/self/ , n. , pl. selves , adj., pron., pl. selves , v.
1. a person or thing referred to with respect to complete individuality: one's own self.
2. a person's nature, character, etc.: his better self.
3. personal interest.
a. the ego; that which knows, remembers, desires, suffers, etc., as contrasted with that known, remembered, etc.
b. the uniting principle, as a soul, underlying all subjective experience.
5. being the same throughout, as a color; uniform.
6. being of one piece with or the same material as the rest: drapes with a self lining.
7. Immunol. the natural constituents of the body, which are normally not subject to attack by components of the immune system (contrasted with nonself ).
8. Obs. same.
9. myself, himself, herself, etc.: to make a check payable to self.
v.t. , v.i.
10. to self-pollinate.
[ bef. 900; ME; OE self, selfa; c. D zelf, G selb-, ON sjalfr, Goth silba ]