英 ['ɔːlməʊst] 美 ['ɔlmost]
"the baby was almost asleep when the alarm sounded"
"we"re almost finished"
"the car all but ran her down"
"he nearly fainted"
"talked for nigh onto 2 hours"
"the recording is well-nigh perfect"
"virtually all the parties signed the contract"
"I was near exhausted by the run"
"most everyone agrees"
组合词。al同all, 全部的。most, 大多数的。
almost: [OE] Almost is simply a combination of all and most. In Anglo-Saxon times, and up until the 17th century, it meant ‘mostly all’ or ‘nearly all’ (thus one could say ‘My best friends are almost men’, meaning most of them are men); but already by the 13th century the modern sense ‘nearly, not quite’ was well in place.
=> all, most
Old English eallmæst "nearly all, for the most part," literally "mostly all;" see all + most. Modern form from 15c.
1. The representatives almost came to blows at a meeting.
2. It's almost a foregone conclusion that you'll get what you want.
3. By 1973, this gap had narrowed almost to vanishing point.
4. Almost ninety per cent of all rapes and violent assaults went unreported.
5. He thought of the baby almost as an inanimate object.
almost not almost not
almost spherical 近似球形，近似于球形状的
almost nothing 几乎没有
almost everywhere 几乎处处
almost impossible 几乎不可能
almost invariant 殆不变式
almost never 几乎从来不
almost ring 准环
almost admissible decision rule 几乎容许决策规则
almost bounded function 殆有界函数