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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Such \Such\, a. [OE. such, sich, sech, sik, swich, swilch,
swulch, swilc, swulc, AS. swelc, swilc, swylc; akin to
OFries. selik, D. zulk, OS. sulic, OHG. sulih, solih, G.
solch, Icel. sl[imac]kr, OSw. salik, Sw. slik, Dan. slig,
Goth. swaleiks; originally meaning, so shaped. [root]192. See
So, Like, a., and cf. Which.]
1. Of that kind; of the like kind; like; resembling; similar;
as, we never saw such a day; -- followed by that or as
introducing the word or proposition which defines the
similarity, or the standard of comparison; as, the books
are not such that I can recommend them, or, not such as I
can recommend; these apples are not such as those we saw
yesterday; give your children such precepts as tend to
make them better.
And in his time such a conqueror
That greater was there none under the sun.
His misery was such that none of the bystanders
could refrain from weeping. --Macaulay.
Note: The indefinite article a or an never precedes such, but
is placed between it and the noun to which it refers;
as, such a man; such an honor. The indefinite adjective
some, several, one, few, many, all, etc., precede such;
as, one such book is enough; all such people ought to
be avoided; few such ideas were then held.
2. Having the particular quality or character specified.
That thou art happy, owe to God;
That thou continuest such, owe to thyself. --Milton.
3. The same that; -- with as; as, this was the state of the
kingdom at such time as the enemy landed. "[It] hath such
senses as we have." --Shak.
4. Certain; -- representing the object as already
particularized in terms which are not mentioned.
In rushed one and tells him such a knight
Is new arrived. --Daniel.
To-day or to-morrow we will go into such a city, and
continue there a year. --James iv.
Note: Such is used pronominally. "He was the father of such
as dwell in tents." --Gen. iv. 20. "Such as I are free
in spirit when our limbs are chained." --Sir W. Scott.
Such is also used before adjectives joined to
substantives; as, the fleet encountered such a terrible
storm that it put back. "Everything was managed with so
much care, and such excellent order was observed." --De
Temple sprung from a family which . . . long
after his death produced so many eminent men, and
formed such distinguished alliances, that, etc.
[1913 Webster] Such is used emphatically, without the
Now will he be mocking:
I shall have such a life. --Shak.
[1913 Webster] Such was formerly used with numerals in
the sense of times as much or as many; as, such ten, or
ten times as many.
Such and such, or Such or such, certain; some; -- used to
represent the object indefinitely, as already
particularized in one way or another, or as being of one
kind or another. "In such and such a place shall be my
camp." --2 Kings vi. 8. "Sovereign authority may enact a
law commanding such and such an action." --South.
Such like or Such character, of the like kind.
And many other such like things ye do. --Mark vii.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
adv 1: to so extreme a degree; "he is such a baby"; "Such rich
adj 1: of so extreme a degree or extent; "such weeping"; "so
much weeping"; "such a help"; "such grief"; "never
dreamed of such beauty"
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
52 Moby Thesaurus words for "such":
aforementioned, aforesaid, akin, alike, ally, alter ego, analogon,
analogous, analogue, associate, brother, close copy, close match,
cognate, companion, comparable, complement, congenator, congener,
coordinate, correlate, correlative, correspondent, corresponding,
counterpart, equivalent, fellow, image, kindred spirit, like,
likeness, mate, near duplicate, obverse, parallel, pendant,
picture, reciprocal, said, second self, similar, similitude,
simulacrum, sister, soul mate, suchlike, tally, that, the like,
the like of, the likes of, twin
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