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E'ITHER, a. or pron.

1. One or another of any number. Here are ten oranges; take either orange of the whole number, or take either of them. In the last phrase, either stands as a pronoun or substitute.

2. One of two. This sense is included in the foregoing.

Lepidus flatters both,

Of both is flattered; but he neither loves,

Nor either cares for him.

3. Each; every one separately considered.

On either side of the river. Rev.22.

4. This word, when applied to sentences or propositions, is called a distributive or a conjunction. It precedes the first of two or more alternatives, and is answered by or before the second, or succeeding alternatives.

Either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he sleepeth. l Kings 18.

In this sentence, either refers to each of the succeeding clauses of the sentence.



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E'ITHER, a. or pron.

1. One or another of any number. Here are ten oranges; take either orange of the whole number, or take either of them. In the last phrase, either stands as a pronoun or substitute.

2. One of two. This sense is included in the foregoing.

Lepidus flatters both,

Of both is flattered; but he neither loves,

Nor either cares for him.

3. Each; every one separately considered.

On either side of the river. Rev.22.

4. This word, when applied to sentences or propositions, is called a distributive or a conjunction. It precedes the first of two or more alternatives, and is answered by or before the second, or succeeding alternatives.

Either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he sleepeth. l Kings 18.

In this sentence, either refers to each of the succeeding clauses of the sentence.

EI'THER, a. [or pron.; Sax. ægther, egther; D. yder; G. jeder; Ir. ceachtar. This word seems to be compound, and the first syllable to be the same as each. So Sax. æghwær, each where, every where. Sax. Chron. An. 1114, 1118.]

  1. One or another of any number. Here are ten oranges; take either orange of the whole number, or take either of them. In the last phrase, either stands as a pronoun or substitute.
  2. One of two. This sense is included in the foregoing. Lepidus flatters both, / Of both is flattered; but he neither loves, / Nor either cares for him. Shak.
  3. Each; every one separately considered. On either side of the river. Rev. xxii.
  4. This word, when applied to sentences or propositions, is called a distributive or a conjunction. It precedes the first of two or more alternatives, and is answered by or before the second, or succeeding alternatives. Either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he sleepeth. 1 Kings xviii. In this sentence, either refers to each of the succeeding clauses of the sentence.

Ei"ther
  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. Either precedes two, or more, coördinate 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.

    * 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.

  3. 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).

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Either

E'ITHER, adjective or pronoun

1. One or another of any number. Here are ten oranges; take either orange of the whole number, or take either of them. In the last phrase, either stands as a pronoun or substitute.

2. One of two. This sense is included in the foregoing.

Lepidus flatters both,

Of both is flattered; but he neither loves,

Nor either cares for him.

3. Each; every one separately considered.

On either side of the river. Revelation 22:2.

4. This word, when applied to sentences or propositions, is called a distributive or a conjunction. It precedes the first of two or more alternatives, and is answered by or before the second, or succeeding alternatives.

Either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he sleepeth. l Kings 18.

In this sentence, either refers to each of the succeeding clauses of the sentence.

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importance

IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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discrepancy

DISCREPANCE, DISCREPANCY, n. [L., to give a different sound, to vary, to jar; to creak. See Crepitate.] Difference; disagreement; contrariety; applicable to facts or opinions.

There is no real discrepancy between these tow genealogies.

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