Much a. [Compar. & superl. wanting, but supplied by More and Most from another root.]
1. Great in quantity; long in duration; as, much rain has fallen; much time.
Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in. --Deut. xxviii. 38.
2. Many in number. [Archaic]
Edom came out against him with much people. --Num. xx. 20.
3. High in rank or position. [Obs.]
More n. A hill. [Prov. Eng.]
More, n. A root. [Obs.]
More, a., compar. [Positive wanting; superl. Most ]
1. Greater; superior; increased; as: (a) Greater in quality, amount, degree, quality, and the like; with the singular.
He gat more money. --Chaucer.
If we procure not to ourselves more woe. --Milton.
Note: ☞ More, in this sense, was formerly used in connection with some other qualifying word, -- a, the, this, their, etc., -- which now requires the substitution of greater, further, or the like, for more.
Whilst sisters nine, which dwell on Parnasse height,
Do make them music for their more delight. --Spenser.
The more part knew not wherefore they were come together. --Acts xix. 32.
Wrong not that wrong with a more contempt. --Shak.
(b) Greater in number; exceeding in numbers; -- with the plural.
The people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we. --Ex. i. 9.
2. Additional; other; as, he wept because there were no more worlds to conquer.
With open arms received one poet more. --Pope.
1. A greater quantity, amount, or number; that which exceeds or surpasses in any way what it is compared with.
And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less. --Ex. xvi. 17.
2. That which is in addition; something other and further; an additional or greater amount.
They that would have more and more can never have enough. --L'Estrange.
O! That pang where more than madness lies. --Byron.
Any more. (a) Anything or something additional or further; as, I do not need any more. (b) Adverbially: Further; beyond a certain time; as, do not think any more about it.
No more, not anything more; nothing in addition.
The more and less, the high and low. [Obs.] --Shak. “All cried, both less and more.” --Chaucer.
1. In a greater quantity; in or to a greater extent or degree. (a) With a verb or participle.
The riches of Heaven's pavement. --Milton.
(b) With an adjective or adverb (instead of the suffix -er) to form the comparative degree; as, more durable; more active; more sweetly.
Happy here, and more happy hereafter. --Bacon.
Note: ☞ Double comparatives were common among writers of the Elizabeth period, and for some time later; as, more brighter; more dearer.
The duke of Milan
And his more braver daughter. --Shak.
2. In addition; further; besides; again.
Yet once more, O ye laurels, and once more,
Ye myrtles brown, with ivy never sere,
I come to pluck your berries harsh and crude. --Milton.
More and more, with continual increase. “Amon trespassed more and more.” --2 Chron. xxxiii. 23.
The more, to a greater degree; by an added quantity; for a reason already specified.
The more -- the more, by how much more -- by so much more. “The more he praised it in himself, the more he seems to suspect that in very deed it was not in him.” --Milton.
To be no more, to have ceased to be; as, Cassius is no more; Troy is no more.
Those oracles which set the world in flames,
Nor ceased to burn till kingdoms were no more. --Byron.
More, v. t. To make more; to increase. [Obs.]
adj 1: (comparative of `much' used with mass nouns) a quantifier
meaning greater in size or amount or extent or degree;
"more land"; "more support"; "more rain fell"; "more
than a gallon" [syn: more(a), more than] [ant: less(a)]
2: (comparative of `many' used with count nouns) quantifier
meaning greater in number; "a hall with more seats"; "we
have no more bananas"; "more than one" [syn: more(a)]
3: existing or coming by way of addition; "an additional
problem"; "further information"; "there will be further
delays"; "took more time" [syn: additional, further(a),
n : English statesman who opposed Henry VIII's divorce from
Catherine of Aragon and was imprisoned and beheaded;
recalled for his concept of Utopia, the ideal state [syn:
Thomas More, Sir Thomas More]
adv 1: used to form the comparative of some adjectives and adverbs;
"more interesting"; "more beautiful"; "more quickly"
[syn: to a greater extent] [ant: less]
2: comparative of much; to a greater degree or extent; "he
works more now"; "they eat more than they should" [ant: less]