Some some
Some Some (s[u^]m), a. [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. [root]191. See {Same}, a., and cf. {-some}.] 1. 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. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. ``Some brighter clime.'' --Mrs. Barbauld. [1913 Webster]

Some man praiseth his neighbor by a wicked intent. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Most gentlemen of property, at some period or other of their lives, are ambitious of representing their county in Parliament. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

3. Not much; a little; moderate; as, the censure was to some extent just. [1913 Webster]

4. 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. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

5. Considerable in number or quantity. ``Bore us some leagues to sea.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

On its outer point, some miles away. The lighthouse lifts its massive masonry. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

6. 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. --Matt. xiii. 7, 8. [1913 Webster]

7. A part; a portion; -- used pronominally, and followed sometimes by of; as, some of our provisions. [1913 Webster]

Your edicts some reclaim from sins, But most your life and blest example wins. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{All and some}, one and all. See under {All}, adv. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Note: 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]

{Some . . . some}, one part . . . another part; these . . . those; -- used distributively. [1913 Webster]

Some to the shores do fly, Some to the woods, or whither fear advised. --Daniel. [1913 Webster]

Note: Formerly used also of single persons or things: this one . . . that one; one . . . another. [1913 Webster]

Some in his bed, some in the deep sea. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]


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