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Meaning of SEVERAL

Pronunciation:  'sevurul

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Sev"er*al\, a. [OF., fr. LL. separalis, fr. L. separ
    separate, different. See {Sever}, {Separate}.]
    1. Separate; distinct; particular; single.
    
             Each several ship a victory did gain. --Dryden.
    
             Each might his several province well command, Would
             all but stoop to what they understand. --Pope.
    
    2. Diverse; different; various. --Spenser.
    
             Habits and faculties, several, and to be
             distinguished.                        --Bacon.
    
             Four several armies to the field are led. --Dryden.
    
    3. Consisting of a number more than two, but not very many;
       divers; sundry; as, several persons were present when the
       event took place.
    
    
  2. \Sev"er*al\, adv.
    By itself; severally. [Obs.]
    
          Every kind of thing is laid up several in barns or
          storehoudses.                            --Robynson
                                                   (More's
                                                   Utopia).
    
    
  3. \Sev"er*al\, n.
    1. Each particular taken singly; an item; a detail; an
       individual. [Obs.]
    
             There was not time enough to hear . . . The
             severals.                             --Shak.
    
    2. Persons oe objects, more than two, but not very many.
    
             Several of them neither rose from any conspicuous
             family, nor left any behind them.     --Addison.
    
    3. An inclosed or separate place; inclosure. [Obs.]
    
             They had their several for heathen nations, their
             several for the people of their own nation.
                                                   --Hooker.
    
    {In several}, in a state of separation. [R.] ``Where pastures
       in several be.'' --Tusser.
    
    
 

 

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