1. a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `as' or `too' or `so' or `that'; amounting to a large but indefinite number;
- Example: "many temptations"
- Example: "the temptations are many"
- Example: "a good many"
- Example: "a great many"
- Example: "many directions"
- Example: "take as many apples as you like"
- Example: "too many clouds to see"
- Example: "never saw so many people"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Many \Ma"ny\, n. [See Meine, Mansion.] A retinue of servants; a household. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Many \Ma"ny\, a. & pron. Note: [It has no variation to express degrees of comparison; more and most, which are used for the comparative and superlative degrees, are from a different root.] [OE. mani, moni, AS. manig, m[ae]nig, monig; akin to D. menig, OS. & OHG. manag, G. manch, Dan. mange, Sw. m[*a]nge, Goth. manags, OSlav. mnog', Russ. mnogii; cf. Icel. margr, Prov. E. mort. [root]103.] Consisting of a great number; numerous; not few. [1913 Webster] Thou shalt be a father of many nations. --Gen. xvii. 4. [1913 Webster] Not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. --1 Cor. i. 26. [1913 Webster] Note: Many is freely prefixed to participles, forming compounds which need no special explanation; as, many-angled, many-celled, many-eyed, many-footed, many-handed, many-leaved, many-lettered, many-named, many-peopled, many-petaled, many-seeded, many-syllabled (polysyllabic), many-tongued, many-voiced, many-wived, and the like. In such usage it is equivalent to multi. Comparison is often expressed by many with as or so. "As many as were willing hearted . . . brought bracelets." --Exod. xxxv. 22. "So many laws argue so many sins." --Milton. Many stands with a singular substantive with a or an. [1913 Webster] Many a, a large number taken distributively; each one of many. "For thy sake have I shed many a tear." --Shak. "Full many a gem of purest ray serene." --Gray. Many one, many a one; many persons. --Bk. of Com. Prayer. The many, the majority; -- opposed to the few. See Many, n. Too many, too numerous; hence, too powerful; as, they are too many for us. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster] Syn: Numerous; multiplied; frequent; manifold; various; divers; sundry. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Many \Ma"ny\, n. [AS. menigeo, menigo, menio, multitude; akin to G. menge, OHG. manag[imac], menig[imac], Goth. managei. See Many, a.] 1. The populace; the common people; the majority of people, or of a community. [1913 Webster] After him the rascal many ran. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. A large or considerable number. [1913 Webster] A many of our bodies shall no doubt Find native graves. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Seeing a great many in rich gowns. --Addison. [1913 Webster] It will be concluded by many that he lived like an honest man. --Fielding. [1913 Webster] Note: In this sense, many is connected immediately with another substantive (without of) to show of what the many consists; as, a good many [of] people think so. [1913 Webster] He is liable to a great many inconveniences. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]U.S. Gazetteer (1990):
Many, LA (town, FIPS 48470) Location: 31.56536 N, 93.47486 W Population (1990): 3112 (1339 housing units) Area: 6.8 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 71449Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
202 Moby Thesaurus words for "many": a mass of, a world of, abounding, abundance, abundant, affluent, all-sufficing, ample, aplenty, army, assorted, at odds, at variance, bevy, billion, bottomless, bounteous, bountiful, bunch, cloud, clutter, common, considerable, contrary, contrasted, contrasting, copious, countless, covey, departing, deviating, deviative, different, differentiated, differing, diffuse, disaccordant, disagreeing, discordant, discrepant, discrete, discriminated, disjoined, disparate, dissimilar, dissonant, distinct, distinguished, divergent, diverging, divers, diverse, diversified, effuse, epidemic, ever so many, everyday, exhaustless, extravagant, exuberant, fat, fertile, flight, flock, flocks, flush, frequent, frequentative, full, full many, galore, generous, habitual, hail, heaped-up, heterogeneous, hive, hordes, host, in disagreement, in plenty, in quantity, inaccordant, incompatible, incongruous, inconsistent, inconsonant, inexhaustible, inharmonious, innumerable, irreconcilable, jam, jillion, large amount, lavish, legion, liberal, lots, luxuriant, manifold, many and various, many times, masses, masses of, maximal, million, mob, motley, much, muchness, multifarious, multifold, multiple, multiplied, multitude, multitudes, multitudinal, multitudinous, myriad, nest, no few, not a few, not rare, numberless, numbers, numerous, of all sorts, of common occurrence, oft-repeated, oftentime, opulent, ordinary, overflowing, pack, plenitudinous, plenteous, plentiful, plenty, plurality, poles apart, poles asunder, populous, prevailing, prevalent, prodigal, productive, profuse, profusion, profusive, quantities, quite a few, quite some, rampant, recurrent, replete, rich, rife, riotous, rout, routine, ruck, running over, scads, scores, separate, separated, several, shoal, shoals, sundry, superabundant, swarm, swarms, teeming, thick-coming, thousand, thousands, throng, tidy sum, tons, unconformable, uncountable, unequal, unlike, usual, variant, varied, variegated, various, varying, very many, voluminous, wealthy, well-found, well-furnished, well-provided, well-stocked, wholesale, widely apart, worlds apart, worlds of, zillion