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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

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* Besides prepositions, the following signify "about":--

A — 1: κυκλόθεν
(Strong's #2943 — Adverb — kuklothen — koo-kloth'-en )

"round about, or all round" (from kuklos, "a circle, cycle"), is found in the Apocalypse only, 4:3,4,8.

A — 2: κύκλῳ
(Strong's #2945 — Adverb — kuklo — koo'-klo )

the dative case of kuklos (see above), means "round about," lit., "in a circle." It is used in the same way as No. 1, Mark 3:34 ; 6:6,36 ; Luke 9:12 ; Romans 15:19 ; Revelation 4:6 ; 5:11 ; 7:11 .

A — 3: πού
(Strong's #4225 — Adverb — pou — poo )

an indefinite particle, signifying "somewhere, somewhere about, nearly," has a limiting force, with numerals, e.g., Romans 4:19 . In referring to a passage in the OT, it is translated "somewhere," in the RV of Hebrews 2:6 ; 4:4 (AV, "in a certain place"); by not mentioning the actual passage referred to, the writer acknowledged the familiar acquaintance of his readers with the OT. See PLACE.

A — 4: ὡς
(Strong's #5613 — Adverb — hos — hoce )

usually means "as." Used with numerals it signifies "about," e.g., Mark 5:13 ; 8:9 John 1:40 ; 6:19 ; 11:18 ; Acts 1:15 ; Revelation 8:1 .

A — 5: ὡσεί
(Strong's #5616 — Adverb — hosei — ho-si' )

"as if," before numerals, denotes "about, nearly, something like," with perhaps an indication of greater indefiniteness than No. 4, e.g., Matthew 14:21 ; Luke 3:23 ; 9:14,28 ; Acts 2:41 ; with a measure of space, Luke 22:41 , "about a stone's cast." See LIKE.

B — 1: μέλλω
(Strong's #3195 — Verb — mello — mel'-lo )

signifies (a) "of intention, to be about to do something," e.g., Acts 3:3 ; 18:14 ; 20:3 ; Hebrews 8:5 ; (b) "of certainty, compulsion or necessity, to be certain to act," e.g., John 6:71 . See ALMOST , BEGIN , COME , INTEND , MEAN , MIND , POINT OF (at), READY , SHALL , SHOULD , TARRY.

Note: Zeteo, "to seek," is translated "were about" in the AV of Acts 27:30 ; RV, correctly, "were seeking to."


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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'About'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. http://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/ved/a/about.html. 1940.


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