Adj. (called the definite article)1 denoting one or more persons or things already mentioned,under discussion, implied, or familiar (gave the man a wave;shall let the matter drop; hurt myself in the arm; went to thetheatre).
A (foll. by defining adj.) which is, who are, etc.(ignored the embarrassed Mr Smith; Edward the Seventh). b(foll. by adj. used absol.) denoting a class described (from thesublime to the ridiculous).
Best known or best entitled tothe name (with the stressed: no relation to the Kipling; this isthe book on this subject).
Used to indicate a followingdefining clause or phrase (the book that you borrowed; the bestI can do for you; the bottom of a well).
A used to indicatethat a singular noun represents a species, class, etc. (the catloves comfort; has the novel a future?; plays the harp well). bused with a noun which figuratively represents an occupation,pursuit, etc. (went on the stage; too fond of the bottle). c(foll. by the name of a unit) a, per (5p in the pound; œ5 thesquare metre; allow 8 minutes to the mile). d colloq. orarchaic designating a disease, affliction, etc. (the measles;the toothache; the blues).
(foll. by a unit of time) thepresent, the current (man of the moment; questions of the day;book of the month).
Dial. (esp. in Wales) used witha noun characterizing the occupation of the person whose nameprecedes (Jones the Bread).
Adv. (preceding comparatives inexpressions of proportional variation) in or by that (or such a)degree; on that account (the more the merrier; the more he getsthe more he wants).
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