Almost, very nearly, as in This job is just about done, or At just about midnight we'll uncork the champagne. This phrase is sometimes used alone, as in Are you finished yet?Just about. It uses about in the sense of "nearly," a usage dating from the early 1600s.
|(of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct; "lasted approximately an hour"; "in just about a minute"; "he's about 30 years old"; "I've had about all I can stand"; "we meet about once a month"; "some forty people came"; "weighs around a hundred pounds"; "roughly $3,000"; "holds 3 gallons, more or less"; "20 or so people were at the party" [syn: approximately]|
|a screen or mat covered with a dark material for shielding a camera lens from excess light or glare.|
|a stew of meat, vegetables, potatoes, etc.|