Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Constituting each and all members of a group without exception.
  • adj. Being all possible: had every chance of winning, but lost.
  • adj. Being each of a specified succession of objects or intervals: every third seat; every two hours.
  • adj. Being the highest degree or expression of: showed us every attention; had every hope of succeeding.
  • idiom every bit Informal In all ways; equally: He is every bit as mean as she is.
  • idiom then From time to time; occasionally.
  • idiom every once in a while From time to time; occasionally.
  • idiom every other Each alternate: She went to visit her aunt every other week.
  • idiom every so often At intervals; occasionally.
  • idiom every which way Informal In every direction.
  • idiom every which way Informal In complete disorder.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • All of a countable group, without exception.
  • Used with ordinal numbers to denote those items whose position is divisible by the corresponding cardinal number, or a portion of equal size to that set.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. All the parts which compose a whole collection or aggregate number, considered in their individuality, all taken separately one by one, out of an indefinite number.
  • adj. Every one. Cf. Each.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Each, considered indefinitely as a unitary part of an aggregate; all, of a collective or aggregate number, taken one by one; any, as representing all of whom or of which the same thing is predicated.
  • each one (of the whole number); every person; everybody.
  • Each of any number of persons or things; every one.
  • n. An obsolete form of ivory. Wright

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. each and all of a series of entities or intervals as specified
  • adj. (used of count nouns) each and all of the members of a group considered singly and without exception

Etymologies

Middle English everi, everich, from Old English ǣfre ǣlc : ǣfre, ever; see aiw- in Indo-European roots + ǣlc, each; see līk- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English everich, which is made up of Old English ǣfre ("ever") + ǣlċ ("each"). Furthermore, ǣfre itself comes from ā in feore ("ever in life"), and ǣlċ from ā ġelīċ ("ever alike"). Thus equivalent to ever +‎ each. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It's coming out of every rock, every drop of rain, every flower, every particle of air, every  stitch of clothing, every cell of skin, every bead upon our silly heads.

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  • I dreamt I was at a huge convention, but every pro writer bailed except for me and Catherine Asaro, and we were forced to do _every_ panel.

    Tweet Dreams

  • By every place, we really mean *every* place — there are Place Pages for businesses, points of interest, transit stations, neighborhoods, landmarks and cities all over the world.

    Place Pages for Google Maps: There are places we remember!

  • I recently did a patent investigation and we had to mark every single configuration setting it was a wireless comm application and note _every_ deviation in the setup from what would otherwise be considered the norm.

    Pain in Maine, but they can measure rain « Climate Audit

  • It works out to one cupcake every two or three weeks, assuming *every* mother brings in cupcakes which is of course not the case.

    "Banning cupcakes is almost like an assault on the national identity."

  • What was is thatThomas Jefferson said..every 50 years there should be a….hhmmmm..cant seem to remember the rest ..oh yeah every 50 year there should be a rev******CENSORED******

    Think Progress » John McCain’s War On Blogs

  • _I've_ been wondering, why is the Army spending all its resources to gather up not just every last piece of eetee salvage, but nearly _every person_ who's worked with it?

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • "A hungry man is an angry one;" so runs the legend, but, if true, and I have every reason to believe that it is, it held not on the lower deck of the "Iron Duke" this day, for _no_ man was angry, and _every_ man

    In Eastern Seas Or, the Commission of H.M.S. 'Iron Duke,' flag-ship in China, 1878-83

  • I would give every traveling man, every business man, _every man_ this same advice.

    Tales of the Road

  • I think it would be better to do away with all such qualifying expressions, and constantly maintain (what I certainly believe to be the fact) that _variations of every kind_ are _always occurring_ in _every part_ of _every species_, and therefore that favourable variations are _always ready_ when wanted.

    Alfred Russel Wallace: Letters and Reminiscences, Vol. 1

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