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  1. Article.  (non-gloss definition, [[definite) (defdate, from 10th c.) .
  2. Article.  Used before an object considered to be unique, or of which there is only one at a time. (defdate, from 10th c.) .
  3. Article.  (non-gloss definition, With a superlative, it and that superlative refer to one object.) (defdate, from 9th c.) .
  4. Article.  (non-gloss definition, Introducing a term to be taken generically; preceding a name of something standing for a whole class.) (defdate, from 9th c.) .
  5. Article.  (non-gloss definition, Used before an adjective, indicating all things (especially persons) described by that adjective.) (defdate, from 9th c.) .
  6. Article.  Used to indicate a certain example of (a noun) which is most usually of concern, or most common or familiar. (defdate, from 12th c.) .
  7. Article.  (non-gloss definition, Used before a body part (especially of someone previously mentioned), as an alternative to a possessive pronoun.) (defdate, from 12th c.) .
  8. Article.  (non-gloss definition, When stressed, indicates that it describes an object which is considered to be best or exclusively worthy of attention.) (defdate, from 18th c.) .
  9. Adverb.  With a comparative or ''more'' and a verb phrase, establishes a parallel with one or more other such comparatives.
  10. Adverb.  With a comparative, and often with ''for it'', indicates a result more like said comparative. This can be negated with ''none''.

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