Hypertext Webster Gateway: "much"

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

Much \Much\, adv. [Cf. Icel. mj["o]k. See {Much}, a.]
To a great degree or extent; greatly; abundantly; far;
nearly. ``Much suffering heroes.'' --Pope.

Thou art much mightier than we. --Gen. xxvi.

Excellent speech becometh not a fool, much less do
lying lips a prince. --Prov. xvii.

Henceforth I fly not death, nor would prolong Life
much. --Milton.

All left the world much as they found it. --Sir W.

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

Much \Much\, n.
1. A great quantity; a great deal; also, an indefinite
quantity; as, you have as much as I.

He that gathered much had nothing over. --Ex. xvi.

Note: Muchin this sense can be regarded as an adjective
qualifying a word unexpressed, and may, therefore, be
modified by as, so, too, very.

2. A thing uncommon, wonderful, or noticeable; something

And [he] thought not much to clothe his enemies.

{To make much of}, to treat as something of especial value or

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

Much \Much\, a. [Compar. & superl. wanting, but supplied by
{More}, and {Most}, from another root.] [OE. moche, muche,
miche, prob. the same as mochel, muchel, michel, mikel, fr.
AS. micel, mycel; cf. Gr. ?, fem. ?, great, and Icel.
mj["o]k, adv., much. [root]103. See {Mickle}.]
1. Great in quantity; long in duration; as, much rain has
fallen; much time.

Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and
shalt gather but little in. --Deut.
xxviii. 38.

2. Many in number. [Archaic]

Edom came out against him with much people. --Num.
xx. 20.

3. High in rank or position. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : (quantifier used with mass nouns) great in quantity or
degree or extent; "not much rain"; "much affection";
"much grain is in storage" [syn: {much(a)}] [ant: {little(a)}]
n : a great amount or extent; "they did much for humanity"
adv 1: to a great degree or extent; "she's much better now"
2: very; "he was much annoyed"
3: to a very great degree or extent; "we enjoyed ourselves very
much"; "she was very much interested"; "this would help a
great deal" [syn: {a lot}, {a good deal}, {a great deal},
{very much}]
4: (degree adverb used before a noun phrase) for all practical
purposes but not completely; "much the same thing happened
every time" [syn: {practically}]
5: frequently or in great quantities; "I don't drink much"; "I
don't travel much" [syn: {a great deal}, {often}]

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