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  • Much, quantity. Apache
    Much, quantity. Apache
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n muchness greatness of quantity or measure or extent
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"No, mom; much obliged jest the same." "No, mom; much obliged jest the same."
Furniture hardware and accessories found. Much of the furniture used in the Jamestown houses was made in Virginia Furniture hardware and accessories found. Much of the furniture used in the Jamestown houses was made in Virginia
A family enjoying a meal, about 1650. Many of the eating and drinking vessels portrayed, together with much of the tableware, are types which have been excavated. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) A family enjoying a meal, about 1650. Many of the eating and drinking vessels portrayed, together with much of the...
Sucking Very Much at the Purses of The Pleading Parties--3-42-360 Sucking Very Much at the Purses of The Pleading Parties--3-42-360
Miss Velvet-Purr sings a song, which is much admired Miss Velvet-Purr sings a song, which is much admired
The Dwarfs were much frightened at seeing their dear little maid lying on the ground The Dwarfs were much frightened at seeing their dear little maid lying on the ground

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Polar bears can eat as much as ten percent of their body weight in less than one hour
    • n Muchness Greatness; extent. "The quantity and muchness of time which it filcheth."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The sun weighs 330,000 times as much as the earth.
    • n muchness The state of being much; large quantity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Watermelons grown along the Tigris River have been known to reach as much as 275 pounds.
    • n Muchness state of being much
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  • Homer
    “For too much rest becomes a pain.”
  • Evelyn Waugh
    “If politicians and scientists were lazier, how much happier we should all be.”
  • John Updike
    “Sex is like money; only too much is enough.”
  • Jack Benny
    Jack Benny
    “It's not so much knowing when to speak, when to pause.”
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
    “People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.”
  • William Howard Taft
    William Howard Taft
    “The trouble with me is that I like to talk too much.”


A bit much - If something is excessive or annoying, it is a bit much.
As much use as a chocolate fire-guard - A fire-guard is used in front of a fireplace for safety. A chocolate fire-guard is of no use. An alternative to 'As much use as a chocolate teapot'.
As much use as a chocolate teapot - Something that is as much use as a chocolate teapot is not useful at all.
As much use as a handbrake on a canoe - This idiom is used to describe someone or something as worthless or pointless.
He that travels far knows much - People who travel widely have a wide knowledge.
Much ado about nothing - If there's a lot of fuss about something trivial, there's much ado about nothing.
Much of a muchness - Things are much of a muchness when there is very little difference between them.
Not much cop - Describing a film or something as not much cop is a way of saying that you didn't think much of it.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. muche, moche, muchel, mochel—A.S. mic-el; cf. Ice. mjök.


In literature:

One of the mistakes I made was, in breaking up too much land, and putting in too much wheat, barley, oats, peas, and corn.
"Talks on Manures" by Joseph Harris
He has evidently much knowledge of the technique of music, much imagination.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
I have reason to know that Mr. Palliser is very much gratified that you should be so much with her.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
His entrance, however, did not make much sensation.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
Throughout much of the South, it has rendered much service in thus improving soils.
"Clovers and How to Grow Them" by Thomas Shaw
And he was not much past middle life.
"A Little Girl in Old Salem" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Mother said her master didn't care much what the slaves do; he was so lazy he didn't care for nothing.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
I know they wish the permanence of our governments, as much as any individuals composing them.
"The Writings of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
You must give much in order to get much.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
She was instructed to use the vinegar very much diluted, but fancied it would heal faster if much stronger.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
The flesh, although much coarser than that of many other sorts, is tender, sweet, and of good quality.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
He thinks, I may not live to behold much of this, but would like to see a cast of his horoscope.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
I was very much surprised at this change, and so much the more, as my vanity wished to increase, rather than to be diminished.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
Adding too much water to wine or spirits; from the term when too much water has been put into a bowl of flour.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Much she could do; much she was now doing; much she was prepared to do.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
And if the Cardinal has heard you singing, so much the worse.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
About sexual matters each of us knew about as much as the other, and we had much to learn.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
He had heard much about Mr. Bingham, and regarded him as a person of much importance since his death.
"The Landleaguers" by Anthony Trollope
She gave him a full look which abashed him, though he was so much more important, so much more intellectual, than she.
"Sir Tom" by Mrs. Oliphant
The world has turned, and much water run under bridges, since I stopped my diary.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson

In poetry:

What little things are those
That hold our happiness!
A smile, a glance, a rose
Dropped from her hair or dress;
A word, a look, a touch,—
These are so much, so much.
"What Little Things!" by Madison Julius Cawein
Farewell, beloved! Since you have grown too dear,
I must be gone. I take my pilgrimage
In haste--so much I love you, so much fear.
Wisdom may grow from tears, peace fall with age.
"A Farewell" by Mary Webb
Here, far from courts, and void of pompous cares,
I'll muse how much I owe mine humbler fate,
Or shrink to find how much Ambition dares,
To shine in anguish, and to grieve in state!
"Elegy XXIII. Reflections Suggested" by William Shenstone
O pardon us, Lord! that our love to Thy name
Is so faint, with so much our affections to move;
Our coldness might fill us with grief and with shame,
So much to be loved, and so little to love.
"The night is far spent, and the day is at hand:" by Thomas Kelly
Utter not thou, as much as thou dost hear,
And ne'er, as much as thou dost know, reveal,
But when thou'rt call'd to speak the truth, be clear:
Oft, 'till thou'rt call'd, 'tis best the truth conceal.
"Advice, How To Govern Our Words, According To God's Will" by Rees Prichard
"Lady, I die—the Father holds me up.
It is not much to thee that I should die;
(How should it be? for thou hast never looked
Deep in my eyes, as I once looked in thine)
But it is much that He doth hold me up.
"A Hidden Life" by George MacDonald

In news:

I watch too much television BW watches too much television.
So, how much bacon is too much bacon .
But I don't mean the much-anticipated — and much-delayed — Pork Barrel BBQ in Del Ray.
Things are much, much different than radio.
It built so much unity, so much character, and so much toughness.
Doomtree Blowout, Japandroids, Andrew Bird and much, much more.
Your Annual List of 400 Americans Who Are Much, Much Richer Than You.
Rental property owners can expect to begin paying at least $126 a year, and potentially much, much more, to have their properties inspected for violations under a newly approved ordinance aimed at eliminating blight .
He's much more independent than his brother and has a much better relationship with them.
How much is too much to spend.
When you live in Boise, however, there's a much much easier way: Impact Imports.
" Burnout " happens when a person has so much stress from working too long and too hard under too much pressure that they give up doing the job entirely.
Measure raises issue of how much is too much.
Video, Sculpture, Painting, Much Much More.
While it remains unclear how much Schulze will offer for the company, investors expect the bid to be much lower than the range of $24 to $26 per share that Schulze first outlined over the summer.

In science:

The 9D FoM registers a much greater impact from each data model, and also shows a much greater improvement at Stage 4 vs Stage 3.
Evaluating Dark Energy Probes using Multi-Dimensional Dark Energy Parameters
We will consider the three regimes of γ⊥ being much greater, of order, or much smaller than the passive mean spacing ∆ω ≈ 1/Lρ (0).
Spacing statistics in two-mode random lasing
We suspect that in a much larger system without finite size effects, and for much longer simulation times, we could also observe subdiffusion for occupation volumes closer to the percolation threshold.
Modelling diffusional transport in the interphase cell nucleus
The difficulty for solving completely the 3D Ising model is evident, since the problem becomes much more complicated than the 2D Ising model that is already very much complex.
Conjectures on exact solution of three - dimensional (3D) simple orthorhombic Ising lattices
Much previous research in Kerr materials has been devoted to increasing the interaction strength while suffering from much larger photon loss.
Methods for Producing Optical Coherent State Superpositions
Notation A ≪ B stands for “much less” and means that A 6 c · B with a very small positive c; similarly, A ≫ B stands for “much larger” and means that A > C · B with a very large positive C .
On the Number of Nodal Domains of Random Spherical Harmonics
Since the total length of Z (f ) does not exceed C n (Claim 2.3), we can conclude that the number of such components is much less than εn2 if R is much greater than ε−1 .
On the Number of Nodal Domains of Random Spherical Harmonics
Indeed, no redwards evolution means that the gradient of the angular velocity at the border of the He-burning core remains much shallower and triggers much less mixing.
SPINSTARS at low metallicities
As we take lattices of smaller dimension, F2 gets much larger than the analytic result, and hρi much smaller.
Randomness and Complexity in Networks
There are many other areas, closely related to the problems in the above list, where much progress has been made in recent years, and where much remains to be done.
Some open problems in random matrix theory and the theory of integrable systems
Giants differ from main sequence stars in their structure: they have much larger radii (typical of 10 R⊙, see (da Silva et al. (2006)) and they have a much deeper convective zone compared to solar-type stars (cfr. discussion later).
Testing planet formation theories with Giant stars
It is in fact much easier technically to compute the statistical (with respect to the choice of the random formula F ) properties of Σ and sint once this decomposition has been done (the fluctuations in the number of solutions is much smaller once the non-core part of the formula has been removed).
A review of the Statistical Mechanics approach to Random Optimization Problems
This is one of the main issues which makes the nonrational case much more subtle and interesting than the rational case: As we will illustrate by an example one will generically find that the space of tempered conforma l blocks is much smaller than the space of all solutions to the conformal Ward identities.
Nonrational conformal field theory
We may then guess that (i) if this expectation is much less than log n then the number is zero with probability much more than 1/n, and (ii) in this case it is likely that there are x’s for which the number is zero.
Factors in random graphs
Tools for electronic readout have typically much higher noise levels, which results in a much weaker correlation between a measurement outcome and the state of the quantum system immediately after measurement.
Towards quantum optics and entanglement with electron spin ensembles in semiconductors