some /ˈsʌm, ||/
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.
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 many but unspecified in number; "they were here
for some weeks"; "we did not meet again for some years"
4: remarkable; "that was some party"; "she is some skier"
5: relatively much but unspecified in amount or extent; "we
talked for some time"; "he was still some distance away"
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]