Definitions

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

  • adj. Of this kind: a single parent, one of many such people in the neighborhood.
  • adj. Of a kind specified or implied: a boy such as yourself.
  • adj. Of a degree or quality indicated: Their anxiety was such that they could not sleep.
  • adj. Of so extreme a degree or quality: never dreamed of such wealth.
  • adv. To so extreme a degree; so: such beautiful flowers; such a funny character.
  • adv. Very; especially: She has been in such poor health lately.
  • pro. Such a person or persons or thing or things: was the mayor and as such presided over the council; expected difficulties, and such occurred.
  • pro. Itself alone or within itself: Money as such will seldom bring total happiness.
  • pro. Someone or something implied or indicated: Such are the fortunes of war.
  • pro. Similar things or people; the like: pins, needles, and such.
  • idiom such as For example.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. like this, that, these, those; Used to make a comparison with something implied by context.
  • adj. Used as an intensifier; roughly equivalent to very much of.
  • any
  • pro. A person, a thing, people, or things like the one or ones already mentioned.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of that kind; of the like kind; like; resembling; similar; ; -- followed by that or as introducing the word or proposition which defines the similarity, or the standard of comparison.
  • adj. Having the particular quality or character specified.
  • adj. The same that; -- with as.
  • adj. Certain; -- representing the object as already particularized in terms which are not mentioned.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of that kind; of the like kind or degree; like; similar.
  • In Middle English such appears in another quasi-adverbial use, preceding a numeral, in the sense of ‘as much,’ or ‘as many’: as, such seven, ‘seven such’—that is, ‘seven times as many.’
  • Such without the correlative clause with as is often used emphatically, noting a high degree or a very good or very bad kind, the correlative clause being either obvious, as, he did not expect to come to such honor (sc. as he attained), or quite lost from view, as, such a time! he is such a liar!
  • The same as previously mentioned or specified; not other or different.
  • Of that class: especially in the phrase as such, ‘in that particular character.’
  • Some; certain: used to indicate or suggest a person or thing originally specified by a name or designation for winch the speaker, for reasons of brevity, of convenience or reserve, or from forgetfulness, prefers to substitute, or must substitute, a general phrase: often repeated, such or such, or such and such (even with a single subject, but in this case implying repetition of action or selection of instances).
  • Such a person or thing; more commonly with a plural reference, such persons or things: by ellipsis of the noun.
  • The same.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. to so extreme a degree
  • adj. of so extreme a degree or extent

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English swylc.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English such, swuch, swulch, from Old English swylc, swilc, swelc ("such"), from Proto-Germanic *swalīkaz (“so formed, so like”), equivalent to so +‎ -like. Cognate with Scots swilk, sic, sik ("such"), West Frisian suk, sok ("such"), Dutch zulk ("such"), Low German sölk, sulk, suk ("such"), German solch ("such"), Danish slig ("like that, such"), Swedish slik ("such"), Icelandic slíkur ("such"). More at so, like. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mainstream Psychology during most of the 20th century did not apply the scientific method! freud theory of personality, behviorism, etc.. are examples of why phsycholgy got such a bad rep in terms of science. such theories, which highly influenced society, were never real scientific theories since they were never based and grounded on scientific research..such as controlled experiments.

    Is psychology a science?

  • When they steal, they are careful to do it on such a small scale, or in the taking of _such things_ as will make detection difficult.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus

  • But to suppose that these lifeless energies, even if possessed of such qualities, could, void of intelligence, produce _such_ effects as _are_ produced in the universe, requires credulity capable of believing anything.

    The Christian Foundation, Or, Scientific and Religious Journal, April, 1880

  • True that there was then no life or spirit in the poetical vocabulary -- true that there was no nature in the delineations of our minor poets; but better far was such language than the slip-slop vulgarities of the present rhymester -- better far that there should be no nature in poetry, than _such_ nature as Mr Patmore has exhibited for the entertainment of his readers.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 347, September, 1844

  • Such a gathering together of ham-and-mackerel-fed bipeds, such a lavish display of gold-dust, such troops of happy-looking men bending beneath the delicious weight of butter and potatoes, and, above all, _such_ a smell of fried onions as instantaneously rose upon the fragrant California air and ascended gratefully into the blue California heaven was, I think, never experienced before.

    The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52

  • 'I can see no reason,' he says, in one passage in particular which I remember word for word, I think, it gives me such pleasure to recall it -- 'I can see no reason for supposing that _some such_ insight would be impossible to the quickened faculties of a higher development.

    Ideala

  • "What must it to say when I have such a fear, _such_ a fear, that I speak not?" asked one of the Parsees.

    Lippincott's Magazine, November 1885

  • When they steal, they are careful to do it on such a _small_ scale, or in the taking of _such things_ as will make detection difficult.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4

  • Oh, my boy, the Lord wants such as you -- _just such_ -- to go out amongst the people, seeking nothing but the things that are Jesus Christ's!

    Catherine Booth — a Sketch

  • No doubt, such perfect poise, —such intuitive self-adjustment, —was not maintained by nature without a sacrifice of the qualities which would have upset it.

    Boston (1848–1854)

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