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. --Blackstone.
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.”
Some man praiseth his neighbor by a wicked intent. --Chaucer.
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.
The number slain on the rebel's part were some two thousand. --Bacon.
5. Considerable in number or quantity. “Bore us some leagues to sea.”
On its outer point, some miles away.
The lighthouse lifts its massive masonry. --Longfellow.
6. Certain; those of one part or portion; -- in distinction from other or others; as, some men believe one thing, and others another.
Some [seeds] fell among thorns; . . . but other fell into good ground. --Matt. xiii. 7, 8.
7. A part; a portion; -- used pronominally, and followed sometimes by of; as, some of our provisions.
Your edicts some reclaim from sins,
But most your life and blest example wins. --Dryden.
All and some, one and all. See under All, adv. [Obs.]
Note: ☞ The illiterate in the United States and Scotland often use some as an adverb, instead of somewhat, or an equivalent expression; as, I am some tired; he is some better; it rains some, etc.
Some . . . some, one part . . . another part; these . . . those; -- used distributively.
Some to the shores do fly,
Some to the woods, or whither fear advised. --Daniel.
Note: ☞ Formerly used also of single persons or things: this one . . . that one; one . . . another.
Some in his bed, some in the deep sea. --Chaucer.
1. Wholly; completely; altogether; entirely; quite; very; as, all bedewed; my friend is all for amusement. “And cheeks all pale.”
Note: ☞ In the ancient phrases, all too dear, all too much, all so long, etc., this word retains its appropriate sense or becomes intensive.
2. Even; just. (Often a mere intensive adjunct.) [Obs. or Poet.]
All as his straying flock he fed. --Spenser.
A damsel lay deploring
All on a rock reclined. --Gay.
All to, or All-to. In such phrases as “all to rent,” “all to break,” “all-to frozen,” etc., which are of frequent occurrence in our old authors, the all and the to have commonly been regarded as forming a compound adverb, equivalent in meaning to entirely, completely, altogether. But the sense of entireness lies wholly in the word all (as it does in “all forlorn,” and similar expressions), and the to properly belongs to the following word, being a kind of intensive prefix (orig. meaning asunder and answering to the LG. ter-, HG. zer-). It is frequently to be met with in old books, used without the all. Thus Wyclif says, “The vail of the temple was to rent:” and of Judas, “He was hanged and to-burst the middle:” i. e., burst in two, or asunder.
All along. See under Along.
All and some, individually and collectively, one and all. [Obs.] “Displeased all and some.” --Fairfax.
All but. (a) Scarcely; not even. [Obs.] --Shak. (b) Almost; nearly. “The fine arts were all but proscribed.” --Macaulay.
All hollow, entirely, completely; as, to beat any one all hollow. [Low]
All one, the same thing in effect; that is, wholly the same thing.
All over, over the whole extent; thoroughly; wholly; as, she is her mother all over. [Colloq.]
All the better, wholly the better; that is, better by the whole difference.
All the same, nevertheless. “There they [certain phenomena] remain rooted all the same, whether we recognize them or not.” --J. C. Shairp. “But Rugby is a very nice place all the same.” --T. Arnold. -- See also under All, n.