much

Definitions

  • Much, quantity. Apache
    Much, quantity. Apache
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj much (quantifier used with mass nouns) great in quantity or degree or extent "not much rain","much affection","much grain is in storage"
    • adv much (degree adverb used before a noun phrase) for all practical purposes but not completely "much the same thing happened every time","practically everything in Hinduism is the manifestation of a god"
    • adv much very "he was much annoyed"
    • adv much to a great degree or extent "she's much better now"
    • adv much to a very great degree or extent "I feel a lot better","we enjoyed ourselves very much","she was very much interested","this would help a great deal"
    • adv much frequently or in great quantities "I don't drink much","I don't travel much"
    • n much a great amount or extent "they did much for humanity"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"No, mom; much obliged jest the same." "No, mom; much obliged jest the same."
Furniture hardware and accessories found. Much of the furniture used in the Jamestown houses was made in Virginia Furniture hardware and accessories found. Much of the furniture used in the Jamestown houses was made in Virginia
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...
PLATE LIII. THE NIBLICK IN A BUNKER. TOP OF AN ORDINARY STROKE WHEN IT IS INTENDED TO TAKE MUCH SAND PLATE LIII. THE NIBLICK IN A BUNKER. TOP OF AN ORDINARY STROKE WHEN IT IS INTENDED TO TAKE MUCH SAND
Sucking Very Much at the Purses of The Pleading Parties--3-42-360 Sucking Very Much at the Purses of The Pleading Parties--3-42-360
Miss Velvet-Purr sings a song, which is much admired Miss Velvet-Purr sings a song, which is much admired
"HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GO IN?" "HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GO IN?"
The Dwarfs were much frightened at seeing their dear little maid lying on the ground The Dwarfs were much frightened at seeing their dear little maid lying on the ground

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Polar bears can eat as much as ten percent of their body weight in less than one hour
    • Much A great quantity; a great deal; also, an indefinite quantity; as, you have as much as I. "He that gathered much had nothing over."
    • Much A thing uncommon, wonderful, or noticeable; something considerable. "And [he] thought not much to clothe his enemies."
    • Much Great in quantity; long in duration; as, much rain has fallen; much time. "Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in."
    • Much High in rank or position.
    • Much Many in number. "Edom came out against him with much people."
    • adv Much To a great degree or extent; greatly; abundantly; far; nearly. "Much suffering heroes.""Thou art much mightier than we.""Excellent speech becometh not a fool, much less do lying lips a prince.""Henceforth I fly not death, nor would prolong
      Life much ."
      "All left the world much as they found it."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Women blink nearly twice as much as men
    • much Great in size; big; large.
    • much Great in quantity or extent; abundant.
    • much Many in number.
    • much High in position, rank, or social station; important.
    • much [Colloq.]
    • n much A large quantity; a great deal.
    • n much A great, uncommon, or serious thing; something strange, wonderful, or considerable.
    • much In a great degree; to a great amount or extent; greatly; far.
    • much Very.
    • much In this sense much was formerly often used ironically, implying denial.
    • much In present use, much or very much corresponds, before a comparative or a superlative with the, to very before a positive: thus, very great, but much or very much greater, much or very much the greatest.
    • much Nearly: usually emphasizing the sense of indefiniteness.
    • much [The adverb much is very often prefixed to participial forms, etc., to make compound adjectives: as, much- abused, much -enduring, much -debated.]
    • much To make much; increase.
    • much To make much of; coax; stroke gently.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The sun weighs 330,000 times as much as the earth.
    • adj Much much great in size, quantity, or extent: long in duration
    • adv Much to a great degree: by far: often or long: almost
    • n Much a great quantity: a strange thing
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Quotations

  • Jim Critchfield
    Jim Critchfield
    “You are wise, witty and wonderful, but you spend too much time reading this sort of stuff.”
  • George Herbert
    George%20Herbert
    “One enemy is too much.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “People who talk much say nothing.”
  • Theodore Roosevelt
    Theodore%20Roosevelt
    “I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character!”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If God thought about you as much as you think about Him, where would you be?”
  • Don Marquis
    Don%20Marquis
    “An optimist is a man who has never had much experience.”

Idioms

A bit much - If something is excessive or annoying, it is a bit much.
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As much use as a chocolate fire-guard - A fire-guard is used in front of a fireplace for safety. A chocolate fire-guard is of no use. An alternative to 'As much use as a chocolate teapot'.
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As much use as a chocolate teapot - Something that is as much use as a chocolate teapot is not useful at all.
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As much use as a handbrake on a canoe - This idiom is used to describe someone or something as worthless or pointless.
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He that travels far knows much - People who travel widely have a wide knowledge.
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Much ado about nothing - If there's a lot of fuss about something trivial, there's much ado about nothing.
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Much of a muchness - Things are much of a muchness when there is very little difference between them.
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Not much cop - Describing a film or something as not much cop is a way of saying that you didn't think much of it.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. moche, muche, miche, prob. the same as mochel, muchel, michel, mikel, fr. AS. micel, mycel,; cf. Gr. me`gas, fem. mega`lh, great, and Icel. mjök, adv., much. √103. See Mickle

Usage

In literature:

The galleries, of immense length and much ramified, are often as much as 10 to 15 cm.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
And I don't recall much about that.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Don't 'member much 'bout dat sermon, guess I put my mind on de apple too much.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
Nor did she feel quite certain as yet how much had been told to her son, and how much was concealed from him.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
Little Emily had never heard so much noise, at least so much pleasant noise, before.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
I used to think she had not much in her.
"Out in the Forty-Five" by Emily Sarah Holt
And Antoine makes ever so much money.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
But her father could not go, and her mother was much too timid.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
No one person may take up too much space, too much time.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Of course he is much older than me, and very much older than you, Miss Mackenzie.
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
My wife and I have perceived with much concern that we have lost much of your custom of late.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
Why, she doesn't look much older than Laura.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Catherine was much perplexed as to how she was to carry out her resolution; she pondered over it through much of the night.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
My mother didn't do much of no kind of work much.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
Ralph Newton had much to think of, and much that required thinking of at once.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
How much I suffered, it is, as I have said already, utterly beyond my power to tell.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
When I went to America in '42, I was so much younger, but (I think) very much weaker too.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
He had seen much and learned much, but he was young and had a curious feeling that there were fresh experiences in store.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
What such a one may do when he is in company with my wife is very much to me, and ought to be very much to you.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
She owed much to her father, much to her brothers, something even to her stepmother.
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
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In poetry:

Strephonetta, why d'ye fly me,
With such rigour in your eyes:
Oh! 'tis cruel to deny me,
Since your charms I so much prize.
"Songs Set To Music: 3. Set" by Matthew Prior
"So much to do, so much to feel,
With men still seeking higher goals,
Who spin their spider webs of steel
To clutch this planet as it rolls;
"Life's Little Day" by Alexander Anderson
Will it relieve their horrors there,
To recollect their stations here?
How much they heard, how much they knew,
How long amongst the wheat they grew!
"The Wheat And Tares" by John Newton
'Tis strange that those for whom we care,
For us so little feel;
And those we shun would gladly share
So much of service, love and weal,
So much of life for us.
"The Thorn" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
For what you gave when I was with you - thanks!
I never reckoned the precise degree
Of how much I received, how much I gave.
I'd be surprised if you gave more to me!.
""I cannot write a single line of verse..."" by Konstantin Simonov
What little things are those
That hold our happiness!
A smile, a glance, a rose
Dropped from her hair or dress;
A word, a look, a touch,--
These are so much, so much.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part IV" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

After spending much of the governor's race touting prevention-based health care as a way to save the state hundreds of millions of dollars, Jay Inslee has cut his estimate for how much the plan would actually save.
Simple title for a simple thing it's much much colder than where we were earlier this week.
It takes just as much care and planning to execute a beautiful looking show, no matter how much visual information there is.
Much of the focus of the renovation is on creating a much larger space just for cigars , including a new humidor room.
Transformers 4' is happening and while we don't know much about the film, we do know this much: it will be directed by Michael Bay, hence it will star a hot young girl.
"Communities are much more aggressive and much more competitive for the amount of economic development that exists out there," City Administrator Bob Harrison said in a presentation to the City Council.
' The precocious 12-year-old spent much of his time backstage in San Francisco walking around, talking about how much he loves to entertain.
It can cost as much as $1,500 for a 40-hour program and as much as $3,000 to train a new dispatcher, Nebus said.
Well, not Romney so much as Billy Graham, and not Billy so much as his scheming son Franklin.
So, how much bacon is too much bacon.
Much of what was reported is accurate, and much is wrong — some is just plain silly.
A dense fog advisory remains in effect for southeastern Wisconsin and much of the upper Midwest until noon Wednesday, making travel on one of the busiest travel days of the year much more difficult.
I love this woman, and I know these are all signs that she's still fighting her depression , but how much is too much.
Foles replaced Michael Vick, who left with a concussion early in the second quarter, with much anticipation and much fanfare.
I thought you were supposed to work for a better education, not how much you can rake in no matter how much the students have to pay in tuition.
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In science:

It should indeed be possible to reproduce the percolation behavior if the scale of the random potential is much larger than the magnetic length l, but much smaller than the size of the system.
Integer Quantum Hall Transition and Random SU(N) Rotation
It was simply much closer, and viewed at a much larger angle than other GRBs.
Optical and X-ray Afterglows in the Cannonball Model of GRBs
With the much lower ε0 forced upon us by the given slope of the final k⊥ spectrum, there is much less time to generate transverse flow.
Elliptic Flow from a Transversally Thermalized Fireball
We will prove much more specific theorems and obtain much better asymptotic results.
Derangements in simple and primitive groups
In the other extreme of strongly correlated disorder, when the ring, so that the probability W ∼ exp (cid:0)−N ǫ2 Rc ≫ w, the number of independent spots is much smaller, N ′ ∼ ρ0/Rc (the number of squares with a size Rc needed 1/∆2 (cid:1) is much larger than for the short range to cover the ring).
Coherent Random Lasing and "Almost Localized" Photon Modes
In the past much effort has been made to find an exact solution of Einstein’s field equations representing the gravitational field of a compact rapidly rotating ob ject, but without much success.
Ellipsoidal shapes in general relativity: general definitions and an application
However, this effect is much smaller on GC colors since the seeing did not vary much across most of our observations.
The Globular Cluster System of NGC 5128 I. Survey and Catalogs
It is too much to expect the upper and lower bounds to match, so the extra log term in the case of p = 2 is not much of a penalty.
Vertex and edge expansion properties for rapid mixing
The spectral flux of SN 1997D is much fainter than that of SN 2003gd, and also has much narrower spectral features indicative of the lower velocities.
A Study of the Type II-P Supernova 2003gd in M74
For smaller values of θ it is much harder to get an accurate fit of Cmax (L), and much larger sizes should be considered.
Finite-temperature properties of frustrated classical spins coupled to the lattice
The question of fluctuations was addressed for the first time by Jonsson [jon] in 1982 and, much more recently and much more detailed, by Cabanal-Duvillard [cd] in 2001.
Orthogonal Polynomials and Fluctuations of Random Matrices
For the case with the impurity the instability sets in at much longer times (t ≈ 80), as expected by the much smaller value of the corresponding principal eigenvalue real part.
Stabilizing the Discrete Vortex of Topological Charge S=2
The random potentials Vδ and Sδ vary on a scale δ that is much larger than the wave length ε of the initial data but is much smaller than the overall propagation distance that is of the order O(1): ε ≪ δ ≪ 1.
Wave field correlations in weakly mismatched random media
Much has been written about spatial properties of multi-particle systems, but less about time, even though three-dimensional space would seem much harder to deal with than one-dimensional time.
How Time Works in Quantum Systems: Overview of time ordering and time correlation in weakly perturbed atomic collisions and in strongly perturbed qubits
However, its [Fe II] multiplets are much weaker than in SN 1998bw, a consequence of much less 56Ni ejected by SN 2002ap.
The Optical/Near-Infrared Light Curves of SN 2002ap for the First 1.5 Years after Discovery
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