What does LESS mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. less(a)(adj)

    (comparative of `little' usually used with mass nouns) a quantifier meaning not as great in amount or degree

    "of less importance"; "less time to spend with the family"; "a shower uses less water"; "less than three years old"

  2. less(adj)

    (usually preceded by `no') lower in quality

    "no less than perfect"

  3. less(adverb)

    (nonstandard in some uses but often idiomatic with measure phrases) fewer

    "less than three weeks"; "no less than 50 people attended"; "in 25 words or less"

  4. less, to a lesser extent(adverb)

    used to form the comparative of some adjectives and adverbs

    "less interesting"; "less expensive"; "less quickly"

  5. less(adverb)

    comparative of little

    "she walks less than she should"; "he works less these days"


  1. less(Adverb)

    To smaller extent

  2. less(Adverb)

    In lower degree

    This is a less bad solution than I thought possible.

  3. less(Adjective)

    ; smaller.

  4. less(Adjective)

    A smaller amount (of); not as much.

  5. less(Adjective)

    A smaller number of; fewer.

  6. less(Preposition)

    minus; not including

    It should then tax all of that as personal income, less the proportion of the car's annual mileage demonstrably clocked up on company business.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Less


  2. Less(adj)

    smaller; not so large or great; not so much; shorter; inferior; as, a less quantity or number; a horse of less size or value; in less time than before

  3. Less(adverb)

    not so much; in a smaller or lower degree; as, less bright or loud; less beautiful

  4. Less(noun)

    a smaller portion or quantity

  5. Less(noun)

    the inferior, younger, or smaller

  6. Less(verb)

    to make less; to lessen

  7. Origin: [OE. lesse, AS. lssa; akin to OFries. lssa; a compar. from a lost positive form. Cf. Lesser, Lest, Least. Less has the sense of the comparative degree of little.]


  1. less

    less is a terminal pager program on Unix, Windows, and Unix-like systems used to view the contents of a text file one screen at a time. It is similar to more, but has the extended capability of allowing both forward and backward navigation through the file. Unlike most Unix text editors/viewers, less does not need to read the entire file before starting, resulting in faster load times with large files.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Less

    les, adj. (serves as comp. of little) diminished: smaller.—adv. not so much: in a lower degree.—n. a smaller portion: (B.) the inferior or younger. [A.S. lǽssa, less, lǽs (adv.); comparative form from a root lasinn, feeble, found also in Goth. lasiws, weak, Ice. las, weakness, not conn. with little.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LESS' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #343

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LESS' in Written Corpus Frequency: #689

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LESS' in Adverbs Frequency: #55

How to pronounce LESS?

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How to say LESS in sign language?

  1. less


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of LESS in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of LESS in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of LESS in a Sentence

  1. Mies van der Rohe, Referring to Modern Architecture:

    Less is more.

  2. Larry Hobson:

    I am a lot less busy.

  3. Buckminster Fuller:

    You can't learn less.

  4. Gary Circosta:

    I have never run less.

  5. Paul Hames:

    Less is more, more or less.

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