HOME
SIGN UP LOGIN
https://1828.mshaffer.com
Tuesday - July 16, 2019

In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed... No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.
- Preface

1828 Noah Webster Dictionary
  A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z   <3

Search, browse, and study this dictionary to learn more about the early American, Christian language.

1828.mshaffer.comWord [less]

0
0
Cite this! Share Definition on Facebook Share Definition on Twitter Simple Definition Word-definition Evolution

less

LESS, for unless. [Not in use.]

LESS, A terminating syllable of many nouns and some adjectives. Hence it is a privative word, denoting destitution; as a witless man, a man destitute of wit; childless, without children; fatherless; faithless; penniless; lawless, &c.

LESS, a. Smaller; not so large or great; as a less quantity or number; a horse of less size or value. We are all destined to suffer affliction in a greater or less degree.

LESS, adv. Not so much; in a smaller or lower degree; as less bright or loud; less beautiful; less obliging; less careful. The less a man praises himself, the more disposed are others to praise him.

LESS, n.

1. Not so much.

They gathered some more, some less. Ex. 16.

2. An inferior.

The less is blessed by the better. Heb. 7.

LESS, v.t. To make less. [Not in use.]




Evolution (or devolution) of this word [less]

1828 Webster1844 Webster1913 Webster

LESS, for unless. [Not in use.]

LESS, A terminating syllable of many nouns and some adjectives. Hence it is a privative word, denoting destitution; as a witless man, a man destitute of wit; childless, without children; fatherless; faithless; penniless; lawless, &c.

LESS, a. Smaller; not so large or great; as a less quantity or number; a horse of less size or value. We are all destined to suffer affliction in a greater or less degree.

LESS, adv. Not so much; in a smaller or lower degree; as less bright or loud; less beautiful; less obliging; less careful. The less a man praises himself, the more disposed are others to praise him.

LESS, n.

1. Not so much.

They gathered some more, some less. Ex. 16.

2. An inferior.

The less is blessed by the better. Heb. 7.

LESS, v.t. To make less. [Not in use.]


LESS, a. [Sax. læs; perhaps allied to Dan. liser, to abate, to lessen, to relieve, to case. Less has the sense of the comparative degree of little.]

Smaller; not so large or great; as, a less quantity or number; of less size or value. We are all destined to suffer in a greater or less degree.


LESS, adv.

Not so much; in a smaller or lower degree; as, less bright or loud; less beautiful; less obliging; less careful. The less a man praises himself, the more disposed are others to praise him.


LESS, n.

  1. Not so much. They gathered some more, some less. Exod. xvi.
  2. An inferior. The less is blessed by the better. – Heb. vii.

LESS, prep. [for Unless.]

[Not in use.]


LESS, v.

A terminating syllable of many nouns and some adjectives, is the Sax. leas, Goth. laus, belonging to the verb lysan, lausyan, to loose, free, separate. Hence it is a privative word, denoting destitution; as, a witless man, a man destitute of wit; childless, without children; fatherless; faithless; pennyless; lawless, &c.


LESS, v.t.

To make less. [Not in use.] – Gower.


-less
  1. A privative adjective suffix, denoting without, destitute of, not having; as witless, childless, fatherless.
  2. Unless.

    [Obs.] B. Jonson.
  3. 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.

    * The substantive which less qualifies is often omitted; as, the purse contained less (money) than ten dollars. See Less, n.

    Thus in less [time] than a hundred years from the coming of Augustine, all England became Christian. E. A. Freeman.

  4. Not so much; in a smaller or lower degree; as, less bright or loud; less beautiful.
  5. A smaller portion or quantity.

    The children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less. Ex. xvi. 17.

  6. To make less; to lessen.

    [Obs.] Gower.
  7. The inferior, younger, or smaller.

    The less is blessed of the better. Heb. vii. 7.

1828 Webster1844 Webster1913 Webster

Thank you for visiting!

  • Our goal is to try and improve the quality of the digital form of this dictionary being historically true and accurate to the first American dictionary. Read more ...
  • Below you will find three sketches from a talented artist and friend depicting Noah Webster at work. Please tell us what you think.
Divine Study
  • Divine StudyDivine Study
    Divine Study
Window of Reflection
  • Window of ReflectionWindow of Reflection
    Window of Reflection
Enlightening Grace
  • Enlightening GraceEnlightening Grace
    Enlightening Grace

85

623

68

670

98

663
Less

LESS, for unless. [Not in use.]

LESS, A terminating syllable of many nouns and some adjectives. Hence it is a privative word, denoting destitution; as a witless man, a man destitute of wit; childless, without children; fatherless; faithless; penniless; lawless, etc.

LESS, adjective Smaller; not so large or great; as a less quantity or number; a horse of less size or value. We are all destined to suffer affliction in a greater or less degree.

LESS, adverb Not so much; in a smaller or lower degree; as less bright or loud; less beautiful; less obliging; less careful. The less a man praises himself, the more disposed are others to praise him.

LESS, noun

1. Not so much.

They gathered some more, some less Exodus 16:17.

2. An inferior.

The less is blessed by the better. Hebrews 7:7.

LESS, verb transitive To make less [Not in use.]

Why 1828?

0
2
 


Truer to the modern English langue.

— Chuck (Pickens, SC)

Word of the Day

importance

IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

Random Word

stooped

STOOPED, pp. Caused to lean.

Noah's 1828 Dictionary

First dictionary of the American Language!

Noah Webster, the Father of American Christian education, wrote the first American dictionary and established a system of rules to govern spelling, grammar, and reading. This master linguist understood the power of words, their definitions, and the need for precise word usage in communication to maintain independence. Webster used the Bible as the foundation for his definitions.

This standard reference tool will greatly assist students of all ages in their studies.

No other dictionary compares with the Webster's 1828 dictionary. The English language has changed again and again and in many instances has become corrupt. The American Dictionary of the English Language is based upon God's written word, for Noah Webster used the Bible as the foundation for his definitions. This standard reference tool will greatly assist students of all ages in their studies. From American History to literature, from science to the Word of God, this dictionary is a necessity. For homeschoolers as well as avid Bible students it is easy, fast, and sophisticated.


Regards,


monte

{x:

Project:: 1828 Reprint










Hard-cover Edition

177

341

Compact Edition

141

118

CD-ROM

109

91

* As a note, I have purchased each of these products. In fact, as we have been developing the Project:: 1828 Reprint, I have purchased several of the bulky hard-cover dictionaries. My opinion is that the 2000-page hard-cover edition is the only good viable solution at this time. The compact edition was a bit disappointing and the CD-ROM as well.



[ + ]
Add Search To Your Site


Our goal is to convert the facsimile dictionary (PDF available: v1 and v2) to reprint it and make it digitally available in several formats.

Overview of Project

  1. Image dissection
  2. Text Emulation
  3. Dictionary Formatting
  4. Digital Applications
  5. Reprint

Please visit our friends:

{ourFriends}

Learn more about U.S. patents:

{ourPatent}

Privacy Policy

We want to provide the best 1828 dictionary service to you. As such, we collect data, allow you to login, and we want your feedback on other features you would like.

For details of our terms of use, please read our privacy policy here.

Page loaded in 0.275 seconds. [1828: 25, T:0]


1828 Noah Webster Dictionary

^ return to top
Back to Top