American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- And other unspecified things of the same class; and so forth.
- n. A number of unspecified persons or things.
- n. Additional odds and ends; extras.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. And others; and so forth; and so on: generally used when a number of individuals of a class have been specified, to indicate that more of the same sort might have been mentioned, but for shortness are omitted: as, stimulants comprise brandy, rum, whisky, wine, beer, etcetera.
- And the rest, and the others; to complete a list.
- And so forth; to indicate missing information, often well known.
GNU Webster's 1913
- Others of the like kind; and the rest; and so on; -- used to point out that
other thingswhich could be mentioned are to be understood. Usually abbreviated into etc. or &c. (&c.)
- n. additional unspecified odds and ends; more of the same
- adv. continuing in the same way
- From Latin et cētera ("and the rest" or "and so forth") (Wiktionary)
- Latin : et, and + cētera, the rest, neuter pl. of cēterus; see ko- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Then he whispers a few words of Shi which, though coarser, are oddly reminiscent of those spoken by the little gentleman at the trattoria in Battersea: God give me strength to address this son of an arse hole et cetera and of course I give no indication whatever of understanding this, preferring to make a few innocent doodles on my notepad.”
the mission song
“Her inspection of me complete, she took my hand and led me on a tour of the room, the apparent purpose of which was to link me to my possessions: Aunt Imelda's locket, my father's missal, et cetera and because a degree nurse doesn't miss a trick where her patient is concerned the vacant nearly-white mark on the third finger of my left hand.”
the mission song
“Why, as the patriarchs of old, I pass the days in the fields, among horses and oxen, sheep, cows, bulls, and sows, et cetera pecora campi.”
Selected English Letters
“Qui de astrorum cursibus vitam hominum et gesta perquirunt, qui volatus avium et cetera huiusmodi, quae in saeculo prius observabantur, inquirunt, de Jericho anathema inferunt in ecclesiam, et polluunt castra domini et vinci faciunt populum dei” (“Those who, even though they are”
“These boards or departments would have to study all the causes which go to make the community's producing power inconstant — such as failure of crops, drouths, et cetera — and so to direct the energy of the community that equilibrium between its production and consumption might still be maintained.”
“Qui de astrorum cursibus vitam hominum et gesta perquirunt, qui volatus avium et cetera huiusmodi, quae in saeculo prius observabantur, inquirunt, de Jericho anathema inferunt in ecclesiam, et polluunt castra domini et vinci faciunt populum dei:”
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These come from gamma meditation ,I think.
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