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PLURAL. A term used in grammar, which signifies more than one.
     2. Sometimes, however, it may be so expressed that it means only one, as, if a man were to devise to another all he was worth, if he, the testator, died without children, and he died leaving one child, the devise would not take effect. See Dig. 50, 16, 148; Id. 35, 1, 101, 1; Id. 3 1, 17, 4 Code, 6, 49, 6, 2; Shelf. on L 559, 589. See Singular.

References in classic literature ?
in the plural, my dear Pelisson," said La Fontaine, clapping his hand on the shoulder of his friend, whose insult he had quite forgotten, "and they will rhyme.
SOCRATES: Well then, for my own sake as well as for yours, I will do my very best; but I am afraid that I shall not be able to give you very many as good: and now, in your turn, you are to fulfil your promise, and tell me what virtue is in the universal; and do not make a singular into a plural, as the facetious say of those who break a thing, but deliver virtue to me whole and sound, and not broken into a number of pieces: I have given you the pattern.
156} Lower down (line 143) Euryclea says it was herself that had thrown the cloak over Ulysses--for the plural should not be taken as implying more than one person.
The Government of Time: Theories of Plural Temporality in the Marxist Tradition
The noun forests is immediately followed by the plural verb-form (are).
1) These nominal elements can collocate with singular or plural verbal forms depending on the speaker's focus, either on the group or on the individual members, as exemplified by (1) and (2) respectively.
17-18 [0; 9 inferred]: INES (17 listed words + nonce plural aines)
The tire characteristically includes: a tread having a contact surface (1); plural circumferential grooves (2); plural lateral grooves (3); blocks (4) demarcated by the circumferential grooves and the lateral grooves in the contact surface of the tread; and plural sipes (5) provided in the blocks (4), wherein the bottom portion of each sipe (5) is provided with at least one upward-protruding projection (7) for integrally connecting respective facing groove walls of the sipe (5).
Por ultimo, analiza hasta que grado las distintas marcaciones del plural son obligatorias en dicha lengua y en que contextos se pueden omitir.
A number of Italian plural forms come from the field of music, such as bassi, concerti, libretti and tempi.
The first-person pronouns are the singular I and the plural we.
There are, however, languages in which, in addition to the obligatory distinction between singular and plural of the (better known) languages spoken in Europe, there are other oppositions: some languages use the dual for indicating two units (e.