• WordNet 3.6
    • adj most the superlative of `much' that can be used with mass nouns and is usually preceded by `the'; a quantifier meaning the greatest in amount or extent or degree "made the most money he could","what attracts the most attention?","made the most of a bad deal"
    • adj most (superlative of `many' used with count nouns and often preceded by `the') quantifier meaning the greatest in number "who has the most apples?","most people like eggs","most fishes have fins"
    • adv most (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but "the job is (just) about done","the baby was almost asleep when the alarm sounded","we're almost finished","the car all but ran her down","he nearly fainted","talked for nigh onto 2 hours","the recording is well-nigh perfect","virtually all the parties signed the contract","I was near exhausted by the run","most everyone agrees"
    • adv most used to form the superlative "the king cobra is the most dangerous snake"
    • adv most very "a most welcome relief"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Although most Jamestown workshops were probably made of framework and were merely sheds, one brick foundation has three brick fireboxes and a large brick chimney. This structure was probably a brew house, bakery, or distillery Although most Jamestown workshops were probably made of framework and were merely sheds, one brick foundation has...
English sgraffito, or scratched, ware—one of the most colorful types of pottery unearthed at Jamestown English sgraffito, or scratched, ware—one of the most colorful types of pottery unearthed at Jamestown
An assortment of carpenters’ tools unearthed at Jamestown. Most of them were used over three centuries ago An assortment of carpenters’ tools unearthed at Jamestown. Most of them were used over three centuries ago
Fruits common to most of the States Fruits common to most of the States
Cinderella's rags turned into the most beautiful dress in the world Cinderella's rags turned into the most beautiful dress in the world
He looked up and beheld the most beautiful woman He looked up and beheld the most beautiful woman
November is the most disagreeable month in the year November is the most disagreeable month in the year

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most recycled product in the world is the automobile.
    • Most Consisting of the greatest number or quantity; greater in number or quantity than all the rest; nearly all. "Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness.""The cities wherein most of his mighty works were done."
    • Most Greatest in degree; as, he has the most need of it. "In the moste pride."
    • Most Highest in rank; greatest. "A quarter of a year or some months at the most .""A covetous man makes the most of what he has."
    • adv Most In the greatest or highest degree.☞ Placed before an adjective or adverb, most is used to form the superlative degree, being equivalent to the termination -est; as, most vile, most wicked; most illustrious; most rapidly. Formerly, and until after the Elizabethan period of our literature, the use of the double superlative was common. See More adv. "Those nearest to this king, and most his favorites, were courtiers and prelates.""The most unkindest cut of all.""The most straitest sect of our religion."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Teflon is the most slipperiest substance in the world
    • most Greatest in size or extent; largest: superlative of much or mickle in its original sense ‘great,’ ‘large.’
    • most Greatest in age; oldest.
    • most Greatest in rank, position, or importance; highest; chief.
    • most Greatest in amount, degree, or intensity: superlative of much.
    • most Greatest in number; numerous beyond others; amounting to a considerable majority: superlative of many: used before nouns in the plural.
    • n most The greatest or greater number: in this sense plural.
    • n most Greatest value, amount, or advantage; utmost extent, degree, or effect.
    • most In the greatest or highest or in a very great or high degree, quantity, or extent; mostly; chiefly; principally.
    • most Used before adjectives and adverbs to form a superlative phrase, as more is to form a comparative: as, most vile; most wicked; most illustrious; most rapidly. Like more with comparatives, it was formerly often used superfluously with superlatives: thus, most boldest, dearest, heaviest, worst, etc. See more.
    • most A double superlative suffix associated with -more, a comparative suffix, now taken as a suffixal form of most, as used in forming superlatives, as in foremost, hindmost, uppermost, utmost, inmost, topmost, etc. Compare -more.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Most snakes have six rows of teeth
    • adj Most mōst (superl. of More), greatest in age, position or rank, number, degree, &c
    • adv Most in the highest degree
    • n Most the greatest number or quantity
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  • Herbert Clark Hoover
    “Children are our most valuable natural resource.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “The most violent friendships soonest wear themselves out.”
  • C(harles) P(ercy) Snow
    C(harles) P(ercy) Snow
    “The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase; if you pursue happiness you'll never find it.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “Know most of the rooms of thy native country before thou goest over the threshold thereof.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “I prefer the most unfair peace to the most righteous war.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “Power is the most persuasive rhetoric.”


Empty vessels make the most noise - The thoughtless often speak the most.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. most, mast, mest, AS. mǣst,; akin to D. meest, OS. mēst, G. meist, Icel. mestr, Goth. maists,; a superl. corresponding to E. more,. √103. See More (a.)


In literature:

People will always read the most, that which is most put before them, if only the style be attractive.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
Wheat, rye, and oat straw are the ones most used; of these, oat straw is most easily digested and contains the most nourishment.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Those are wont to be the most jealous who have the consciousness that they themselves are most deserving of jealousy.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
We shall merely give one, the most satisfactory and the most easily applied.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
Autobiography, written by a wise man who was once a fool, is not only the most instructive, but the most delightful of reading.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
More was the most accomplished, most learned, and most enlightened of the three.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
France and Argentina purchase most of the exports and Great Britain supplies most of the textiles and machinery imported.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
The error you point out to me had occurred to me, as most errors do to most people, when it was too late to correct it.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
The Princess was most agreeable, and conversed freely with me; indeed, all were most friendly.
"Diaries of Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore, Volume I" by Sir Moses Montefiore
Of the different kinds of grain, maize is most generally and most successfully cultivated in Peru.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi

In poetry:

I seeing him I never saw,
Serve without fear, and yet with awe.
Though love when perfect, fear remove;
Yet most I fear when most I love.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
It is not sands that form a waste,
Nor laughing fields a happy clime;
The spot, the most by Freedom graced,
Is where a man feels most sublime!
"The Arab's Address To His Horse" by Anonymous British
Thy Pow'r in vain we would repel,
They're punish'd most, who most rebel;
But, O! how sweet's the Maiden's Pain,
Who gently sighs, nor sighs in vain.
"The Happy Maid: A Song" by Cornelius Arnold
Frowning grim down:--"Thou wicked King,
Most deaf where thou shouldst most give ear!
What, must I howl in the next world,
Because thou wilt not listen here?
"Stanzas In Memory Of The Author Of 'Obermann'" by Matthew Arnold
O Pallis Court, you move
My pitty most profound.
A most emusing sport
You thought it, I'll be bound,
To saddle hup a three-pound debt,
With two-and-twenty pound.
"Jacob Homnium’s Hoss" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Yet dearer now, more awful and less splendid,
Art thou to us in these dim years of time,
For till the mysteries of life be ended
That is most precious which is most sublime.
"The Maiden's Reply To The Mountain" by Samuel John Stone

In news:

Payroll used to be tedious, and then several national companies came in and, for the most part, most professionals were fine with that.
Two men walked into a Protestant church close to the American Embassy this morning, in one of the most guarded areas in one of the most secure cities in Pakistan, and threw several grenades.
But most companies probably aren't making the most of it.
At one time it was the most demanding, the most scrupulous and sensuous of moments.
Mariano Rivera's cutter is a far different looking pitch than R.A. With Yankees closer Mariano Rivera on the sidelines, the best, most talked about and most frustrating pitch in New York baseball is R.A.
When one of Osama bin Laden's most trusted aides picked up the phone last year, he unknowingly led US pursuers to the doorstep of his boss, the world's most wanted terrorist.
Most don't need it, and many of us probably couldn't afford it, but the "Popinator" may just be the most brilliant or useless snack delivery invention since cavemen shaped the spoon.
Trail from Bachelor to Lava Lake is mostly downhill — mostly.
At barely past 11 pm on a recent Saturday, the crowd is already swelling into a mass of mostly attractive, mostly thin people.
The Sullivan banks are some of the most written about and analyzed buildings of the 20th century -- as well as some of the most obscure.
Yet the current St Louis Actors' Studio staging is most effective when it is most quiet.
She is a junior at Palmetto High School, where she received honors for Most Valuable Player in Volleyball and Most Volunteer Hours.
Most of the people who became sick in the two most recent outbreaks had the recommended two-dose mumps vaccination early in their childhood.
The franchise agreement is one of the most common documents in the lodging industry, and one of the most important.
Shabbat is the most sensual, physical day of the week for those of the Jewish faith, a Friday night that is also the most spiritual day for Jewish people.

In science:

The most probable de Broglie wave (wave B) length is determined by the ratio of Plank constant to the most probable momentum of molecules or by ratio of its most probable phase velocity to frequency.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
In the case of neutron stars the most promising and natural reservoir of required energy is the rotational energy of the stars, a point reiterated on numerous occasions, e.g., and assumed in most models.
Neutron Stars as Sources of High Energy Particles - the case of RPP
I aJ , where nJ is the number of ai ’s in aJ that are to the right of the an which is the most to the right, and J ′ = J where the n the most to the right has been left out.
Number Operator Algebras
L (xR ) is the local coordinate of the left-most (right-most) hit in the cluster.
Performance of prototype BTeV silicon pixel detectors in a high energy pion beam
Quantum electrodynamics (QED) is one of the most successful theory in physics which has been tested by most accurate experiments.
Gauge Theory of Gravity