)},  {astir(p)}] 
  adv  1:  (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"  [syn:  {approximately}, 
  {close  to},  {just  about},  {some},  {roughly},  {more  or 
  less},  {around},  {or  so}] 
  2:  all  around  or  on  all  sides;  "dirty  clothes  lying  around  (or 
  about)";  "let's  look  about  for  help";  "There  were  trees 
  growing  all  around";  "she  looked  around  her"  [syn:  {around}] 
  3:  in  the  area  or  vicinity;  "a  few  spectators  standing  about"; 
  "hanging  around";  "waited  around  for  the  next  flight" 
  [syn:  {around}] 
  4:  to  or  among  many  different  places  or  in  no  particular 
  direction;  "wandering  about  with  no  place  to  go";  "people 
  were  rushing  about";  "news  gets  around  (or  about)"; 
  "traveled  around  in  Asia";  "he  needs  advice  from  someone 
  who's  been  around";  "she  sleeps  around"  [syn:  {around}] 
  5:  in  or  to  a  reversed  position  or  direction;  "about  face"; 
  "brought  the  ship  about";  "suddenly  she  turned  around" 
  [syn:  {around}] 
  6:  in  rotation  or  succession;  "turn  about  is  fair  play" 
  7:  (of  actions  or  states)  slightly  short  of  or  not  quite 
  accomplished;  "the  job  is  just  about  done";  "the  baby 
  was  almost  asleep  when  the  alarm  sounded";  "we're  almost 
  finished";  "the  car  all  but  ran  her  down";  "he  nearly 
  fainted";  "talked  for  nigh  onto  2  hours";  "the  recording 
  is  well-nigh  perfect";  "virtually  all  the  parties  signed 
  the  contract";  (`near'  is  used  informally  for  `nearly'  as 
  in  "I  was  near  exhausted  by  the  run";  `most'  is  used 
  informally  for  `almost'  as  in  "most  everybody  agrees") 
  [syn:  {just  about},  {almost},  {most},  {all  but},  {nearly}, 
  {near},  {nigh},  {virtually},  {well-nigh}] 




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