Definition for SOME-THING

SOME-THING, n. [some and thing.]

  1. An indeterminate or unknown event. Something must have happened to prevent the arrival of our friends at the time fixed. I shall call a two o'clock, unless something should prevent. [See Thing.]
  2. A substance or material thing, unknown, indeterminate or not specified. A machine stops because something obstructs its motion. There must be something to support a wall or an arch.
  3. A part; a portion more or less. Something yet of doubt remains. – Milton. Still from his little he could something spare, / To feed the hungry and to clothe the bare. – Harte. Something of it arises from our infant state. – Watts.
  4. A little; an indefinite quantity or degree. The man asked me a dollar, but I gave him something more.
  5. Distance not great. It must be done to-night, and something from the palace. – Shak.
  6. Something is used adverbially for in some degree; as, he was something discouraged; but the use is not elegant. – Temple.

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