about
\ \ [OE] About in Old English times meant ‘around the outside of’; it did not develop its commonest present-day meaning, ‘concerning’, until the 13th century. In its earliest incarnation it was onbūtan, a compound made up of on and būtanoutside’ (this is the same word as modern English but, which was itself originally a compound, formed from the ancestors of by and out – so broken down into its ultimate constituents, about is on by out).
\ \ Cf.BUT, BY, OUT

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  • About: — About: About: (« à propos de » en anglais) est un préfixe utilisé dans une série de navigateurs pour accéder, via l interface même du navigateur (par la barre d adresses), à des pages très particulières. Les URIs saisies affichent donc… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • About — A*bout , adv. 1. On all sides; around. [1913 Webster] Tis time to look about. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. In circuit; circularly; by a circuitous way; around the outside; as, a mile about, and a third of a mile across. [1913 Webster] 3. Here and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • About — A*bout , prep. [OE. aboute, abouten, abuten; AS. [=a]butan, onbutan; on + butan, which is from be by + utan outward, from ut out. See {But}, {Out}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Around; all round; on every side of. Look about you. Shak. Bind them about thy… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • About — (spr. abuh), Edmond, franz. Schriftsteller und Publizist, geb. 14. Febr. 1828 in Dienze, gest. 17. Jan. 1885 in Paris; schrieb anziehende Erzählungen (»Tolla«, »Mariages de Paris«, »Madelon« etc.), polit. Broschüren im Dienst des Bonapartismus,… …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • about — /euh bowt /, prep. 1. of; concerning; in regard to: instructions about the work; a book about the Civil War. 2. connected or associated with: There was an air of mystery about him. 3. near; close to: a man about my height; about six o clock. 4.… …   Universalium

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  • about — I. adverb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English abūtan, from 1a + būtan outside more at but Date: before 12th century 1. a. reasonably close to < about a year ago > b. almost < about starved > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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