many

Definitions

  • Counting. How many? Shoshoni and Banak
    Counting. How many? Shoshoni and Banak
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj many a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `as' or `too' or `so' or `that'; amounting to a large but indefinite number "many temptations","the temptations are many","a good many","a great many","many directions","take as many apples as you like","too many clouds to see","never saw so many people"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Many. Shoshoni Many. Shoshoni
Poor creeter! it wuz too bad that there should be so many of 'em Poor creeter! it wuz too bad that there should be so many of 'em
From Animal Legends from many Lands From Animal Legends from many Lands
A cutlass in excellent preservation and many other objects from 17th-century Jamestown were found in a large clay borrow pit filled with refuse A cutlass in excellent preservation and many other objects from 17th-century Jamestown were found in a large clay...
Many earthenware vessels found were used for cooking purposes, including baking dishes, three-legged pots, and covered pots Many earthenware vessels found were used for cooking purposes, including baking dishes, three-legged pots, and...
A family enjoying a meal, about 1650. Many of the eating and drinking vessels portrayed, together with much of the tableware, are types which have been excavated. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) A family enjoying a meal, about 1650. Many of the eating and drinking vessels portrayed, together with much of the...
A few buckles and buttons in the Jamestown collection. Many are over 300 years old A few buckles and buttons in the Jamestown collection. Many are over 300 years old
Homespun clothes were seldom discarded. The many pins, needles, and thimbles found reveal that mending was a never-ending chore for the busy housewife Homespun clothes were seldom discarded. The many pins, needles, and thimbles found reveal that mending was a...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Instead of a Birthday Cake, many Russian children are given a Birthday Pie
    • Many A large or considerable number. "A many of our bodies shall no doubt
      Find native graves."
      "Seeing a great many in rich gowns.""It will be concluded by many that he lived like an honest man.""He is liable to a great many inconveniences."
    • n Many A retinue of servants; a household.
    • a. & pron Many Consisting of a great number; numerous; not few.It has no variation to express degrees of comparison; more and most, which are used for the comparative and superlative degrees, are from a different root "Thou shalt be a father of many nations.""Not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called."
    • Many The populace; the common people; the majority of people, or of a community. "After him the rascal many ran."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: People that smoke have 10 times as many wrinkles as a person that does not smoke
    • many Being or consisting of a large number of units or individuals; numerous: often used alone, the noun being understood. See many, n.
    • many Being one of a large number; belonging to an aggregate or category, considered singly as one of a kind: followed by a, an, or another, used distributively. The phrase many a one, so used, was formerly many one without the article.
    • many Being of a certain number, large or small; plural (especially in the phrase the many as opposed to the one): after a term of qualification (as, so, too, and especially how in interrogations): often with the qualified noun omitted: as, how many people were there? how many will go? as many as the room will hold; not so many as before; too many men are dishonest.
    • many Much.
    • many Such a number indefinitely or distributively: as, he took so many of these, and so many of those, and so many of the others.
    • n many A multitude; a great aggregate; specifically, the mass of people; the generality; the common herd.
    • n many A considerable number: with the indefinite article, and followed by of expressed or understood.
    • n many [The phrase a many (as well as a pretty many) is now rare or colloquial; yet a good many and a great many are still in common use.]
    • n many See meiny.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Instead of a birthday cake, many children in Russia are given a birthday pie
    • adj Many men′i consisting of a great number of individuals: not few: numerous
    • n Many many persons: a great number: (with def. art.) the people
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Quotations

  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    Publilius%20Syrus
    “Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    Friedrich%20Nietzsche
    “Many a man fails as an original thinker simply because his memory it too good.”
  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.”
  • James A. Garfield
    James A. Garfield
    “I have had many troubles, but the worst of them never came.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “'Tis not the many oaths that make the truth; But the plain single vow, that is vow'd true.”

Idioms

In so many words - This phrase may be used to mean 'approximately' or 'more or less'. I think it may have a sarcastic connotation in that the individual listening needed 'so many words' to get the point. It also may suggest the effort on the part of the speaker to explain an unpleasant truth or difficult concept.
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Many a slip twixt cup and lip - There's many a slip twixt cup and lip means that many things can go wrong before something is achieved.
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Many hands make light work - This idiom means that when everyone gets involved in something, the work gets done quickly.
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Many happy returns - This expression is used to wish someone a happy birthday.
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Many moons ago - A very long time ago.
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Money makes many things - This means that money is important.
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Too many chiefs and not enough Indians - When there are too many chiefs and not enough Indians, there are two many managers and not enough workers to work efficiently.
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Too many cooks spoil the broth - This means that where there are too many people trying to do something, they make a mess of it.
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Too many irons in the fire - This means juggling too many projects at once and something's bound to fail; when a smith had too many irons in his fire, he couldn't effectively keep track of all of them.
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Wear many hats - If someone wears many hats, they have different roles or tasks to perform.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. mani, moni, AS. manig, mænig, monig,; akin to D. menig, OS. & OHG. manag, G. manch, Dan. mange, Sw. månge, Goth. manags, OSlav. mnog', Russ. mnogii,; cf. Icel. margr, Prov. E. mort,. √103

Usage

In literature:

In many places the natives broke out into rebellion, and many lives were lost.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
I have seen strings of those Red River carts and many, many in a string, loaded with furs coming from Fort Garry or Pembina.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
Oswald's father was the younger son of Herbert Langdon, and for many years had been rector of an important parish.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
Many of the Indian tribes developed great skill in the weaving of baskets, which they used for many different purposes.
"The Western United States" by Harold Wellman Fairbanks
What that woman has done, has been done by many another ambitious Russian girl and will be done by many girls of Russia.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
In libraries of wide circulation in America, many have open shelves, and many more free access to certain classes of books.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
Many had thatched roofs.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
I went up this river, six hours' journey in a boat, and saw some fine timber near its banks in many places.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
Just think of the many, many people who live here.
"Where We Live" by Emilie Van Beil Jacobs
That night Graeme's head pressed a sleepless pillow, and among her many, many thoughts there were few that were not sad.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
Many a deed of blood have we enacted; many a scene of retaliatory vengeance have we passed through.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Travellers and prospectors have told many stories about their experiences in these deserts.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
Nor have I heard how many stores the mob visited; and it must have been many.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
There were many other men about him, many groups walking the same way, but there was no mistaking him.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
Many fled west and south, into the Great Lakes country, and beyond.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
But there are many, many rooms.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
Many, many of their tribe came from all directions, until Pezpeza's town might almost be called a city.
"Red Hunters And the Animal People" by Charles A. Eastman
After suffering many indignities from both Jews and Christians, he committed suicide 1647.
"A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers of All Ages and Nations" by Joseph Mazzini Wheeler
There he saw many herds of sea-horses, or walrus, lying upon the ice in companies numbering many hundreds.
"Alaska" by Ella Higginson
I know that many, many difficulties await me, but I am not afraid of the future.
"Letters of a Javanese Princess" by Raden Adjeng Kartini
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In poetry:

"It is life to die," the muse has sung,
The prophet words have rung from pole to pole,
The trust, the hope to which many have clung,
An echo woke in many a weary soul.
"It Is Life To Die" by Madge Morris Wagner
"We have sailed many weeks, we have sailed many days,
(Seven days to the week I allow),
But a Snark, on the which we might lovingly gaze,
We have never beheld till now!
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
The time is passed:--the laugh, the lay, The nuptial feast proclaim;
From many a rushing torrent gray,
From many a wild brook's wandering way,
The hoary minstrels came.
"The Harp Of Hoel" by William Lisle Bowles
The flowers reopened those shining gates
Where the soul waits
Many and many a day in vain,
While in the rain
We stand, and, doubting the future, at last
Forget the past.
"Winter Lilacs" by Annie Adams Fields
What do I see and hear of an April morning?
Many a ridge and furrow, headland and bay,
Many a ship bound seaward, white at dawning,
Many a young lad singing a ship away.
"Shore Roads Of April" by Bill Adams
"We have sailed many weeks, we have sailed many days,
(Seven days to the week I allow),
But a Snark, on the which we might lovingly gaze,
We have never beheld till now!
"Fit The Second - The Bellman's Speech" by Lewis Carroll

In news:

With so many breweries getting distributed in the area and so many different seasonals being released, your hometown beers can get lost in the shuffle.
No matter how many developers build how many buildings, or how many politicians cut how many ribbons, it's not a renaissance until the people have spoken.
DINING out nightly has taught me many things, including this: Nothing kills enjoyment like too many mentions of it.
How do so many leaves fall off a tree and get scattered in so many different directions in one day.
Over the many years I have been a professional counselor, I have met many people who would qualify as perfectionists .
Atari did bury many, many copies of E.T.
The habit of reading Sylvia Plath 's poems biographically is so common that one forgets how many of them are dramatic monologues, how many are spoken by imaginary characters who have no obvious connection with the poet.
MISHAWAKA — It wasn't just how many goals Warsaw scored, but how many ways the Tigers scored them, that served as evidence of the No.
There are many kinds of prickly pear s and many don't grow here.
Many of her award-winning quilts will be on display at the Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Club's annual quilt show July 16-18.As a military wife, she has lived in many parts of the country and learned the styles of quilting unique to those regions.
For the sake of a single poem, you must see many cities, many people and things.
In return he was rewarded with twice as many possessions, and twice as many kids.
Much of the talk centers on corn, which is far more ubiquitous than many people realize, a component of many processed foods, as well as cereal and chips.
Sometimes hentai is "normal" (as normal as cartoon sex can get, I guess), and sometimes it involves gooey monsters with many, many, many phallic tentacles .
Nokia's Lumia 920 Sold Out Many Places Over The Weekend, But There Weren't That Many To Begin With (NOK, T, MSFT).
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In science:

As a result, many crystals studied to date have been unannealed, resulting in inhomogeneous oxygen content and broad transitions (∆Tc = 10 ∼20 K), which can obscure many features and add unnecessary disorder.
Tl2Ba2CuO6+d Brings Spectroscopic Probes Deep Into the Overdoped Regime of the High-Tc Cuprates
Incorporating such delays is an important modeling issue and has been previously addressed by many authors, such as Kaplan , Sahin , Zipkin and many others, using different modeling approaches than those we shall now describe.
Tail asymptotics for the maximum of perturbed random walk
Also, as any ball in R3 contains only finitely many points of P (a.s. or always, depending on the definition of a Poisson process one chooses), we shall assume that every disk in R2 meets finitely many cells Vz .
Percolation on random Johnson-Mehl tessellations and related models
We performed many runs for many t and N; and observed the mentioned case in many of them, as expected. (See, Figs. 3.
Opinion Crystallography: Polarizations, Symmetries, Bonds, and Bands
Roche for many many discussions concerning quantum groups and the quantum double.
Three Dimensional Loop Quantum Gravity: Particles and the Quantum Double
Thus, the situation is radically different from that of the GOE because the matrices Cµν (J, α) (the agents of chaos) are fixed by the shell model. A small number of parameters determines spectra of many J values in many nuclei.
Random Matrices and Chaos in Nuclear Spectra
Each of these two vertices is taken to have many self-connections, and there are many edges between them.
Activity patterns on random scale-free networks: Global dynamics arising from local majority rules
Each vertex of this core has many self-connections (which tend to stabilize its current spin state) and is connected by multiple edges to many vertices in this core (which tend to align the spins on neighboring vertices).
Activity patterns on random scale-free networks: Global dynamics arising from local majority rules
The driven damped pendulum is a essential model of nonlinear science [17, 18], which develops many manifestations including chaos and appears in many physical sub jects such as the Josephson junctions [19–21].
The analysis on the single particle model of CDW
Out of the many disordered systems that have given place to lively arguments about central aspects of their behavior, the 3D Random Field Ising Model (RFIM) has been the sub ject of many publications along the years.
Wang-Landau study of the critical behaviour of the bimodal 3D-Random Field Ising Model
Since there exist at most countably many primitive sublattices L of Λ with rank strictly smaller than 22, the periods of marked K3 surfaces (X, ϕ) such that NS(X ) = 0 are contained in the complement of the union of countably many hyperplane sections of the period domain Q.
Automorphisms and autoequivalences of generic analytic K3 surfaces
There are less than fmax(h − 1)h many possibilities for ν ↾ h, and at most h many splitting nodes below h, each with at most fmax (h− 1) many successors.
Even more simple cardinal invariants
In this note, we indicate that the method introduced in can also be used to recursively define infinitely many φ and ψ and thus produce infinitely many families of congruence identities related to Theorem 1.
A Simple Method Which Generates Infinitely Many Congruence Identities
Only finitely many terms in the product are different than 1 because only finitely many λn are nonempty partitions.
A generalization of MacMahon's formula
Scalable quantum computing requires not only having access to many qubits, but also the ability to apply many low-error quantum gates to these qubits.
Randomized Benchmarking of Quantum Gates
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