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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   The \The\, adv. [AS. [eb][c7], [eb][df], instrumental case of
      s[c7], se[a2], [eb][91]t, the definite article. See 2d
      {The}.]
      By that; by how much; by so much; on that account; -- used
      before comparatives; as, the longer we continue in sin, the
      more difficult it is to reform. [bd]Yet not the more cease
      I.[b8] --Milton.
  
               So much the rather thou, Celestial Light, Shine inward,
               and the mind through all her powers Irradiate.
                                                                              --Milton.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   The \The\, v. i.
      See {Thee}. [Obs.] --Chaucer. Milton.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   The \The\ ([th][emac], when emphatic or alone; [th][esl],
      obscure before a vowel; [th][eit], obscure before a
      consonant; 37), definite article. [AS. [eb]e, a later form
      for earlier nom. sing. masc. s[c7], formed under the
      influence of the oblique cases. See {That}, pron.]
      A word placed before nouns to limit or individualize their
      meaning.
  
      Note: The was originally a demonstrative pronoun, being a
               weakened form of that. When placed before adjectives
               and participles, it converts them into abstract nouns;
               as, the sublime and the beautiful. --Burke. The is used
               regularly before many proper names, as of rivers,
               oceans, ships, etc.; as, the Nile, the Atlantic, the
               Great Eastern, the West Indies, The Hague. The with an
               epithet or ordinal number often follows a proper name;
               as, Alexander the Great; Napoleon the Third. The may be
               employed to individualize a particular kind or species;
               as, the grasshopper shall be a burden. --Eccl. xii. 5.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   English \Eng"lish\, n.
      1. Collectively, the people of England; English people or
            persons.
  
      2. The language of England or of the English nation, and of
            their descendants in America, India, and other countries.
  
      Note: The English language has been variously divided into
               periods by different writers. In the division most
               commonly recognized, the first period dates from about
               450 to 1150. This is the period of full inflection, and
               is called Anglo-Saxon, or, by many recent writers, Old
               English. The second period dates from about 1150 to
               1550 (or, if four periods be recognized, from about
               1150 to 1350), and is called Early English, Middle
               English, or more commonly (as in the usage of this
               book), Old English. During this period most of the
               inflections were dropped, and there was a great
               addition of French words to the language. The third
               period extends from about 1350 to 1550, and is Middle
               English. During this period orthography became
               comparatively fixed. The last period, from about 1550,
               is called Modern English.
  
      3. A kind of printing type, in size between Pica and Great
            Primer. See {Type}.
  
      Note: The type called English.
  
      4. (Billiards) A twist or spinning motion given to a ball in
            striking it that influences the direction it will take
            after touching a cushion or another ball.
  
      {The} {King's, [or] Queen's}, {English}. See under {King}.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   T.H.E
  
      The {operating system} in which
      {semaphores} were first used.
  
      [Details?]
  
      (1999-10-12)
  
  
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