Less conj. Unless. [Obs.]
Less, a. Smaller; not so large or great; not so much; shorter; inferior; as, a less quantity or number; a horse of less size or value; in less time than before.
Note: ☞ The substantive which less qualifies is often omitted; as, the purse contained less (money) than ten dollars. See Less, n.
Thus in less [time] than a hundred years from the coming of Augustine, all England became Christian. --E. A. Freeman.
Less, adv. Not so much; in a smaller or lower degree; as, less bright or loud; less beautiful.
1. A smaller portion or quantity.
The children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less. --Ex. xvi. 17.
2. The inferior, younger, or smaller.
The less is blessed of the better. --Heb. vii. 7.
Less, v. t. To make less; to lessen. [Obs.]
adj 1: (comparative of `little' usually used with mass nouns) a
quantifier meaning not as great in amount or degree;
"of less importance"; "less time to spend with the
family"; "a shower uses less water"; "less than three
years old" [syn: less(a)] [ant: more(a)]
2: (usually preceded by `no') lower in quality; "no less than
3: (usually preceded by `no') lower in esteem; "no less a
person than the king himself" [syn: lower]
4: (nonstandard in some uses but often idiomatic with measure
phrases) fewer; "less than three weeks"; "no less than 50
people attended"; "in 25 words or less"
adv 1: used to form the comparative of some adjectives and adverbs;
"less interesting"; "less expensive"; "less quickly"
[syn: to a lesser extent] [ant: more]
2: comparative of little; "she walks less than she should"; "he
works less these days" [ant: more]