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  • 1 less — adj., adv., n., & prep. adj. 1 smaller in extent, degree, duration, number, etc. (of less importance; in a less degree). 2 of smaller quantity, not so much (opp. MORE) (find less difficulty; eat less meat). 3 disp. fewer (eat less biscuits). 4 of …

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  • 2 less — I. a. Smaller, inferior. II. ad. Not so much, in a less degree. III. n. Not so much, smaller quantity, less amount …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 3 less — [ les ] function word *** Less is the comparative form of the function word little and can be used in the following ways: as a determiner (before a noun): Eat less fat. Schools put less emphasis on being creative. as a pronoun: Connie did less… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 4 less — [les] adj. [ME les < OE læs, adv. læssa, adj. (used as compar. of lytel, LITTLE), akin to OFris les < IE * leis < base * lei , to diminish, meager, > LITTLE] 1. alt. compar. of LITTLE 2. not so much; smaller in size or amount [to… …

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  • 5 degree — de·gree n 1: a step in a direct line of descent or in the line of ascent to a common ancestor 2 a: a measure of the seriousness of a crime see also fifth degree, first degree, f …

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  • 6 Less — Less, a. [OE. lesse, AS. l[=ae]ssa; akin to OFries. l[=e]ssa; a compar. from a lost positive form. Cf. {Lesser}, {Lest}, {Least}. Less has the sense of the comparative degree of little.] Smaller; not so large or great; not so much; shorter;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 less — adj Less, Lesser, smaller, fewer are comparable terms that approach each other in meaning but are not synonyms and are rarely interchangeable. Less means not as much, especially in degree, value, or amount, and its opposite is usually more. It… …

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  • 8 Less — Less, adv. [AS. l[=ae]s. See {Less}, adj., and cf. {Lest}.] Not so much; in a smaller or lower degree; as, less bright or loud; less beautiful. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 9 less — [adj] smaller, inferior beneath, declined, deficient, depressed, diminished, excepting, fewer, lacking, lesser, limited, lower, minor, minus, negative, not as great, reduced, secondary, shortened, shorter, slighter, subordinate, subtracting,… …

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  • 10 Degree of a polynomial — The degree of a polynomial represents the highest degree of a polynominal s terms (with non zero coefficient), should the polynomial be expressed in canonical form (i.e. as a sum or difference of terms). The degree of an individual term is the… …

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  • 11 less — I. adjective, comparative of (I)little Etymology: Middle English, partly from Old English lǣs, adverb & noun; partly from lǣssa, adjective; akin to Old Frisian lēs less Date: before 12th century 1. constituting a more limited number or amount <… …

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  • 12 degree —    1. (° or deg)    the standard unit of angle measure, equal to 1/360 circle, 60 minutes, 3600 seconds, or about 0.017 453 293 radian. So far as we know, this unit was introduced by the Greek geometer Hipparchus of Nicaea (ca. 180 ca. 125 BC),… …

    Dictionary of units of measurement

  • 13 less — /les/, adv., a compar. of little with least as superl. 1. to a smaller extent, amount, or degree: less exact. 2. most certainly not (often prec. by much or still): He could barely pay for his own lodging, much less for that of his friend. 3. in… …

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  • 14 less — 1 /les/ adverb 1 not so much; to a smaller degree: I found the second half of the play less interesting than the first. | We go to Paris less frequently now. | You ought to smoke less. opposite more 1 (1) 2 less and less gradually becoming… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 less*/*/*/ — [les] grammar word summary: Less can be: ■ a determiner: Schools put less emphasis on being creative. ■ a pronoun: Connie did less than anyone else. ♦ He seemed to spend less of his time with her. ■ an adverb: The red jacket is less expensive. 1) …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 16 less — [[t]lɛs[/t]] adv. a compar. of little with least as superl. 1) to a smaller extent, amount, or degree: less exact[/ex] 2) most certainly not (often prec. by much or still): I could barely pay for my own meal, much less for hers[/ex] 3) in any way …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17 less — /lɛs / (say les) adverb 1. to a smaller extent, amount, or degree: less exact. –adjective 2. smaller in size, amount, degree, etc.; not so large, great, or much: less speed. 3. fewer in number: less clouds in the sky. –pronoun 4. a smaller amount …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 18 Degree Day —   A unit for measuring the extent that the outdoor daily average temperature (the mean of the maximum and minimum daily dry bulb temperatures) falls below (in the case of heating, see Heating Degree Day), or falls above (in the case of cooling,… …

    Energy terms

  • 19 Degree (graph theory) — A graph with vertices labeled by degree In graph theory, the degree (or valency) of a vertex of a graph is the number of edges incident to the vertex, with loops counted twice.[1] The degree of a vertex …

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  • 20 less — less1 W1S1 [les] adv 1.) not so much or to a smaller degree ≠ ↑more ▪ Maybe he would worry less if he understood the situation. ▪ In recent years she has appeared in public less frequently. less (...) than ▪ Tickets were less expensive than I had …

    Dictionary of contemporary English