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several    : [s'ɛvrəl] [s'ɛvɚəl]
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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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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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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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" [synonym: {respective(a)}, {several(a)},
3: distinct and individual; "three several times"

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

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