from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Being an unspecified number or quantity: Some people came into the room. Would you like some sugar?
  • adj. Being a portion or an unspecified number or quantity of a whole or group: He likes some modern sculpture but not all.
  • adj. Being a considerable number or quantity: She has been directing films for some years now.
  • adj. Unknown or unspecified by name: Some man called.
  • adj. Logic Being part and perhaps all of a class.
  • adj. Informal Remarkable: She is some skier.
  • pro. An indefinite or unspecified number or portion: We took some of the books to the auction. See Usage Note at every.
  • pro. An indefinite additional quantity: did the assigned work and then some.
  • adv. Approximately; about: Some 40 people attended the rally.
  • adv. Informal Somewhat: some tired.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • pro. A certain number, at least one.
  • pro. An indefinite quantity.
  • pro. An indefinite amount, a part.
  • A certain proportion of, at least one.
  • An unspecified quantity or number of.
  • An unspecified amount of (something uncountable).
  • A certain, an unspecified or unknown.
  • A considerable quantity or number of.
  • a remarkable.
  • adv. Of a measurement; approximately, roughly

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. 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. Used also pronominally.
  • adj. A certain; one; -- indicating a person, thing, event, etc., as not known individually, or designated more specifically.
  • adj. Not much; a little; moderate.
  • adj. About; near; more or less; -- used commonly with numerals, but formerly also with a singular substantive of time or distance.
  • adj. Considerable in number or quantity.
  • adj. Certain; those of one part or portion; -- in distinction from other or others.
  • adj. A part; a portion; -- used pronominally, and followed sometimes by of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A; a certain; one: noting a person or thing indefinitely, either as unknown or as unspecified.
  • In this sense often fallowed by a correlative other or another.
  • A certain indefinite or indeterminate quantity or part of; more or less: often so used as to denote a small quantity or a deficiency: as, bring some water; eat some bread.
  • In logic, at least one, perhaps all; but a few logicians sometimes employ a semidefinite some which implies a part, but not all.
  • A certain indefinite or indeterminate number of: used before plural substantives: as, some years ago.
  • Hence A certain number of, stated approximately: in a quasi-adverbial use before a numeral or other word of number: as, a place some seventy miles distant; some four or five of us will be there.
  • A certain person; one.
  • A certain quantity, part, or number, as distinguished from the rest: as, some of them are dead; we ate some of our provisions, and gave away the rest.
  • In this sense some is very commonly repeated, some … some (or, formerly, other some, as in Acts xvii. 18) meaning ‘a number … others,’ or ‘the rest.’
  • The plural some is occasionally used in the possessive.
  • Some, as originally used partitively with numbers (AS. feówra sum, one of four, etc.), has come to be an apparent distributive suffix, as in foursome, sevensome.
  • In some degree: to some extent; somewhat: as. I am some better; it is some cold.
  • As; so; ever: used indefinitely after certain adverbs and pronouns, like so, soever.
  • A suffix used to form adjectives from nouns or adjectives, as mettlesome, blithesome, lonesome, gladsome, gamesome, gruesome, quarrelsome, toothsome, troublesome, wholesome, winsome.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct
  • adj. quantifier; used with either mass nouns or plural count nouns to indicate an unspecified number or quantity
  • adj. remarkable
  • adj. relatively much but unspecified in amount or extent
  • adj. relatively many but unspecified in number


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old English sum, a certain one.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English some, sum, from Old English sum ("some, a certain one"), from Proto-Germanic *sumaz (“some, a certain one”), from Proto-Indo-European *sem- (“one, whole”). Cognate Scots sum, some ("some"), North Frisian som, sam, säm ("some"), West Frisian sommige, somlike ("some"), Low German sum ("some"), Dutch sommige ("some"), German dialectal summige ("some"), Danish somme ("some"), Swedish somlig ("some"), Norwegian sum, som ("some"), Icelandic sumur ("some"), Gothic 𐍃𐌿𐌼𐍃 (sums, "one, someone"). More at same.


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  • WORD: some

    One of the many DEFINITIONS for "some": (Adj., informal) Remarkable. -- American Heritage Dictionary; Wiktionary; Wordnet. (Cf., extraordinary, exceptional, unusual)

    EXAMPLE from Charlotte's Web:

    FARMER ZUCKERMAN: " . . . There is a large spider's web in the doorway of the barn cellar, right over the pigpen, and when Lurvy went to feed the pig this morning, he noticed the web because it was foggy, and you know how a spider's web looks very distinct in a fog. And spang in the middle of the web there were the words 'Some Pig.' The words were woven right into the web. They were actually part of the web, Edith. I know, because I have been down there and seen them. It says, 'Some Pig,' just as clear as can be. There can be no mistake about it. A miracle has happened and a sign has occurred here on earth, right on our farm, and we have no ordinary pig."

    "Well," said Mrs. Zuckerman, "it seems to me you're a little off. It seems to me we have no ordinary spider."

    "Oh, no," said Zuckerman. "It's the pig that's unusual. It says so, right there in the middle of the web."

    -- 1952 E.B. WHITE. Charlotte's Web. Chapter XI -- The Miracle (pages 80 - 81).
    <b>VISUAL</b> from <b><i>Charlotte's Web</i></b>:
    Garth Williams' illustration of Charlotte's spiderweb, on which she has written the phrase "<b>Some</b> pig":
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  • "When several somes and alls occur in the same statement, ordinary syntax fails to express the meaning with precision, and logicians resort to a special notation." -- From the Centurty Dictionary's sixth definition

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