from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Slightly short of; not quite; nearly: almost time to go; was almost asleep; had almost finished. See Usage Note at none.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. Very close
- adv. Not quite
- n. Something or someone that doesn't quite make it.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. Nearly; well nigh; all but; for the greatest part.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Nearly all; for the most part; mostly.
- Very nearly; well-nigh; all but.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but
Middle English, from Old English ealmǣst : eall, all; see all + mǣst, most; see most.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English eallmǣst ("nearly all, almost, for the most part"), equivalent to all- + most. (Wiktionary)