some


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

-some \-some\ (-s[=o]m).
   A combining form or suffix from Gr. sw^ma (gen. sw`matos) the
   body; as in merosome, a body segment; cephalosome, etc.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

-some \-some\ (-s[u^]m). [AS. -sum; akin to G. & OHG. -sam,
   Icel. samr, Goth. lustusams longed for. See Same, a., and
   cf. Some, a.]
   An adjective suffix having primarily the sense of like or
   same, and indicating a considerable degree of the thing or
   quality denoted in the first part of the compound; as in
   mettlesome, full of mettle or spirit; gladsome, full of
   gladness; winsome, blithesome, etc.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Some \Some\ (s[u^]m), a. [OE. som, sum, AS. sum; akin to OS.,
   OFries., & OHG. sum, OD. som, D. sommig, Icel. sumr, Dan.
   somme (pl.), Sw. somlige (pl.), Goth. sums, and E. same.
   [root]191. See Same, a., and cf. -some.]
   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.
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            Some theoretical writers allege that there was a
            time when there was no such thing as society.
                                                  --Blackstone.
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   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." --Mrs. Barbauld.
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            Some man praiseth his neighbor by a wicked intent.
                                                  --Chaucer.
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            Most gentlemen of property, at some period or other
            of their lives, are ambitious of representing their
            county in Parliament.                 --Blackstone.
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   3. Not much; a little; moderate; as, the censure was to some
      extent just.
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   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. --Shak.
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            The number slain on the rebel's part were some two
            thousand.                             --Bacon.
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   5. Considerable in number or quantity. "Bore us some leagues
      to sea." --Shak.
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            On its outer point, some miles away.
            The lighthouse lifts its massive masonry.
                                                  --Longfellow.
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   6. Certain; those of one part or portion; -- in distinction
      from other or others; as, some men believe one thing,
      and others another.
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            Some [seeds] fell among thorns; . . . but other fell
            into good ground.                     --Matt. xiii.
                                                  7, 8.
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   7. A part; a portion; -- used pronominally, and followed
      sometimes by of; as, some of our provisions.
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            Your edicts some reclaim from sins,
            But most your life and blest example wins. --Dryden.
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   All and some, one and all. See under All, adv. [Obs.]
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   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.
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   Some . . . some, one part . . . another part; these . . .
      those; -- used distributively.
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            Some to the shores do fly,
            Some to the woods, or whither fear advised.
                                                  --Daniel.
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   Note: Formerly used also of single persons or things: this
         one . . . that one; one . . . another.
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               Some in his bed, some in the deep sea. --Chaucer.
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