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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Less·er a.  Less; smaller; inferior.
    God made . . . the lesser light to rule the night.   --Gen. i. 15.
 Note:Lesser is used for less, now the compar. of little, in certain special instances in which its employment has become established by custom; as, Lesser Asia (i. e., Asia Minor), the lesser light, and some others; also in poetry, for the sake of the meter, and in prose where its use renders the passage more euphonious.
    The more my prayer, the lesser is my grace.   --Shak.
    The larger here, and there the lesser lambs.   --Pope.
    By the same reason may a man, in the state of nature, punish the lesser breaches of the law.   --Locke.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Less·er, adv. Less. [Obs.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: of less size or importance; "the lesser anteater"; "the
             lesser of two evils" [ant: greater]
      2: smaller in size or amount or value; "the lesser powers of
         Europe"; "the lesser anteater"