more or less

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv more or less (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct "lasted approximately an hour","in just about a minute","he's about 30 years old","I've had about all I can stand","we meet about once a month","some forty people came","weighs around a hundred pounds","roughly $3,000","holds 3 gallons, more or less","20 or so people were at the party"
    • adv more or less to a small degree or extent "his arguments were somewhat self-contradictory","the children argued because one slice of cake was slightly larger than the other"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Less than 1% of the women in the world will ever be able to wear a diamond that is the size of a carat or more
    • More or less about: in round numbers
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Quotations

  • Jeff Goldblum
    Jeff Goldblum
    “Acting is nothing more or less than playing. The idea is to humanize life.”
  • Norman Mailer
    Norman%20Mailer
    “Every moment of one's existence one is growing into more or retreating into less. One is always living a little more or dying a little bit.”
  • William Hazlitt
    William%20Hazlitt
    “We are all of us, more or less, the slaves of opinion.”
  • Alice James
    Alice James
    “I wonder whether if I had an education I should have been more or less a fool that I am.”
  • Margaret Oliphant
    Margaret Oliphant
    “What happiness is there which is not purchased with more or less of pain?”
  • Henry Ford
    Henry%20Ford
    “History is more or less bunk.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Including both M.E. mo, more in number—A.S. , more in number, and M. E. more, larger—A.S. mára, greater.

Usage

In literature:

A man must be more or less than a stoic to bear such injuries with patience.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
The tongue is more or less foul, with white or creamy coating.
"Intestinal Ills" by Alcinous Burton Jamison
The current is felt more or less intensely in proportion to the proximity to the body of the surface board.
"The Electric Bath" by George M. Schweig
Hymenium either free at the beginning, or enclosed either permanently or temporarily in a more or less perfect peridium or veil.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
Pinckney, though, is more or less int'rested in the situation.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
The cone, during the second season's growth, is completely closed, its scales adhering together with more or less tenacity.
"The Genus Pinus" by George Russell Shaw
They all do, more or less, excepting gold, silver, and platina.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
Mercury is not usually observed to be a circular object, but more or less crescent-shaped, like a miniature moon.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
He laid his hand more or less familiarly on Beatrice's arm, and she could feel his fingers trembling.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
Faults and beauties are more or less common to the whole quartet.
"A History of English Literature" by George Saintsbury
Everywhere the sky was more or less overcast.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
We generally attribute to animals five senses more or less resembling our own.
"The Beauties of Nature" by Sir John Lubbock
In almost all cases there is also more or less visual disturbance.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
They create only associations of irregular geographical dispersion, of more or less unstable or shifting membership.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Surcoats were lined with fur which turned up over the stuff, forming a more or less wide border.
"The Works of Honoré de Balzac" by Honoré de Balzac
The men marry for settlements, or for charms more or less fascinating.
"The Jew" by Joseph Ignatius Kraszewski
It is more stable than the systolic pressure, subject to fewer more or less unknown influences.
"Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:" by Louis Marshall Warfield
Before this happened an event occurred which more or less concerned all South Africa, and especially Rhodesia.
"South and South Central Africa" by H. Frances Davidson
The boy knew that his father was irascible, and he was more or less prepared for a storm.
"'As Gold in the Furnace'" by John E. Copus
Characters the same as those of the Order; tarsus naked in Partridges and Quails; more or less feathered in Grouse and Ptarmigan.
"Color Key to North American Birds" by Frank M. Chapman
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In poetry:

And then no more I wished you happiness,
But that whatever fell of joy or woe
I would not dare, O Sweet, to wish it less,
Or wish you less than you.
"The Wish" by John Freeman
Not twice alike! I am not blind,
My sight is live to see;
And yet I do complain of thy
Weary variety.
O Sun! I ask thee less or more,
Change not at all, or utterly!
"To The Sinking Sun" by Francis Thompson
Ye are the tender types of life's decay;
Your beauty, and your love-enfragranced breath,
From out the hand of June, or heart of May,
Fair flowers! tell less of life and more of death.
"Sorrow And The Flowers" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Has Love no pleasures free from guilt or fear ?
Pleasures less fierce, more lasting, more sincere ?
Thus let us gently kiss and fondly gaze,
Love is a child, and like a child it plays.
"Wednesday, the Tête à Tête" by Mary Wortley Montagu
Oh, the little more, and how much it is!
And the little less, and what worlds away!
How a sound shall quicken content to bliss,
Or a breath suspend the blood's best play,
And life be a proof of this!
"By The Fire-Side" by Robert Browning
Tell me more quickly what I lost by this,
Or tell me with less drama what they miss
Who call no die a god for a good throw,
Who say after two aliens and one kiss
It seemed the best thing to be up and go.
"Aubade" by William Empson

In news:

And when the economy slows down, tax revenues fall, since all our taxes are more or less tied to income.
Dawn of the dayboat — or when is a little less a lot more.
It's more or less over for progressive, liberal Islam.
Are you more (or less) liberal than President Obama.
Kellogg's Family Rewards: Get Kellogg's Coupons and More (+ get Poptarts, Cheez-its and Cereal for $0.50 or less.
If you were to think the sport of disc golf is liberally comprised of competitors with a Type B - more-or-less passive personalities who dont mind losing - you would be wrong.
Excerpt from Atwood's new zombie tale: 'Their skulls are soft, more or less like pumpkins.
Young women may be more at risk than others, several statewide studies suggest -- possibly because of more volatile relationships with young men or less money or greater uncertainty about parenthood.
How they got that way, more or less.
Shallots have more flavor and less heat than onions do, making them a fabulous choice for vinaigrette or compound butter.
To introduce my kids to new types of food, I use a type of stair-step approach that makes it less fearful or intimidating and more appealing.
He may be very good at this, but other stat-head pundits do more or less the same.
Previous studies have established, more or less predictably, that negative emotions are behind the human desire to punish others, and that the act of punishment activates our rewards center.
And I am for the American involvement in Afghanistan, more or less and so-so, not (I readily admit) a responsible position.
It rained more or less steadily for five days.
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In science:

As we will see below, the chains remain rather compact but the interaction energy per segment increases more or less linearly with the temperature T .
Coil-Globule Transition for Regular, Random and Specially Designed Copolymers: Monte Carlo Simulation and Self-Consistent Field Theory
The issue of optimum placement of the templates in the waveform parameter-space is more or less obviously a crucial and still open one, and has been addressed by several Authors -.
Optimum Placement of Post-1PN GW Chirp Templates Made Simple at any Match Level via Tanaka-Tagoshi Coordinates
Then more-or-less by definition • the embedding Xi−1 ⊂ Xi is tame; • the pro jection of the homotopy link ev0 : holink(Xi , Xi−1 ) → Xi−1 is a stratified system of fibrations; and • Xi − Xi−1 is a manifold.
Lectures on controlled topology: mapping cylinder neighborhoods
Semantics based on a more or less abstract notion of distance is not a new idea in nonclassical logics.
Distance Semantics for Belief Revision
Due to the fact that the model is one-dimensional one could expect that the basic magnetization properties are more or less trivial.
Low Temperature Properties of the Random Field Potts Chain
In fact, this more or less unconscious assumption underlies most of the present attempts to understand the glass transition (Ediger et al 1996).
Energy landscape - a key concept for the dynamics of glasses and liquids
Note that the luminosities are more or less unchanged for all 3 ob jects when the resolution is varied, due to the stabilizing effect of feedback.
The impact of galaxy formation on X-ray groups
While we have assumed a finite number of types K , defining the type space T = ZK , the above results should be more or less directly extendable to models where the type space T is a denumerable infinite set, or even a continuous manifold, under some general conditions yet to be precisely determined.
A General Formalism for Inhomogeneous Random Graphs
In what follows we will restrict ourselves to a ”minimal use” of these properties, i.e. we will use them only where the D-brane picture leads to more or less clear physical consequences.
String Theory or Field Theory?
As a function of moduli the generating function is a normal (say, meromorphic) function of many complex variables and can often be computed more or less effectively.
String Theory or Field Theory?
Gaussian assumption is valid only if the eigenvalues λk are more or less the same.
Probability Density Function of Kerr Effect Phase Noise
Cr with more or less the same magnitude but different signs.
Probability Density Function of Kerr Effect Phase Noise
Beside the noncentral χ-square random variable corresponding to the largest eigenvalue of σ1 , the other χ-square random variables of |√2ρ + xk |2 , k > 1, have more or less than same variance.
Asymptotic Probability Density Function of Nonlinear Phase Noise
Our notation is more or less standard, see [Ri99].
A generalized mean value inequality for subharmonic functions and applications
The proof is more or less a direct adaptation of the corresponding theorem in .
Dynamics in Stationary, Non-Globally Hyperbolic Spacetimes
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