What does several mean?

Definitions for several
ˈsɛv ər əl, ˈsɛv rəlsev·er·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. several(a)adjective

    (used with count nouns) of an indefinite number more than 2 or 3 but not many

    "several letters came in the mail"; "several people were injured in the accident"

  2. respective(a), several(a), various(a)adjective

    considered individually

    "the respective club members"; "specialists in their several fields"; "the various reports all agreed"

  3. several(p)adjective

    distinct and individual

    "three several times"


  1. severalnoun

    An area of land in private ownership (as opposed to common land).

  2. severalnoun

    Each particular taken singly; an item; a detail; an individual.

  3. severalnoun

    An enclosed or separate place; enclosure.

  4. severaladverb

    By itself; severally.

  5. Etymology: From several, from separalis, from separ.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Severaladjective

    Etymology: from sever.

    Divers sorts of beasts came from several parts to drink; and so being refreshed, fall to couple, and many times with several kinds. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    The conquest of Ireland was made piece and piece, by several attempts, in several ages. John Davies, Hist. of Ireland.

    Four several armies to the field are led,
    Which high in equal hopes four princes head. Dryd.

    This country is large, having in it many people, and several kingdoms. George Abbot, Descript. of the World.

    This else to several spheres thou must ascribe. John Milton.

    We might have repaired the losses of one campaign by the advantages of another, and after several victories gained over us, might have still kept the enemy from our gates. Addis.

    Each several ship a victory did gain,
    As Rupert, or as Albemarle were there. Dryd.

    The parts and passages of state are so many, as to express them fully, would require a several treatise. John Davies, Ireland.

    Like things to like, the rest to several place
    Disparted. John Milton.

    Each might his sev’ral province well command,
    Would all but stoop to what they understand. Alexander Pope.

  2. Severalnoun

    Etymology: from the adj.

    More profit is quieter found
    Where pastures in several be,
    Of one silly aker of ground
    Than champion maketh of three. Thomas Tusser, Husband.

    This by some severals
    Of head piece extraordinary, lower messes
    Perchance are to this business purblind. William Shakespeare.

    There was not time enough to hear
    The severals. William Shakespeare.

    That will appear to be a methodical successive observation of these severals, as degrees and steps preparative the one to the other. Henry Hammond, Fundamentals.

    Several of them neither rose from any conspicuous family, nor left any behind them. Joseph Addison, Freeholer.

    They had their several for heathen nations, their several for the people of their own nation, their several for men, their several for women, their several for their priests, and for the high priest alone their several. Richard Hooker.

    There was a nobleman that was lean of visage, but immediately after his marriage he grew pretty plump and fat. One said to him, your lordship doth contrary to other married men; for they at first wax lean, and you wax fat. Sir Walter Raleigh stood by and said, there is no beast, that if you take him from the common, and put him into the several, but will wax fat. Francis Bacon.


  1. several

    Several refers to an imprecise number that is more than a few but not many, typically more than two but less than ten. It is used to signify a small number of people or things.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Severaladjective

    separate; distinct; particular; single

  2. Severaladjective

    diverse; different; various

  3. Severaladjective

    consisting of a number more than two, but not very many; divers; sundry; as, several persons were present when the event took place

  4. Severaladverb

    by itself; severally

  5. Severalnoun

    each particular taken singly; an item; a detail; an individual

  6. Severalnoun

    persons oe objects, more than two, but not very many

  7. Severalnoun

    an inclosed or separate place; inclosure

  8. Etymology: [OF., fr. LL. separalis, fr. L. separ separate, different. See Sever, Separate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Several

    sev′ėr-al, adj. distinct: particular: different: various: consisting of a number: sundry.—n. a woman's loose outer garment, capable of being worn as a shawl, or in other forms.—adv. Sev′erally.—n. Sev′eralty, sole tenancy of property. [O. Fr.,—L. separāre, to separate.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'several' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #338

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'several' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1155

Anagrams for several »

  1. leavers

  2. reveals

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of several in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of several in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of several in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Jennings:

    Among the leading matters which would occupy the attention of the meeting, were several important documents lately received from Europe, expressive of the sentiments that a very considerable portion of the people of the British Empire entertained respecting the deplorable situation of the colored people in the United States.

  2. George Sabra:

    Several millions of Syrians are outside Syria, some of them in refugee camps in some countries. Inside Syria there are millions who have left their houses, their lives, seeking safety.

  3. Triantafillos Parlapanides:

    We don’t always press charges which are based on each individual case, we always call and notify the police of all incidents. Adriana had several cuts and bruises.

  4. Richard Broome:

    Dust may aggravate existing heart and lung conditions and cause symptoms like eye irritation and cough, symptoms can occur for several days after dust is inhaled, so people with the chronic conditions need to be vigilant with their treatment programs.

  5. Jill Ellis:

    I apologise for disappointing my team mates, coaches and the Federation who have always supported me, i think it's best for me to take a break, decompress from the stress of the last several months and come back mentally and physically ready to positively contribute to the team.

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    flee; take to one's heels; cut and run
    A elate
    B efface
    C scarper
    D embellish

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