ETYM Old Eng. lesse, as. laessa; akin to OFries. lęssa; a compar. from a lost positive form. Related to Lesser, Lest, Least. Less has the sense of the comparative degree of little.
(Comparative of 'little' usually used with mass nouns) Quantifier meaning not as great in amount or degree.
1. (Nonstandard in some uses but often idiomatic with measure phrases; 'we had less apples' is not acceptable) Fewer.
2. (Usually preceded by 'no') Lower in quality.
3. (Usually preceded by 'no') Lower in esteem; SYN. lower.
ETYM This word is formed by adding anew the compar. suffix -er (in which r is from an original s) to less. Related to Less.
1. Of less size or importance.
2. Smaller in size or amount or value.
ETYM Latin, a comparative with no positive.
1. Inferior in number or size or amount.
2. Lesser in scope or effect.
3. Limited in size or scope; SYN. modest, small, small-scale.
4. Of lesser importance or stature or rank.
5. Of lesser seriousness or danger.
6. (British) Of the younger of two boys with the same family name.
7. (Law) Not of legal age; SYN. nonaged, underage.
8. (Music) Of a scale or mode.
9. (Theology) Warranting only temporal punishment; SYN. venial.
10. Pertaining to one's secondary field of academic concentration or specialization.
Sinonimi: 2nd | 2d
ETYM French, from Latin secundus second, properly, following, from sequi to follow. Related to Sue to follow, and cf. Secund.
1. Coming next after first.
2. Coming next after the first in position in space or time or degree or magnitude; SYN. 2nd, 2d.
3. (Music) A part or voice or instrument or orchestra section lower in pitch than or subordinate to the first.
4. Having the second highest gear ratio.