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Something (noun)

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Something. n.s. [ꞅumðınᵹ, Saxon.]

  1. Not nothing, though it appears not what; a thing or matter indeterminate.

                    When fierce Bavar
    Did from afar the British chief behold,
    Betwixt despair and rage, and hope and pain,
    Something within his warring bosom roll'd.

    The force of the air upon the pulmonary artery is but small, in respect of that of the heart; but it is still something. Arbuthnot on Aliments.

    You'll say the whole world has something to do, something to talk of, something to wish for, and something to be employed about; but pray put all these somethings together, and what is the sum total but just nothing. Pope's Letters.

    Here she beholds the chaos dark and deep,
    Where nameless somethings in their causes sleep.

  2. More or less.

    Something yet of doubt remains. Milton.

    Years following years steal something ev'ry day,
    At least they steal us from ourselves away.

  3. Part.

    Something of it arises from our infant state. Watts

  4. Distance not great.

    I will acquaint you with the perfect spy o' th' time; for't must be done to-night, and something from the palace. Shakesp.

Sources: Arbuthnot, John (227) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136) · Milton, John (449) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Prior, Matthew (162) · Watts, Isaac (117)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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