American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- conj. In the event that: If I were to go, I would be late.
- conj. Granting that: If that is true, what should we do?
- conj. On the condition that: She will play the piano only if she is paid.
- conj. Although possibly; even though: It is a handsome if useless trinket.
- conj. Whether: Ask if he plans to come to the meeting.
- conj. Used to introduce an exclamatory clause, indicating a wish: If they had only come earlier!
- n. A possibility, condition, or stipulation: There will be no ifs, ands, or buts in this matter.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In case that; granting, allowing, or supposing that; on condition that: used in introducing a conditional sentence or clause: as, I will go if you do; if he is there, I shall see him. In logic that which the conditional proposition expresses is such knowledge that the additional knowledge of the fact expressed in the clause introduced by if would give us the knowledge of the fact expressed in the other clause. “If A happens, B happens,” implies not only that whenever A happens B happens, in the actual circumstances, but that it would do so under a certain variation of circumstances from those which actually occur. Thus, “if I were to throw my inkstand on the floor, I should spoil the carpet,” and “if the result of throwing the inkstand on the floor would be to spoil the carpet, I shall not throw it on the floor,” may both be true at once, although in logical form the propositions appear to conflict.
- Whether: used in introducing an object clause.
- Although; notwithstanding that: as, I am honest, if I am poor; he is strong, if he is little. If, like and, but, and other conjunctions, is sometimes used as a noun, with reference to sentences so beginning.
- conj. Supposing that, assuming that, in the circumstances that; used to introduce a condition or choice.
- conj. Supposing that; used with past subjunctive indicating that the condition is not fulfilled.
- conj. Although; used to introduce a concession.
- conj. computing In the event that a statement is true (a programming statement that acts in a similar manner).
- conj. Whether; used to introduce a noun clause as the object of certain verbs.
- conj. Even if; even in the circumstances that.
- n. informal An uncertainty, possibility, condition, doubt etc.
GNU Webster's 1913
- conj. In case that; granting, allowing, or supposing that; -- introducing a condition or supposition.
- conj. Whether; -- in dependent questions.
- From Middle English yif, yef, from Old English ġif, ġef ("if; whether, though"), from Proto-Germanic *jabai (“when, if”), from Proto-Indo-European *e-, *ē- (“then, at that time”). Cognate with Scots gif ("if, whether"), West Frisian oft ("whether"), Dutch of ("or, whether, but"), Middle Low German ef ("if, whether"), German ob ("if, whether"), Icelandic ef, if ("if"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English gif. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“They might wish she didn't have to steal the nomination at the convention, but I doubt if ultimately many will have reservations about her actually doing it ... * if* they're able to keep the damage to a controllable minimum, and * if* they can effectively conceal their hand in it.”
“This after he posted an open letter to the Republican Party in July in which he said he would be willing to re-join, \ "if and only if\" certain conditions would be met.”
“Back then, if you wrapped yourself up in an American Flag, in most jurisdictions, you could wind up in jail…..if you were lucky.”
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“Poetry will be there to light a candle for each one of them if you let it — in remembrance or regret if you so choose, but mostly in honest remark upon the heart that feels it first.”
“However, if historical evidence is any guide, such restraint on the part of the military may yet prove to be fleeting if conditions continue to deteriorate.”
“Yet the College Board plans to offer Advanced Placement exams in Mandarin for the first time in 2007, and this is only if teacher ranks can be filled (a big ���if���).”
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“If you have read them and don't like them or think they are "gay" which, by the way, is a really intelligent response to anything…….and if you don't get my sarcasm then you definitely shouldn't read the books…..if you can read at all, then I believe that you are probably severely confused about a lot things.”
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Obviates the need for other devices or calculations--it will have a button for everything, and it will solve everything.
Loved for their ingenuity, an exact description, or simply for the pure joy of it.
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My big word list.
Okay, I admit it. I made a list of words my daughter knew when she was two years old.
Very basic words for ESL students.
Words from the works of Peter Reading - at least one from each (except the Schwitters-esque erosions, cut-ups etc).
They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
In a Sieve they went to sea:
In spite of all their friends could say,
On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
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