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Definitions of less

  1. (usually preceded by `no') lower in quality; "no less than perfect" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. used to form the comparative of some adjectives and adverbs; "less interesting"; "less expensive"; "less quickly" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. comparative of little; "she walks less than she should"; "he works less these days" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. (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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. (comparative of `little' usually used with mass nouns) a 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7. (nonstandard in some uses but often idiomatic with measure phrases) fewer; "less than three weeks"; "no less than 50 people attended"; "in 25 words or less" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. (usually preceded by `no') lower in esteem; "no less a person than the king himself" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. Unless. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Not so much; in a smaller or lower degree; as, less bright or loud; less beautiful. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. A smaller portion or quantity. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. The inferior, younger, or smaller. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To make less; to lessen. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Comparative of little; not so much; smaller; made smaller by taking away; as, ten less seven. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. In a smaller or lower degree. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. A smaller quantity; a suffix meaning without; as, worthless, etc. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  18. (serves as comp. of LITTLE), Diminished: smaller. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  19. Not so much: in a lower degree. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  20. A smaller portion: (B.) the inferior or younger. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  21. A smaller portion; the younger or inferior. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  22. In a smaller degree. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  23. Smaller; not so large. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  24. Smaller; inferior. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. In inferior or smaller degree; not so much. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. A termination expressing deprivation or destitution, often equivalent to "without"; as, harmless. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. Comparative of Little; smaller; not so large or great. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  28. Not so much; a smaller portion; the inferior or younger. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  29. Comp. of little; smaller; not so large or great. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  30. Not so much; in a smaller or lower degree. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  31. The inferior; a smaller portion. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  32. les, adj. (serves as comp. of little) diminished: smaller.--adv. not so much: in a lower degree.--n. a smaller portion: (B.) the inferior or younger. [A.S. l['æ]ssa, less, l['æ]s (adv.); comparative form from a root lasinn, feeble, found also in Goth. lasiws, weak, Ice. las, weakness, not conn. with little.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  33. (Of abstracts expressing measurement, as size, degree, duration, number) smaller (opp. greater; in a l. degree, of l. magnitude or importance); of smaller quantity, not so much, not so much of, (opp. more; find l. difficulty; eat l. meat; of two evils choose the l.; may your shadow never be l., may you not grow thin); of lower rank &c. (rare; no l. a person than; James the L.). (Prep.) minus, deducting, (a year l. three days). (N.) smaller amount, quantity, or number (can not take l.; in l. than no time joe. very quickly or soon; often far. little, much, nothing, some- thing, l.; expected nothing l. than an attack, expected an attack& no milder procedure, but see under the adv.). (Adv.) to smaller extent, in lower degree, (often none the, no, not the, l.; l. known &c. or l.-known &c.; do not suspect him of equivocation, still l. or much l. of lying; nothing l., anything rather; expected nothing l. than an attack, did not expect attack at all, but see the now usu. sense under n.). [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  34. English leas (used both as separate adj. in sense free from, devoid of, & as suf.) forming adjj. (guileless, homeless) & advv. (doubtless) f. nn. On anal. of compds in which the component n. was of same form as the corr. vb (countless, dauntless, numberless) & the sense was unable, -less has been appended to vbs (resistless, describeless, tirelcss). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  35. adv. Not so much; in a smaller or lower degree a termination to nouns and adjectives with the sense of negation or privation. Cabinet Dictionary
  36. n. A smaller portion;— the inferior; the younger. Cabinet Dictionary

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