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- severall (obsolete)
- (obsolete) Separate, distinct; particular. [15th-19th century]
- 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Iulius Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals, and the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals):
- Here is the will, and under Caesar's seal.
To every Roman citizen he gives,
to every several man, seventy-five drachmas.
- 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], chapter II, in The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970, , section i:
- So one thing may be good and bad to several parties, upon diverse occasions.
- 1852, Washington Irving, Tales from the Alhambra:
- the hearts of the three cavaliers were completely captured, especially as gratitude was added to their admiration; it is a little singular, however, though no less certain, that each of them was enraptured with a several beauty.
- 1668, John Dryden, Annus Mirabilis: The Year of Wonders, M. DC. LXVI. […], London: […] Henry Herringman, […], OCLC 1064438096, (please specify the stanza number):
- Each several ship a victory did gain.
- A number of different; various. [from 16th century]
- 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene i]:
- […] for several virtues
Have I lik'd several women; never any
With so full soul but some defect in her
Did quarrel with the noblest grace she ow'd,
And put it to the foil […].
- 1625, Francis Bacon, Of Simulation and Dissimulation
- habits and faculties, several, and to be distinguished
- (law) Separable, capable of being treated separately.
- Consisting of a number more than two but not very many. [from 17th century]
- Several cars were in the parking lot.
- They had many journals. I subscribed to several.
- Several of the members were absent.
- 1784, William Jones, The Description and Use of a New Portable Orrery, &c., preface:
- The favourable reception the Orrery has met with from Perſons of the firſt diſtinction, and from Gentlemen and Ladies in general, has induced me to add to it ſeveral new improvements in order to give it a degree of Perfection; and diſtinguiſh it from others ; which by Piracy, or Imitation, may be introduced to the Public.
- 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 14, in The China Governess:
- Just under the ceiling there were three lunette windows, heavily barred and blacked out in the normal way by centuries of grime. Their bases were on a level with the pavement outside, a narrow way which was several feet lower than the road behind the house.
- 6 November 2004, The Guardian:
- Several people were killed and around 150 injured after a high-speed train hit a car on a level crossing and derailed tonight.
- 2013 June 8, “Obama goes troll-hunting”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 55:
- The solitary, lumbering trolls of Scandinavian mythology would sometimes be turned to stone by exposure to sunlight. Barack Obama is hoping that several measures announced on June 4th will have a similarly paralysing effect on their modern incarnation, the patent troll.
- Some dictionaries and many older grammars put several into the word class 'pronoun' in many of its uses.
consisting of a number more than two, but not very many
obsolete: separate, distinct
diverse; different; various
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several (not comparable)
- By itself; severally.
- 1551, Thomas More, “(please specify the Internet Archive page)”, in Raphe Robynson [i.e., Ralph Robinson], transl., A Fruteful, and Pleasaunt Worke of the Best State of a Publyque Weale, and of the Newe Yle Called Utopia: […], London: […] [Steven Mierdman for] Abraham Vele, […], OCLC 1180784885:
- Every kind of thing is laid up several in barns or storehouses.
several (plural severals)
- (obsolete) An area of land in private ownership (as opposed to common land).
- Each particular taken singly; an item; a detail; an individual. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- (archaic) An enclosed or separate place; enclosure. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- (archaic) A woman's loose outer garment, capable of being worn as a shawl, or in other forms.
obsolete: an area of land in private ownership
each particular taken singly; an item; a detail; an individual
archaic: an enclosed or separate place; enclosure
- several at OneLook Dictionary Search
- “several” in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
several m (oblique and nominative feminine singular severale)
Declension of several
- English: several