American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Being of a number more than two or three but not many: several miles away.
- adj. Single; distinct: "Pshaw! said I, with an air of carelessness, three several times” ( Laurence Sterne).
- adj. Respectively different; various: They parted and went their several ways. See Synonyms at distinct.
- adj. Law Relating separately to each party of a bond or note.
- pro. An indefinite but small number; some or a few: Several of the workers went home sick.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Separated; apart; not together.
- Individual; not common to two or more; separate; particular.
- Different; diverse; various; as, they went their several ways; it has happened three several times.
- Single; particular; distinct.
- In law, separable and capable of being treated as separate from, though it may be not wholly independent of, another. Thus, a several obligation is one incurred by one person alone, as a bond by a single obligor, or concurrently with others, as in a subscription paper, in which latter case, though his prom ise is in a measure dependent on that of the other subscribers, the obligation of each may be several; while, on the other hand, in a contract by partners or an instrument-expressed to be joint, the obligors are not at common law severally liable, but either has the right to have the others joined in an action to enforce payment. So a several estate is one which belongs to one person alone, and, although it may in a sense be dependent on others, it is not shared by others during its continuance. (See
estate, 5.) A joint and several obligation is one which so far partakes of both quali ties that the creditor may in general treat it in either way, by joining all or suing each one separately.
- Consisting of or comprising an indefinite number greater than one; more than one or two, but not many; divers.
- = Syn. 2–4. Distinct, etc. See different.
- n. That which is separate; a particular or peculiar thing; a private or personal possession.
- n. A particular person; an individual.
- n. An inclosed or separate place; specifically, a piece of inclosed ground adjoining a common field; an inclosed pasture or field, as opposed to an open field or common.
- n. An outer garment for women, introduced about 1860 and named in France from the English word, in allusion to the different uses to which the garment could be put: its form could be changed by folding, buttoning, etc., so that it should make a shawl, a burnoose, or other garment at pleasure.
- Separately; individually; diversely; in different ways.
- To divide or break up into severals; make several instead of common.
- adv. By itself; severally.
- n. obsolete An area of land in private ownership (as opposed to common land).
- n. Each particular taken singly; an item; a detail; an individual.
- n. archaic An enclosed or separate place; enclosure.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Separate; distinct; particular; single.
- adj. Diverse; different; various.
- adj. Consisting of a number more than two, but not very many; divers; sundry.
- adv. obsolete By itself; severally.
- n. obsolete Each particular taken singly; an item; a detail; an individual.
- n. Persons oe objects, more than two, but not very many.
- n. obsolete An inclosed or separate place; inclosure.
- adj. considered individually
- adj. distinct and individual
- adj. (used with count nouns) of an indefinite number more than 2 or 3 but not many
- From Anglo-Norman several, from Medieval Latin sēparālis, from Latin sēpar ("separate"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, separate, from Anglo-Norman, from Medieval Latin sēparālis, sēperālis, from Latin sēpar, from sēparāre, to separate; see separate. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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