Hypertext Webster Gateway: "Some"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

-some \-some\ (-s[=o]m).
A combining form or suffix from Gr. sw^ma (gen. sw`matos) the
body; as in merosome, a body segment; cephalosome, etc.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

-some \-some\ (-s[u^]m). [AS. -sum; akin to G. & OHG. -sam,
Icel. samr, Goth. lustusams longed for. See {Same}, a., and
cf. {Some}, a.]
An adjective suffix having primarily the sense of like or
same, and indicating a considerable degree of the thing or
quality denoted in the first part of the compound; as in
mettlesome, full of mettle or spirit; gladsome, full of
gladness; winsome, blithesome, etc.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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.

Some theoretical writers allege that there was a
time when there was no such thing as society.

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.

Some man praiseth his neighbor by a wicked intent.

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

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

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.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: 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" [syn: {some(a)}] [ant: {no(a)}, {all(a)}]
2: unknown or unspecified; "some lunatic drove into my car";
"some man telephoned while you were out"; "some day my
prince will come"; "some enchanted evening" [syn: {some(a)}]
3: relatively much but unspecified in amount or extent; "we
talked for some time"; "he was still some distance away"
[syn: {some(a)}]
4: relatively many but unspecified in number; "they were here
for some weeks"; "we did not meet again for some years"
[syn: {some(a)}]
5: (informal; slang) remarkable; "that was some party"; "she is
some skier"
adv : (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct;
"lasted approximately an hour"; "in just about a
minute"; "he's about 30 years old"; "I've had about all
I can stand"; "we meet about once a month"; "some forty
people came"; "weighs around a hundred pounds";
"roughly $3,000"; "holds 3 gallons, more or less"; "20
or so people were at the party" [syn: {approximately},
{about}, {close to}, {just about}, {roughly}, {more or
less}, {around}, {or so}]

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