Hypertext Webster Gateway: "several"

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

Several \Sev"er*al\, adv.
By itself; severally. [Obs.]

Every kind of thing is laid up several in barns or
storehoudses. --Robynson

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

Several \Sev"er*al\, n.
1. Each particular taken singly; an item; a detail; an
individual. [Obs.]

There was not time enough to hear . . . The
severals. --Shak.

2. Persons oe objects, more than two, but not very many.

Several of them neither rose from any conspicuous
family, nor left any behind them. --Addison.

3. An inclosed or separate place; inclosure. [Obs.]

They had their several for heathen nations, their
several for the people of their own nation.

{In several}, in a state of separation. [R.] ``Where pastures
in several be.'' --Tusser.

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

Several \Sev"er*al\, a. [OF., fr. LL. separalis, fr. L. separ
separate, different. See {Sever}, {Separate}.]
1. Separate; distinct; particular; single.

Each several ship a victory did gain. --Dryden.

Each might his several province well command, Would
all but stoop to what they understand. --Pope.

2. Diverse; different; various. --Spenser.

Habits and faculties, several, and to be
distinguished. --Bacon.

Four several armies to the field are led. --Dryden.

3. Consisting of a number more than two, but not very many;
divers; sundry; as, several persons were present when the
event took place.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: (used with count nouns) of an indefinite number more than 2
or 3 but not many; "several letters came in the mail";
"several people were injured in the accident" [syn: {several(a)}]
2: considered individually; "the respective club members";
"specialists in their several fields"; "the various
reports all agreed" [syn: {respective(a)}, {several(a)}, {various(a)}]
3: distinct and individual; "three several times" [syn: {several(p)}]

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