Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • pro. An undetermined or unspecified thing: "We're all recalling something, furtively seeking something” ( Virginia Woolf).
  • pro. An unspecified or undetermined amount or extent: We know something about the early settlers in this area.
  • pro. One having some or many of the same attributes, character, or essence as another: Trying to fix the computer myself was something of a mistake.
  • n. A remarkable or important thing or person: He thinks he is something in that uniform.
  • n. One who falls into a specified age range. Often used in combination: fortysomethings who attended their class reunion.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or being a member of a specified age range. Often used in combination: "the lives and loves of hip, twentysomething city dwellers” ( Joseph P. Kahn).
  • adv. A little; somewhat: She looks something like her mother.
  • adv. Informal To an extreme degree: He drinks something fierce.
  • idiom something else Informal One that is very special or quite remarkable: Her new film is something else.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • pro. An uncertain or unspecified thing; one thing.
  • pro. A quality to a moderate degree.
  • pro. A talent or quality that is difficult to specify.
  • pro. Somebody or something who is superlative in some way.
  • adj. Having a characteristic that the speaker cannot specify.
  • adv. somewhat; to a degree
  • adv. To a high degree.
  • v. Applied to an action whose name is forgotten by, unknown or unimportant to the user, e.g. from words of a song.
  • n. An object whose nature is yet to be defined.
  • n. An object whose name is forgotten by, unknown or unimportant to the user, e.g., from words of a song. Also used to refer to an object earlier indefinitely referred to as 'something' (pronoun sense).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In some degree; somewhat; to some extent; at some distance.
  • n. Anything unknown, undetermined, or not specifically designated; a certain indefinite thing; an indeterminate or unknown event; an unspecified task, work, or thing.
  • n. A part; a portion, more or less; an indefinite quantity or degree; a little.
  • n. A person or thing importance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In some measure or degree; somewhat; rather: a little.
  • At some distance.
  • n. Some thing; a certain thing indefinitely considered; a certain but as yet unknown, unspecified, or unexplained thing; an event, circumstance, action, or affair the nature or name of which has not as yet been determined, or is not now known, and cannot therefore be named or specified: as, something must have happened to detain him; I want to tell you something.
  • n. An actual thing; an entity: as, something or nothing.
  • n. A thing worthy of consideration; a person or thing of importance.
  • n. A part or portion more or less; an indefinite quantity or degree; a little.

Etymologies

some +‎ thing (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Notwithstanding the slightly opaque composition of the NYT story, and the fact that McCain is now denying everything (something his people were not doing in the initial statement last night), I'd say the Times story has enough of a 'They've gotta have * something*' factor to keep it alive for a while, absent any further revelations.

    New WaPo Polls Show Very Tight Races In Ohio And Texas

  • But on actualist representationism, no possible world contains a representation which says that something does not exist, for it is contradictory provided that ˜something™ means

    Possible Objects

  • True, you shouldn't *have* to do webcomics just for the money, but if you want to make a living off something you love, you gotta' have *something* to compensate for it!

    How to Make Webcomics « Drawn! The Illustration and Cartooning Blog

  • Your savings account is probably earning something paltry like 1.something%.

    Stop Living Paycheck To Paycheck - The Consumerist

  • Unfortunately, the characters were a bit flatter than my ideal -- I kept waiting for Isabelle to do something dramatic -- but the plot was such that I read it all in one sitting, so that must mean *something*.

    October 2007

  • Additionally, there is something to be said for plain outright common sense…..something many people in here lack.

    Think Progress » Boehner promises to ‘beat John Kerry to death’

  • The resulting picture is something that I wish I had an appropriate podcast to use this as a logo for, or *something* appropriate.

    everyone should have a cyberskeletal hand

  • You are also correct in what you suspect– if an idea teaches me that if I pray there is something listening, then I expect *something* to happen even something subtile if I pray.

    Here's How To Break The Law? - The Panda's Thumb

  • Last night Tawnia called and asked me if I wanted to do something at the same time Stacy instant messaged me and asked if I wanted to do something…

    goldylockz22 Diary Entry

  • Thus, ˜Socrates is™ would be merely elliptical for ˜Socrates is a something or other™, where the permissible substitutions for ˜something or other™ are any of Socrates 'essential predicates.

    Existence

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