Crossword clues for less
- On sale
- Not as much
- Taking off
- More's opposite
- Exhibiting greater moderation
- To a smaller degree
- Marked down
- Sale word
- What dieters eat
- Take away
- Not including
- Much ___
- Amount that's settled for
- Off, pricewise
- With 34-Across, what "<" means
- Dieter's amount
- What irregulars go for
- What 1 is to 2 and 2 is to 3
- Taking away
- Not so much
- What you pay at sales
- With a discount of
- A reduced state
- Amount to make do with
- Diminished by
- Comparative form of little
- "Nothing ___" (bargainer's demand)
- Nothing ___
- Reduced by
- More or ___
- Discounted by
- More, in a saying
- Not so great
- Subtracted by
- Result of downsizing
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
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; inferior; as, a less quantity or number; a horse of less size or value; in less time than before.
Note: 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
--E. A. Freeman.
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.
Less \Less\, n.
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 \Less\ (l[e^]s), conj.
Less \Less\, v. t.
To make less; to lessen. [Obs.]
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English læs (adv.), læssa (adj.), comparative of læs "small;" from Proto-Germanic *lais-izo "smaller" (cognates: Old Saxon, Old Frisian les "less;" Middle Dutch lise "soft, gentle," German leise "soft"), from PIE root *leis- (2) "small" (cognates: Lithuanian liesas "thin"). Formerly also "younger," as a translation of Latin minor, a sense now obsolete except in James the Less. Used as a comparative of little, but not related to it. The noun is Old English læsse.
1 (context now archaic except with numbers English) (en-comparative of: little); smaller. (from 11th c.) 2 A smaller amount (of); not as much. (from 14th c.) adv. To smaller extent. conj. (context obsolete English) unless prep. Minus; not including v
(context obsolete English) To make less; to lessen.
adj. (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" [syn: less(a)] [ant: more(a)]
(usually preceded by `no') lower in quality; "no less than perfect"
(usually preceded by `no') lower in esteem; "no less a person than the king himself" [syn: lower]
(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"
Less or LESS may refer to:
- Less (band), a band from the San Francisco bay area
- Less (stylesheet language), a dynamic stylesheet language
- less (Unix), a Unix utility program
- Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS), a way of scaling Scrum (software development) in multi-team multi-project environments
- Lunar Escape Systems, a series of proposed emergency spacecraft for the Apollo Program
- Less., the author abbreviation for Christian Friedrich Lessing (1809-1862), German botanist
less is a terminal pager program on Unix, Windows, and Unix-like systems used to view (but not change) the contents of a text file one screen at a time. It is similar to [[more (command)|more]], but has the extended capability of allowing both forward and backward navigation through the file. Unlike most Unix text editors/viewers, less does not need to read the entire file before starting, resulting in faster load times with large files.
Less is a band from the San Francisco Bay Area led by the enigmatically-monikered S. Foot. As of 2005, they have released two albums, Piano Wire Smile (2001) and Cover, Protective, Individual (2004), both on the Firecode Core label. Other members have included Brian Lang (drums) and Ben Shamash (bass), the latter of whom went on to form Skyscraper with Andy Slopsema of Sinombre. Foot produced Sinombre's debut album Curves of Sirens.
Debut album Piano Wire Smile saw comparisons with Tool, and Soundgarden, and was described by Sorted magazine as "one of the greatest 'growers' this year". Wrapped In Wire described Less as a "dark heavy rock band", adding that "they could easily become one of the bigger rock bands of today". Second album Cover, Protective, Individual saw the band adding Middle Eastern influences, electronics, and horns, with Left Off The Dial describing it as "a dark, engaging, and musically interesting album", and Splendid Magazine making comparisons with Led Zeppelin and describing the album as a "sonic gem", while Skratch magazine described it as "rich, mysterious, and sobering".
Usage examples of "less".
The conflict, grown beyond the scope of original plans, had become nothing less than a fratricidal war between the young king and the Count of Poitou for the succession to the Angevin empire, a ghastly struggle in which Henry was obliged to take a living share, abetting first one and then the other of his furious sons.
Either come down to us into the meadow yonder, that we may slay you with less labour, or else, which will be the better for you, give up to us the Upmeads thralls who be with you, and then turn your faces and go back to your houses, and abide there till we come and pull you out of them, which may be some while yet.
The scene I cannot describe--I should faint if I tried it, for there is madness in a room full of classified charnel things, with blood and lesser human debris almost ankle-deep on the slimy floor, and with hideous reptilian abnormalities sprouting, bubbling, and baking over a winking bluish-green spectre of dim flame in a far corner of black shadows.
In physique he closely resembled the Aliansa, being tall and robust and with a face less humanoid than the aborigines of the Mire and Mountain.
He was less concerned with looking good than with avoiding the kind of spectacular abseiling that might put an extra load on the anchor and himself in the morgue.
For ourselves, while whatever in us belongs to the body of the All should be yielded to its action, we ought to make sure that we submit only within limits, realizing that the entire man is not thus bound to it: intelligent servitors yield a part of themselves to their masters but in part retain their personality, and are thus less absolutely at beck and call, as not being slaves, not utterly chattels.
The room was abuzz with lesser courtiers trying to take their first step on the long and slippery ladder to preferment and office.
When the drives are accelerating the whole thing at fourteen gee, the capsule is held a little less than fifty meters from the disk.
As our most powerful particle accelerators can reach energies only on the order of a thousand times the proton mass, less than a millionth of a billionth of the Planck energy, we are very far from being able to search in the laboratory for any of these new particles predicted by string theory.
When the lead in the assay has been separated as sulphate and dissolved in sodic acetate, less chromate is apparently required, and in this case it will be necessary to precipitate the lead in the standard with an equivalent of sodic sulphate and redissolve in sodic acetate just as in the assay.
The determination is rendered sharper and less liable to error by the addition of a few drops of acetic acid to convert the chromate into bichromate.
He had known almost from the time he left her that he would never truly be able to forget Holly, and after less than six months away from her he had ached so intensely for her that he had often woken up in the night with his face wet with tears and the echoes of her name still resounding through his mind as he called despairingly for her.
Which implies, I hope, that what we need is more citizen activation and less government efforts at achieving their objectives for them.
The reduction of the kingdom of Osrhoene was an acquisition of less splendor indeed, but of a far more solid advantage.
Phocas does not appear less hateful in the exercise than in the acquisition of power.