[sʌm;s(ə)m] or [sʌm]
(adj.) remarkable; 'that was some party'; 'she is some skier' .
(adj.) relatively many but unspecified in number; 'they were here for some weeks'; 'we did not meet again for some years' .
(adj.) relatively much but unspecified in amount or extent; 'we talked for some time'; 'he was still some distance away' .
(adj.) quantifier; used with either mass nouns or plural count nouns to indicate an unspecified number or quantity; 'have some milk'; 'some roses were still blooming'; 'having some friends over'; 'some apples'; 'some paper' .
Editor: Myra--From WordNet
(a.) 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.
(a.) 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.
(a.) Not much; a little; moderate; as, the censure was to some extent just.
(a.) 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.
(a.) Considerable in number or quality.
(a.) Certain; those of one part or portion; -- in distinct from other or others; as, some men believe one thing, and others another.
(a.) A part; a portion; -- used pronominally, and followed sometimes by of; as, some of our provisions.
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Synonyms and Synonymous
a. . More or less, a certain quantity of, a certain number of.. One (indefinitely), a, an, any.. About, near.. Several, a considerable number.. Some people, some persons.. A part, a portion.
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adj. denoting an indefinite number or quantity: certain in distinction from others: moderate or in a certain degree: about.—adv. (prov.) somewhat in some degree.—n. Some′body some or any body or person: a person of importance.—advs. Some′deal Some′dele (Spens.) in some degree somewhat; Some′gate (Scot.) somewhere somehow; Some′how in some way or other.—adj. Some′-such somewhat of that kind.—n. Some′thing an indefinite thing or event: a portion an indefinite quantity.—adv. in some degree.—advs. Some′time at a time not fixed: once: at one time or other; Some′times at certain times: now and then: at one time: (B.) once formerly.—n. Some′what an unfixed quantity or degree.—adv. in some degree.—advs. Some′when some time or other; Some′where in some place: in one place or another; Some′while sometimes at times; Some′whither to some place.
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- Mr. Godfrey had some brandy and soda-water, Mr. Franklin took nothing. Wilkie Collins. The Moonstone.
- It was generally believed that there would be a flurry; that some of the extreme Southern States would go so far as to pass ordinances of secession. Ulysses S. Grant. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.
- We have been on the look-out for him, and there was some idea that he had got away to America. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
- You will have my sketches, some time or other, to look ator my tour to reador my poem. Jane Austen. Emma.
- I say, said Legree, stamping and whistling to the dogs, wake up, some of you, and keep me company! Harriet Beecher Stowe. Uncle Tom's Cabin.
- Women are certainly quicker in some things than men. Charlotte Bronte. Villette.
- Is there some one in La Granja capable of this? Hemingway, Ernest. For Whom The Bell Tolls.
- She stood looking at him in gloomy, heavy silence, for some time. D. H. Lawrence. Women in Love .
- Some weeks of spare time were at my disposal, before I entered on my functions by establishing myself in the suburbs of London. Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.
- It may be questioned whether some of the present pedagogical interest in the matter of values of studies is not either excessive or else too narrow. John Dewey. Democracy and Education.
- We can here consider only a few cases; of these, some of the most difficult to explain are presented by fish. Charles Darwin. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.
- Mr. Bell quite startled me when he said, some idea of the kind--' 'Mr. Bell! Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell. North and South.
- There are some points which are as dark as ever. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
- Mrs. Bulstrode did not wish to go nearer to the facts than in the phrase make some amends; knowing that her husband must understand her. George Eliot. Middlemarch.
- Except bills of exchange, and some other mercantile bills, all other deeds, bonds, and contracts, are subject to a stamp duty. Adam Smith. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
- My father brought me to the door, not a minute ago, but unfortunately he was not told that you were here, and he has gone away on some business. Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell. North and South.
- I soon fell into the company of some Dutch sailors belonging to the Amboyna, of Amsterdam, a stout ship of 450 tons. Jonathan Swift. Gulliver's Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World.
- In some sense, men had always used an inductive method in dealing with their immediate practical concerns. John Dewey. Democracy and Education.
- Tell my servant to bring me up some hot water at half-past eight in the morning, and that I shall not want him any more to-night. Charles Dickens. The Pickwick Papers.
- As I had had some previous experience with the statements of mining men, I concluded I would just send down a small plant and prospect the field before putting up a large one. Frank Lewis Dyer. Edison, His Life and Inventions.
- The ovens and some deep holes had been equipped as dressing stations. Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell To Arms.
- This growth and dying and reproduction of living things leads to some very wonderful consequences. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- You'll want some money. Charles Dickens. Great Expectations.
- After waiting some time Mrs. Clements became alarmed, and ordered the cabman to drive back to her lodgings. Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.
- Shall I play some of those little melodies of Mozart's which you used to like so much? Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.
- Amy stood a minute, turning the leaves in her hand, reading on each some sweet rebuke for all heartburnings and uncharitableness of spirit. Louisa May Alcott. Little Women.
- I wish to leave the poor girls some little independence, as well as a good name. Charles Dickens. Bleak House.
- Indisputably, Mr. Home owned manly self-control, however he might secretly feel on some matters. Charlotte Bronte. Villette.
- She brought him some milk, and he drank of it gratefully and lay down again, to forget in pleasant dreams his lost battle and his humbled pride. Mark Twain. The Innocents Abroad.
- The attack was made and many shots fell within the fort, creating some consternation, as we now know. Ulysses S. Grant. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.
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