American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- conj. Used to indicate an alternative, usually only before the last term of a series: hot or cold; this, that, or the other.
- conj. Used to indicate the second of two alternatives, the first being preceded by either or whether: Your answer is either ingenious or wrong. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.
- conj. Archaic Used to indicate the first of two alternatives, with the force of either or whether.
- conj. Used to indicate a synonymous or equivalent expression: acrophobia, or fear of great heights.
- conj. Used to indicate uncertainty or indefiniteness: two or three.
- conj. Before. Followed by ever or ere: "I doubt he will be dead or ere I come” ( Shakespeare).
- prep. Before.
- n. Heraldry Gold, represented in heraldic engraving by a white field sprinkled with small dots.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Either; else; otherwise; as an alternative or substitute. A disjunctive conjunction coördinating two or more words or clauses each one of which in turn is regarded as excluding consideration of the other or others: as, your money or your life; by skill or by chance; this road or that. The corresponding negative is nor, with neither as introductory correlative.
- There may be several alternatives each joined to the preceding one by or, presenting a choice between any two in the series: as, he may study law or medicine or divinity, or he may enter into trade. The correlations are — Either … or (in archaic or poetical use also or … or).
- Whether … or (rarely or … or), in indirect questions.
- A conjunction coördinating two or more words or clauses each of which in turn is regarded as an equivalent of the other or others. Thus, we say of a particular diagram that it is a square, or a figure with four equal sides and equal angles.
- [Or sometimes begins a sentence, in this case expressing an alternative with the foregoing sentence, or merely a transition to some fresh argument or illustration.
- Before; previously; already.
- Before; ere; sooner than; rather than: as, or this (before this); or long (before long).
- Before; ere.
- Sooner than; rather than.
- n. In heraldry, one of the tinctures — the metal gold, often represented by a yellow color, and in engraving conventionally by dots upon a white ground. See tincture, and cuts under counter-changed and counter-compony.
- A Middle English form of your.
- A Middle English form of her (their).
- An apparent suffix, the terminus of the suffix -tor, -sor, of Latin origin, forming nouns of agent from verbs. The verb is often not directly represented in English, as in doctor, rector, lector, orator, victor, monitor, etc., but is commonly existent in -ate, as in demonstrator, illuminator, illustrator, generator, etc., or in -ite, -it, as in depositor, auditor, etc., or without such suffix, as in instructor, actor, corrector, etc., the noun in -or being in such instances actually or optionally interchangeable with a noun in -er, as instructor or instructer, etc., but the form in -or being generally preferred. Compare -or.
- A termination (apparent suffix) of Latin origin, contracted through Old French from an original Latin -ator. In English it is merged with -or, as in
emperor, ultimately from Latin imperator; governor, ultimately from Latin gubernator, etc.; or with -er, as in laborer, ultimately from Latin laborator; preacher, ultimately from Latin prædicator, ete. It appears as -iour, -ior, usually -iour (from OF. -eour), in savior, saviour, ultimately from Latin salvator.
- A suffix of some nouns of Latin origin, either abstract, as in odor, horror, terror, honor, etc., or concrete, as in arbor, a tree, etc. It is not felt or used as an English formative.
- A suffix of Latin origin appearing in comparatives, used in English with a distinct comparative use, as in the adjectives major, minor, junior, senior, prior, but also commonly in nouns, as major, minor, prior, junior, senior, etc. It is not felt or used as an English formative.
- A prefix of Anglo-Saxon origin, appearing unrecognized as a prefix and with no separate significance in ordeal, ort, and a few other words now obsolete.
- An abbreviation of oriental; of Oregon.
- n. heraldry The gold or yellow tincture on a coat of arms.
- adj. heraldry Of gold or yellow tincture on a coat of arms.
- adv. obsolete Early (on).
- adv. obsolete Earlier, previously.
- prep. Before; ere.
- conj. Connects at least two alternative words, phrases, clauses, sentences, etc. each of which could make a passage true. In English, this is the "inclusive or." The "exclusive or" is formed by "either...or".
- conj. Logical union of two sets of values. There are two forms, an exclusive or and an inclusive or.
- conj. Counts the elements before and after as two possibilities.
- conj. otherwise; a consequence of the condition that the previous is false
- conj. Connects two equivalent names.
GNU Webster's 1913
- conj. A particle that marks an alternative. It corresponds to
either. It often connects a series of words or propositions, presenting a choice of either.
- prep. obsolete Ere; before; sooner than.
- n. (Her.) Yellow or gold color, -- represented in drawing or engraving by small dots.
- n. a room in a hospital equipped for the performance of surgical operations
- n. a state in northwestern United States on the Pacific
- Old English oþþe. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from other, or (from Old English, from oththe) and from outher (from Old English āhwæther, āther; see either). Middle English, variant of er, from Old English ǣr, soon, early, and from Old Norse ār. Middle English, from Old French, from Latin aurum. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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