Many a, a large number taken distributively; each one of many. "For thy sake have I shed many a tear." Shak. "Full many a gem of purest ray serene." Gray.Many one, many a one; many persons. Bk. of Com. Prayer.The many, the majority; — opposed to the few. See Many, n.Too many, too numerous; hence, too powerful; as, they are too many for us. L'Estrange.

Syn. — Numerous; multiplied; frequent; manifold; various; divers; sundry.

(Ma"ny), n. [AS. menigeo, menigo, menio, multitude; akin to G. menge, OHG. managi, menigi, Goth. managei. See Many, a.]

1. The populace; the common people; the majority of people, or of a community.

After him the rascal many ran.

2. A large or considerable number.

A many of our bodies shall no doubt
Find native graves.

Seeing a great many in rich gowns.

It will be concluded by manythat he lived like an honest man.

In this sense, many is connected immediately with another substantive (without of) to show of what the many consists; as, a good many [of] people think so.

He is liable to a great many inconveniences.

(Ma"ny-mind`ed) a. Having many faculties; versatile; many-sided.

(Ma"ny*plies) n. [Many, adj. + plies, pl. of ply a fold.] (Anat.) The third division, or that between the reticulum, or honeycomb stomach, and the abomasum, or rennet stomach, in the stomach of ruminants; the omasum; the psalterium. So called from the numerous folds in its mucous membrane. See Illust of Ruminant.

(Ma"ny-sid`ed) a.

(Manx), n. The language of the inhabitants of the Isle of Man, a dialect of the Celtic.

(Ma"ny) n. [See Meine, Mansion.] A retinue of servants; a household. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Ma"ny), a. or pron. [It has no variation to express degrees of comparison; more and most, which are used for the comparative and superlative degrees, are from a different root.] [OE. mani, moni, AS. manig, mænig, monig; akin to D. menig, OS. & OHG. manag, G. manch, Dan. mange, Sw. månge, Goth. manags, OSlav. mnog', Russ. mnogii; cf. Icel. margr, Prov. E. mort. &radic103.] Consisting of a great number; numerous; not few.

Thou shalt be a father of many nations.
Gen. xvii. 4.

Not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.
1 Cor. i. 26.

Many is freely prefixed to participles, forming compounds which need no special explanation; as, many- angled, many-celled, many-eyed, many-footed, many- handed, many-leaved, many-lettered, many- named, many-peopled, many-petaled, many- seeded, many-syllabled many- tongued, many-voiced, many-wived, and the like. Comparison is often expressed by many with as or so. "As many as were willing hearted . . . brought bracelets." Exod. xxxv. 22. "So many laws argue so many sins." Milton. Many stands with a singular substantive with a or an.

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