Hypertext Webster Gateway: "many"

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

Many \Ma"ny\, n. [See {Meine}, {Mansion}.]
A retinue of servants; a household. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

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

Many \Ma"ny\, a. or pron.

Note: [It has no variation to express degrees of comparison;
more and most, which are used for the comparative and
superlative degrees, are from a different root.] [OE.
mani, moni, AS. manig, m[ae]nig, monig; akin to D.
menig, OS. & OHG. manag, G. manch, Dan. mange, Sw.
m[*a]nge, Goth. manags, OSlav. mnog', Russ. mnogii; cf.
Icel. margr, Prov. E. mort. [root]103.]
Consisting of a great number; numerous; not few.

Thou shalt be a father of many nations. --Gen. xvii.

Not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not
many noble, are called. --1 Cor. i.

Note: Many is freely prefixed to participles, forming
compounds which need no special explanation; as,
many-angled, many-celled, many-eyed, many-footed,
many-handed, many-leaved, many-lettered, many-named,
many-peopled, many-petaled, many-seeded, many-syllabled
(polysyllabic), many-tongued, many-voiced, many-wived,
and the like.

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

Many \Ma"ny\, n. [AS. menigeo, menigo, menio, multitude; akin to
G. menge, OHG. manag[=i], menig[=i], Goth. managei. See
{Many}, a.]
1. The populace; the common people; the majority of people,
or of a community.

After him the rascal many ran. --Spenser.

2. A large or considerable number.

A many of our bodies shall no doubt Find native
graves. --Shak.

Seeing a great many in rich gowns. --Addison.

It will be concluded by manythat he lived like an
honest man. --Fielding.

Note: In this sense, many is connected immediately with
another substantive (without of) to show of what the
many consists; as, a good many [of] people think so.

He is liable to a great many inconveniences.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : (quantifier used with count nouns; often preceded by `as' or
`too' or `so' or `that') amounting to a large but
indefinite number; "many temptations"; "the temptations
are many"; "a good many"; "a great many"; "many
directions"; "take as many apples as you like"; "too
many clouds to see"; "never saw so many people" [ant: {few}]

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