less Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun a chronic inflammatory collagen disease affecting connective tissue (skin or joints)
LE; lupus erythematosus.
adjective (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
adjective satellite (usually preceded by `no') lower in quality
- no less than perfect
adjective satellite (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
adverb used to form the comparative of some adjectives and adverbs
to a lesser extent.
- less interesting
- less expensive
- less quickly
adverb comparative of little
- she walks less than she should
- he works less these days
Unless.Obs. B. Jonson.
Smaller; not so large or great; not so much; shorter; inferior; as, a lessquantity or number; a horse of lesssize or value; in lesstime 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.
Not so much; in a smaller or lower degree; as, lessbright or loud; lessbeautiful.
A smaller portion or quantity.
The children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less. Ex. xvi. 17.
The inferior, younger, or smaller.
The less is blessed of the better. Heb. vii. 7.
Less transitive verb
To make less; to lessen.Obs. Gower.