• WordNet 3.6
    • adj some relatively many but unspecified in number "they were here for some weeks","we did not meet again for some years"
    • adj some relatively much but unspecified in amount or extent "we talked for some time","he was still some distance away"
    • adj some remarkable "that was some party","she is some skier"
    • adj some quantifier; used with either mass nouns or plural count nouns to indicate an unspecified number or quantity "have some milk","some roses were still blooming","having some friends over","some apples","some paper"
    • adv some (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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Some of the Military Athletic Exercises Some of the Military Athletic Exercises
the Rocks of The Island Of Sehêl, With Some Of The Votive Inscriptions the Rocks of The Island Of Sehêl, With Some Of The Votive Inscriptions
Some More Toys from the Streets Some More Toys from the Streets
Lion carries a baby's basket down some stairs Lion carries a baby's basket down some stairs
Nelly watering some of her plants Nelly watering some of her plants
Suvaroff makes a speech to some of his soldiers Suvaroff makes a speech to some of his soldiers
Some of the first ones Some of the first ones
For some of use the War will never end For some of use the War will never end

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Some dolphins can swim up to 40 kilometers an hour
    • Some A certain; one; -- indicating a person, thing, event, etc., as not known individually, or designated more specifically; as, some man, that is, some one man. "Some brighter clime.""Some man praiseth his neighbor by a wicked intent.""Most gentlemen of property, at some period or other of their lives, are ambitious of representing their county in Parliament."
    • Some A part; a portion; -- used pronominally, and followed sometimes by of; as, some of our provisions. "Your edicts some reclaim from sins,
      But most your life and blest example wins."
      "Some to the shores do fly, Some to the woods, or whither fear advised.""Some in his bed, some in the deep sea."
    • Some About; near; more or less; -- used commonly with numerals, but formerly also with a singular substantive of time or distance; as, a village of some eighty houses; some two or three persons; some hour hence. "The number slain on the rebel's part were some two thousand."
    • Some Certain; those of one part or portion; -- in distinction from other or others; as, some men believe one thing, and others another. "Some seeds] fell among thorns; . . . but other fell into good ground."
    • Some Considerable in number or quantity. "Bore us some leagues to sea.""On its outer point, some miles away.
      The lighthouse lifts its massive masonry."
    • Some Consisting of a greater or less portion or sum; composed of a quantity or number which is not stated; -- used to express an indefinite quantity or number; as, some wine; some water; some persons. Used also pronominally; as, I have some . "Some theoretical writers allege that there was a time when there was no such thing as society."
    • Some Not much; a little; moderate; as, the censure was to some extent just.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Some toothpastes contain antifreeze
    • some A; a certain; one: noting a person or thing indefinitely, either as unknown or as unspecified.
    • some In this sense often fallowed by a correlative other or another.
    • some A certain indefinite or indeterminate quantity or part of; more or less: often so used as to denote a small quantity or a deficiency: as, bring some water; eat some bread.
    • some In logic, at least one, perhaps all; but a few logicians sometimes employ a semidefinite some which implies a part, but not all. As commonly used in logic, a statement about some of a class, say that “some S is P,” means that it is possible so to select an S that it shall be P; while “every S is P” means that whatever S be taken, it will be P. But when some and every occur in the same statement, it makes a difference which is chosen first. Thus, “every man knows some fact” may mean that, first choosing any man, a fact may then be found which that man knows (which may be expressed by saying that every man knows some fact or other); or it may mean that a fact may be first selected such that, then, taking any man, he will know that fact (which may be expressed by saying that all men know some certain fact). When several somes and alls occur in the same statement, ordinary syntax fails to express the meaning with precision, and logicians resort to a special notation.
    • some A certain indefinite or indeterminate number of: used before plural substantives: as, some years ago.
    • some Hence A certain number of, stated approximately: in a quasi-adverbial use before a numeral or other word of number: as, a place some seventy miles distant; some four or five of us will be there.
    • some A certain person; one.
    • some A certain quantity, part, or number, as distinguished from the rest: as, some of them are dead; we ate some of our provisions, and gave away the rest.
    • some In this sense some is very commonly repeated, some … some (or, formerly, other some, as in Acts xvii. 18) meaning ‘a number … others,’ or ‘the rest.’
    • some The plural some is occasionally used in the possessive.
    • some Some, as originally used partitively with numbers (AS. feówra sum, one of four, etc.), has come to be an apparent distributive suffix, as in foursome, sevensome.
    • some In some degree: to some extent; somewhat: as. I am some better; it is some cold.
    • some As; so; ever: used indefinitely after certain adverbs and pronouns, like so, soever. It remains in modern dialectal use in how some, what some, or howsomever, whatsomever, wheresomever, etc., equivalent to howsoever, whatsoever, wheresoever, etc.
    • some A suffix used to form adjectives from nouns or adjectives, as mettlesome, blithesome, lonesome, gladsome, gamesome, gruesome, quarrelsome, toothsome, troublesome, wholesome, winsome. It usually indicates the possession of a considerable degree of the quality named: as, mettlesome, full of mettle or spirit; gladsome, very glad or joyous. As used with numbers, foursome, sevensome, -some is of different origin: see some, adjective
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Some baby giraffes are more than six feet tall at birth.
    • adj Some sum denoting an indefinite number or quantity: certain, in distinction from others: moderate or in a certain degree: about
    • adv Some (prov.) somewhat, in some degree
    • adv Some in some degree
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  • Benjamin Franklin
    “If you would know the value of money try to borrow some.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.”
  • Gerald Barzan
    Gerald Barzan
    “I wish I could be half as sure of anything as some people are of everything.”
  • Ralph Hodgson
    Ralph Hodgson
    “Some things have to be believed to be seen.”
  • Pierre De Beaumarchais
    Pierre De Beaumarchais
    “Vilify, Vilify, some of it will always stick.”


Catch some z's - If you catch some z's, you get some sleep.
Cut someone some slack - To relax a rule or make an allowance, as in allowing someone more time to finish something.
Give it some stick - (UK) If you give something some stick, you put a lot of effort into it.
Into each life some rain must fall - This means that bad or unfortunate things will happen to everyone at some time.
Put some dirt on it - This means that when you get hurt, you should rub it off or shake it off and you'll be ok.
Put some mustard on it! - (USA) It's used to encourage someone to throw a ball like a baseball hard or fast.
Some other time - If somebody says they'll do something some other time, they mean at some indefinite time in the future, possibly never, but they certainly don't want to feel obliged to fix a specific time or date.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. som, sum, AS. sum,; akin to OS., OFries., & OHG. sum, OD. som, D. sommig, Icel. sumr, Dan. somme,pl.), Sw. somlige,pl.), Goth. sums, and E. same,. √191. See Same (a.), and cf. -some


In literature:

Before long we found one with some cedar trees in the neighbourhood, and some young spruce firs not far off.
"Snow Shoes and Canoes" by William H. G. Kingston
I had been asleep some time, when I felt some one touch my hammock.
"My First Voyage to Southern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Some tobacco and sugar and some other things had been stolen.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
There were some from Garry and some from Mother.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Some turned and fired, some listened to their shouting officer, and strove to form about the tossed colours, some gave and took advice.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
There were some unburied dead, some badly wounded and some sick.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
Some were chained to each other by the legs, some by the arms.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
It was evident that they were on the watch for some vessel or some island.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Some wore slouch hats of greyish felt, and some catskin caps.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Jealousy of Columbus' superior merits and the rewards he had received had been for some time rankling in the hearts of some of his officers.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith

In poetry:

One with a whimsical face spoke freely;
"I?--I sought some stir,
Some urge in living,
Some sense in dying.
I sought a mountain top
With a view!"
"The Reasons" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
Each year cometh with all his days,
Some are shadowed and some are bright;
He beckons us on until he stays
Kneeling with us 'neath Christmas night.
"New Year" by Abram Joseph Ryan
With doubtful step again they turn'd,
Each heart with shame and anger burn'd;
Some damned the breath, and some the lip,
That started them into the trip.
"The Watch And Ward." by Samuel Bamford
There were some that woo'd for her land and gold,
And some for her noble name,
And more that woo'd for her loveliness;
But her answer was still the same.
"The Troubadour. Canto 4" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
Fast climbed the sun: the flowers were flown,
There played no children in the glen;
For some were gone, and some were grown
To blooming dames and bearded men.
"A Dream" by William Cullen Bryant
And, as fades some lovely vision
In the morning's gathering light,
Or as sinks some unsphered radiance
From the starry crown of night,
Or as dies some burst of music, —
Thou hast vanished from our sight.
"On The Death Of Mrs, N. P. Willis" by Anne C Lynch

In news:

Some by Chance, Some by Choice .
Capstone Publishing has a new website They've sent some press releases but since you are probably as busy as I am, let me share some interesting links.
Sunday Night's Double Bill Gave Fans Some Hits, Some Misses on August 19.
Some beneficial, some combustible .
Some shows entertain, while some don't even come close to it.
Workers at some of America's fast food restaurants could be in for some interesting times soon.
Some of Hollywood's legendary actors, like Lawrence Olivier, and Kirk Douglas made parts of some of their most famous movies in the Conejo Valley.
Some pretty good quarterbacks had some ugly numbers five games into their NFL careers.
Some sports activities are more dangerous and some are less.
Also, some stuff about some guy in the running for some job.
MT VERNON — Some of my old friends are doing some wonderful things for some people that they don't even know in Kenya these days.
BOB ABERNETHY, anchor: Finally, this summertime, some kids hang out, some get jobs, some go to camp, and some, if they are Buddhists from Thailand, become novice monks.
Some rock, some oldies, some hip-hop, and maybe a little folk every once in a while.
Some are loud, some quiet, some troubled, some want advice.
Some hits, some misses, some other .

In science:

That is to say that for each irreducible component Z ⊂ Y , either Z0 = m′Γ1 for some m′ ≤ m or Z0 = n′Γ2 for some n′ ≤ n.
A Simple Proof that Rational Curves on K3 are Nodal
Some are well-known examples, some seem to be new.
Simple algebras of Weyl type
It is known that (local) transience is equivalently expressed by one of the following conditions: (i) G(x, x) := G(x, x|1) = +∞ for some (i.e. for every) x ∈ X ; (ii) F (x, x) = 1 for some (i.e. for every) x ∈ X .
Classification on the average of random walks
In some special cases, however, some specific states remain extended even in the presence of strong disorders.
Random-Mass Dirac Fermions in an Imaginary Vector Potential (I): Delocalization Transition and Localization Length
Spin graph α = (G, s) is defined as some graph G together with a function s : V → S , where S is some set (spinvalues).
Gibbs and Quantum Discrete Spaces