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lessmore about less


  7  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  -less  \-less\  (-l[e^]s).  [AS.  le['a]s  loose,  false;  akin  to  OS 
  l[=o]s  loose,  false,  D.  los  loose,  loos  false,  sly,  G.  los 
  loose,  Icel.  lauss  loose,  vacant,  Goth.  laus  empty,  vain,  and 
  also  to  E.  loose,  lose.  [root]127.  See  {Lose},  and  cf 
  {Loose},  {Leasing}.] 
  A  privative  adjective  suffix,  denoting  without  destitute  of 
  not  having  as  witless,  childless,  fatherless. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Less  \Less\  (l[e^]s),  conj. 
  Unless.  [Obs.]  --B.  Jonson 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Less  \Less\,  a.  [OE.  lesse,  AS  l[=ae]ssa;  akin  to  OFries 
  l[=e]ssa;  a  compar.  from  a  lost  positive  form  Cf  {Lesser}, 
  {Lest},  {Least}.  Less  has  the  sense  of  the  comparative  degree 
  of  little.] 
  Smaller;  not  so  large  or  great;  not  so  much  shorter; 
  inferior;  as  a  less  quantity  or  number;  a  horse  of  less  size 
  or  value;  in  less  time  than  before 
  Note:  The  substantive  which  less  qualifies  is  often  omitted; 
  as  the  purse  contained  less  (money)  than  ten  dollars. 
  See  {Less},  n. 
  Thus  in  less  [time]  than  a  hundred  years  from  the 
  coming  of  Augustine,  all  England  became 
  Christian.  --E.  A. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Less  \Less\,  adv  [AS.  l[=ae]s.  See  {Less},  adj.,  and  cf 
  Not  so  much  in  a  smaller  or  lower  degree;  as  less  bright  or 
  loud;  less  beautiful. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Less  \Less\,  n. 
  1.  A  smaller  portion  or  quantity. 
  The  children  of  Israel  did  so  and  gathered,  some 
  more  some  less  --Ex.  xvi.  17. 
  2.  The  inferior,  younger,  or  smaller. 
  The  less  is  blessed  of  the  better.  --Heb.  vii.  7. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Less  \Less\,  v.  t. 
  To  make  less  to  lessen.  [Obs.]  --Gower. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  (comparative  of  `little'  usually  used  with  mass  nouns) 
  quantifier  meaning  not  as  great  in  amount  or  degree; 
  "of  less  importance";  "less  time  to  spend  with  the 
  family";  "a  shower  uses  less  water";  "less  than  three 
  years  old"  [syn:  {less(a)}]  [ant:  {more(a)}] 
  2:  (usually  preceded  by  `no')  lower  in  quality;  "no  less  than 
  3:  (usually  preceded  by  `no)'  lower  in  esteem;  "no  less  a 
  person  than  the  king  himself"  [syn:  {lower}] 
  4:  (nonstandard  in  some  uses  but  often  idiomatic  with  measure 
  phrases;  `we  had  less  apples'  is  not  acceptable)  fewer; 
  "less  than  three  weeks";  "no  less  than  50  people 
  attended";  "in  25  words  or  less" 
  n  :  smaller  in  amount  or  degree:  "the  less  I  see  of  you  the 
  better";  "people  have  lost  their  heads  for  less" 
  adv  1:  used  to  form  the  comparative  of  some  adjectives  and  adverbs; 
  "less  interesting";  "less  expensive";  "less  quickly" 
  [syn:  {to  a  lesser  extent}]  [ant:  {more}] 
  2:  comparative  of  little;  "she  walks  less  than  she  should";  "he 
  works  less  these  days"  [ant:  {more}] 

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