plural

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj plural grammatical number category referring to two or more items or units
    • adj plural composed of more than one member, set, or kind
    • n plural the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Lice is the plural of louse.
    • a Plural Relating to, or containing, more than one; designating two or more; as, a plural word. "Plural faith, which is too much by one."
    • n Plural (Gram) The plural number; that form of a word which expresses or denotes more than one; a word in the plural form.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The word 'news' did not come about because it was the plural of 'new.' It came from the first letters of the words North, East, West and South. This was because information was being gathered from all different directions.
    • plural Containing more than one; consisting of two or more, or designating two or more.
    • plural Specifically In grammar, noting the form of a word (primarily of a noun or pronoun, then of an adjective qualifying it, and finally of a verb of which it is subject) which marks it as signifying or relating to more than one, as distinguished from singular, signifying only one; in some languages, which have a dual form for two, signifying more than two: thus, boys is the plural number of boy, men of man, we of I, these of this, are of is, and were of was.
    • n plural The state of being manifold or more than one.
    • n plural That form of a word which expresses plurality, or the plural number.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Graffito is the little-used singular of the much used plural word graffiti.
    • adj Plural plōō′ral containing or expressing more than one
    • n Plural (gram.) the form denoting more than one
    • v.i Plural to hold two or more benefices simultaneously
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Quotations

  • Jimmy Breslin
    Jimmy Breslin
    “Media, the plural of mediocrity.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. pluralis, from plus, pluris, more; cf. F. pluriel, OF. plurel,. See Plus

Usage

In literature:

It seemed best for me-all to keep quiet and try to look plural under the singular conditions.
"American Adventures" by Julian Street
It can prevent the abolition of the plural voter; but it could not prevent the abolition of the police.
"Liberalism and the Social Problem" by Winston Spencer Churchill
Flammarion, C., observes Venus's atmosphere, 56. on plurality of worlds, 8.
"Other Worlds" by Garrett P. Serviss
Plurality of Causes 185 Sec.5.
"Logic" by Carveth Read
The parents have it baptised; by a plurality of votes it is considered a man and possessor of an immortal soul.
"Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary" by Voltaire
I mean, do not use the word in the plural.
"Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle" by Clement K. Shorter
But why do you speak in the plural?
"The Silent House" by Fergus Hume
He sends out His servants, in the plural number.
"The Covenants And The Covenanters" by Various
It is one of his plural forms for "you," and he is adopting an Early English ending.
"Sergeant York And His People" by Sam Cowan
It would be David and Goliath, with Goliath in the plural.
"Gideon's Band" by George W. Cable
The captain condescended to use the plural pronoun.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
The mother has had no previous plural births, although she has borne four children prior to these.
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
Passions, anger, and the like do not exist in God, nor any plurality of virtues; but, as the Perfect One, he is all kindness.
"History of Dogma, Volume 2 (of 7)" by Adolph Harnack
Verbs have two numbers, the singular and the plural.
"Sketch of Grammar of the Chippeway Languages" by John Summerfield
Milton, in this passage, uses 'many a friend' with a plural verb.
"Milton's Comus" by John Milton
It was a very close contest, and in the legislature was finally decided by a plurality of one in favor of Mr. Hamlin.
"A Busy Year at the Old Squire's" by Charles Asbury Stephens
Nouns ending in y, preceded by a vowel, form their plural by adding s; o as money, moneys.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
Be careful about your Latin plurals.
"The Ocean Cat's Paw" by George Manville Fenn
It must take the form of a plurality of subjective "universes" answering to the plurality of living souls.
"The Complex Vision" by John Cowper Powys
Thus, for instance, you were inclined to admit the plurality of inhabited worlds.
"Balthasar" by Anatole France
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In poetry:

The Sheep adorns the landscape rural
And is both singular and plural—
It gives grammarians the creeps
To hear one say, "A flock of sheeps."
"The Sheep" by Ellis Parker Butler
World is crazier and more of it than we think,
Incorrigibly plural. I peel and portion
A tangerine and spit the pips and feel
The drunkenness of things being various.
"Snow" by Louis MacNeice

In news:

Does anyone remember pluralism .
The country's regional and political diversity leads to a kind of " pluralism by default", says Olexiy Haran of the Kyiv Mohyla University.
What effect will the growing pluralism in theological schools have on the education of ministers and their formation in their traditions.
NYSUT's diversity — its pluralism — is the source of its strength.
He wanted to open a school "founded on the philosophy of ' pluralism ,'" and carrying "the belief that a community is enriched when individual differences are respected and welcomed.
Alan Lowenthal, Gary DeLong race tight despite Democratic plurality .
Culture secretary Maria Miller is set to clear Global Radio's estimated £70m takeover of GMG Radio on plurality grounds, despite vigorous campaigning from rival Bauer Media, Media Week can reveal.
Maria Miller to clear Global Radio's GMG deal on plurality grounds.
Real and Smooth Limited has offered to provide more regional and local news in north and mid Wales to prevent its merger with Global Radio from being referred to the Competition Commission on plurality grounds.
A plurality of voters like the Senate.
This morning's poll from the Siena Research Institute contains a bit of a shocker: a plurality of voters surveyed, 46 percent, view the state Senate favorably.
At Magnet School, An Asian Plurality .
It's a puzzle game that strings together its setups with a tongue-in-cheek narrative, written in the first-person plural.
(Host) Commentator John McClaughry offers a civics lesson for the current debate on plurality in Vermont elections.
Each of the reinforced webs has a plurality of single webs.
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In science:

In a practical context R will probably contain more computational devices each of which are likely to execute several control codes but in order to simplify the discussion these pluralities are ignored. I assume that once started U will be unable to replace Cp if he concludes that it causes problems.
Informal Control code logic
On the other hand, when the hypothesis consists of plural elements, it is called a composite hypothesis.
Quantum hypothesis testing for quantum Gaussian states: Quantum analogues of chi-square, t and F tests
In this case, the statistics can be calculated from plural statistics obeying the Gaussian distribution.
Quantum hypothesis testing for quantum Gaussian states: Quantum analogues of chi-square, t and F tests
Conversations - pluralism in software engineering. E.
Adding Methodological Testing to Naur's Anti-formalism
Terms such as “a Petersen graph” (singular) or “Petersen graphs” (plural) will be used for referring to one or more graphs that are isomorphic to P .
Snarks from a Kaszonyi perspective: a survey
During reheating, since the plural scalar fields oscillate rapidly around the local minimum of the potential, and since radiation is generated by the energy transfer from the scalar field oscillation, the equation of state becomes singular periodically [7 ], and the entropy modes can appear [8 ].
Evolution of Cosmological Perturbations in the Universe dominated by Multiple Scalar Fields
In general inflationary scenarios, there exisists plural scalar fields. [12 ] So in this paper, we consider the universe dominated by multiple scalar fields.
Evolution of Cosmological Perturbations in the Universe dominated by Multiple Scalar Fields
Hence, we cannot directly apply quantum Neymann Pearson theorem and quantum Stein’s lemma, and we have to treat composite hypotheses, i.e., the case where both hypotheses consist of plural quantum states.
Group theoretical study of LOCC-detection of maximally entangled state using hypothesis testing
A proof of the “Plurality is Stablest Conjecture”.
Maximally Stable Gaussian Partitions with Discrete Applications
Plurality is Stablest Consider an election with n voters choosing between q candidates.
Maximally Stable Gaussian Partitions with Discrete Applications
Let PLURn,q : [q ]n → ∆q denote the plurality function which assigns a probability mass 1 to the candidate with the most votes (ties can be broken arbitrarily, e.g. by splitting the mass equally among the tied candidates).
Maximally Stable Gaussian Partitions with Discrete Applications
The Plurality is Stablest conjecture claims that plurality is essentially the most stable of all low-influence functions under uniform measure: Conjecture 1.9 (Plurality is Stablest).
Maximally Stable Gaussian Partitions with Discrete Applications
Here we conjecture that Plurality is indeed stablest.
Maximally Stable Gaussian Partitions with Discrete Applications
We also show the reverse implication for ρ ≥ − 1 q−1 , implying that the Plurality is Stablest conjecture is equivalent to the SSC for ρ in this range.
Maximally Stable Gaussian Partitions with Discrete Applications
Theorem 1.10 states that under SSC, the maximal amount of correlation is obtained for the plurality function if ρ ≥ 0.
Maximally Stable Gaussian Partitions with Discrete Applications
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