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Meaning of EITHER

Pronunciation:  'eedhur

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[adv]  after a negative statement used as an intensive meaning something like `likewise' or `also'; "he isn't stupid, but he isn't exactly a genius either"; "I don't know either"; "if you don't order dessert I won't either"
 

EITHER is a 6 letter word that starts with E.

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Ei"ther\ (?; 277), a. & pron. [OE. either, aither, AS.
    ?g?er, ?ghw[ae]?er (akin to OHG. ?ogiwedar, MHG. iegeweder);
    [=a] + ge + hw[ae]?er whether. See {Each}, and {Whether}, and
    cf. {Or}, conj.]
    1. One of two; the one or the other; -- properly used of two
       things, but sometimes of a larger number, for any one.
    
             Lepidus flatters both, Of both is flattered; but he
             neither loves, Nor either cares for him. --Shak.
    
             Scarce a palm of ground could be gotten by either of
             the three.                            --Bacon.
    
             There have been three talkers in Great British,
             either of whom would illustrate what I say about
             dogmatists.                           --Holmes.
    
    2. Each of two; the one and the other; both; -- formerly,
       also, each of any number.
    
             His flowing hair In curls on either cheek played.
                                                   --Milton.
    
             On either side . . . was there the tree of life.
                                                   --Rev. xxii.
                                                   2.
    
             The extreme right and left of either army never
             engaged.                              --Jowett
                                                   (Thucyd).
    
    
  2. \Ei"ther\, conj. Either
    precedes two, or more, co["o]rdinate words or phrases, and is
    introductory to an alternative. It is correlative to or.
    
          Either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a
          journey, or peradventure he sleepeth.    --1 Kings
                                                   xviii. 27.
    
          Few writers hesitate to use either in what is called a
          triple alternative; such as, We must either stay where
          we are, proceed, or recede.              --Latham.
    
    Note: Either was formerly sometimes used without any
          correlation, and where we should now use or.
    
                Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive
                berries? either a vine, figs??     --James iii.
                                                   12.
    
    
 
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