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 for several
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Several \Sev"er*al\, n.
     1. Each particular taken singly; an item; a detail; an
        individual. [Obs.]
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              There was not time enough to hear . . .
              The severals.                         --Shak.
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     2. Persons oe objects, more than two, but not very many.
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              Several of them neither rose from any conspicuous
              family, nor left any behind them.     --Addison.
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     3. An inclosed or separate place; inclosure. [Obs.]
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              They had their several for heathen nations, their
              several for the people of their own nation.
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     In several, in a state of separation. [R.] "Where pastures
        in several be." --Tusser.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Several \Sev"er*al\, a. [OF., fr. LL. separalis, fr. L. separ
     separate, different. See Sever, Separate.]
     1. Separate; distinct; particular; single.
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              Each several ship a victory did gain. --Dryden.
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              Each might his several province well command,
              Would all but stoop to what they understand. --Pope.
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     2. Diverse; different; various. --Spenser.
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              Habits and faculties, several, and to be
              distinguished.                        --Bacon.
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              Four several armies to the field are led. --Dryden.
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     3. Consisting of a number more than two, but not very many;
        divers; sundry; as, several persons were present when the
        event took place.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Several \Sev"er*al\, adv.
     By itself; severally. [Obs.]
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           Every kind of thing is laid up several in barns or
           storehoudses.                            --Robynson
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: (used with count nouns) of an indefinite number more than
             2 or 3 but not many; "several letters came in the mail";
             "several people were injured in the accident"
      2: considered individually; "the respective club members";
         "specialists in their several fields"; "the various reports
         all agreed" [syn: respective(a), several(a),
      3: distinct and individual; "three several times"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  127 Moby Thesaurus words for "several":
     a certain number, a few, a number, absolute, assorted, at odds,
     at variance, certain, concrete, considerable, contrary, contrasted,
     contrasting, defined, definite, departing, detailed, determinate,
     deviating, deviative, different, differentiated, differing,
     disaccordant, disagreeing, discordant, discrepant, discrete,
     discriminated, disjoined, disparate, dissimilar, dissonant,
     distinct, distinguished, distributional, distributive, divergent,
     diverging, divers, diverse, diversified, equal, esoteric, especial,
     even stephen, exceptional, express, extraordinary, few,
     fifty-fifty, fixed, half, half-and-half, halvers, heterogeneous,
     in disagreement, inaccordant, incompatible, incongruous,
     inconsistent, inconsonant, independent, individual, inharmonious,
     inner, intimate, irreconcilable, legion, many, many and various,
     minute, more, motley, multifarious, multitudinal, multitudinous,
     nonuniqueness, not a few, noteworthy, numerous, numerousness,
     of all sorts, one or two, parcel, particular, passel, per capita,
     per head, personal, pluralism, plurality, pluralness, poles apart,
     poles asunder, populous, precise, private, pro rata, proportional,
     proportionate, prorated, respective, separate, separated, single,
     singular, solipsistic, some, special, specific, sundry,
     two or three, umpteen, unconformable, unequal, unlike, upwards of,
     variant, varied, variegated, variety, various, varying, voluminous,
     widely apart, worlds apart

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  SEVERAL. A state of separation or partition. A several agreement or 
  covenant, is one entered into by two or more persons separately, each 
  binding himself for the whole; a several action is one in which two or more 
  persons are separately charged; a several inheritance, is one conveyed so as 
  to descend, or come to two persons separately by moieties. Several is 
  usually opposed to joint. Vide 3 Rawle, 306. See Contract; Joint Contract, 
  Parties to action. 

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