• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Without Not with; otherwise than with; in absence of, separation from, or destitution of; not with use or employment of; independently of; exclusively of; with omission; as, without labor; without damage. "I wolde it do withouten negligence.""Wise men will do it without a law.""Without the separation of the two monarchies, the most advantageous terms . . . must end in our destruction.""There is no living with thee nor without thee."
    • Without On or art the outside; not on the inside; not within; outwardly; externally. "Without were fightings, within were fears."
    • Without On or at the outside of; out of; not within; as, without doors. "Without the gate
      Some drive the cars, and some the coursers rein."
    • Without Out of the limits of; out of reach of; beyond. "Eternity, before the world and after, is without our reach."
    • Without Outside of the house; out of doors. "The people came unto the house without ."
    • conj Without Unless; except; -- introducing a clause.☞ Now rarely used by good writers or speakers. "You will never live to my age without you keep yourselves in breath with exercise, and in heart with joyfulness."
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Have you ever tried riding without the handles Have you ever tried riding without the handles
The 200th Ind. Was Not Without Talent in Foraging 169 The 200th Ind. Was Not Without Talent in Foraging 169
The Fox without a Tail The Fox without a Tail
"We may live without friends, we may live without books, But civilized man cannot live without cooks" "We may live without friends, we may live without books, But civilized man cannot live without cooks"
"They drank without any cup." "They drank without any cup."
Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Europe has no deserts, it is the only continent without one.
    • without On or as to the outside; outwardly; externally.
    • without Out of doors; outside, as of a room or a house.
    • without As regards external acts or the outer life; externally.
    • without Outside of; at or on the exterior or outside of; external to; out of: opposed to within: as, without the walls.
    • without Out of the limits, compass, range, reach, or powers of; beyond.
    • without Lacking; destitute of; exempt or free from; unconnected with; independent of: noting loss, absence, negation, privation, etc.: as, to be without money; to do without sleep; without possibility of error; without harm.
    • without In colloquial language the object is frequently omitted after this preposition, especially in such phrases as to do without, to go without: as, they can give me no assistance, so I must do without.
    • without Without is sometimes used to govern a substantive clause introduced by that, without that thus signifying unless, except; and then, the that being omitted, it obtains the value of a conjunction (like because, while, since, etc.) in the same sense; but it is now rarely, if ever, used thus by careful and correct speakers and writers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The only continent without reptiles or snakes is Antarctica.
    • prep Without with-owt′ outside or out of: beyond: not with: in absence of: not having: except: all but
    • adv Without on the outside: out of doors
    • conj Without except
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  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “Duty cannot exist without faith.”
  • Aristotle
    “Without friends no one would choose to live.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “Life is nothing without friendship.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “You cannot be a hero without being a coward.”
  • Amy Carmichael
    Amy Carmichael
    “You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.”
  • Doug Horton
    “Love is seeing without eyes, hearing without ears; hatred is nothing.”


Go down without a fight - If someone goes down without a fight, they surrender without putting up any resistance.
Never a rose without the prick - This means that good things always have something bad as well; like the thorns on the stem of a rose.
No smoke without fire - This idiom means that when people suspect something, there is normally a good reason for the suspicion, even if there is no concrete evidence. ('Where's there's smoke, there's fire' is also used.)
Up a river without a paddle - If you up a river without a paddle, you are in an unfortunate situation, unprepared and with none of the resources to remedy the matter.
Without a hitch - If something happens without a hitch, nothing at all goes wrong.
You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs - This idiom means that in order to achieve something or make progress, there are often losers in the process.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. withoute, withouten, AS. wiðtan,; wið, with, against, toward + tan, outside, fr. t, out. See With (prep.) Out


In literature:

He remains without moving, without unclosing his eyelids.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
That it would come with no ordinary strength, and without further warning, there was every reason to believe.
"The Three Admirals" by W.H.G. Kingston
Perhaps I caused crosses to her without intending it, and she to me without knowing it.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
Good Lord, what do you think about all day without ideals to guide you?
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
I must be left without the possibility of restoration, without a defender, without an organ.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
Over twenty in all, without counting their own; some of them shod, but most without iron on the hoof.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
I loved without reason; but I loved now without hope.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
You cannot be a Crusoe without a canoe coming to your island, without cannibals appearing one day or another!
"Godfrey Morgan" by Jules Verne
Life without love is worse than death; a world without a sun.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
His reputation at this time was almost without a parallel: his glory was without a cloud.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
We got along without her in the war of 1812; we can get on without her again.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
De Lara sweeps past the midshipman without saying a word; without even taking notice of him.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
He was a Nero without servants, without power, and without land.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
There was nothing for him but to go away, and be utterly without occupation, altogether without friends.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
His children would live without books, without education, without society.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
This resolution will enable you to say what you wish without fear of mistake, and without showing too much respect of persons.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
Without saying that nobody knows who her captain is.
"The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras" by Jules Verne
They think that Pity without Relief is like Mustard without Beef.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
But I certainly did not care to set up housekeeping without a house or without the money to get one.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
The association's petition for a constitutional amendment was rejected without a division and without even discussion.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various

In poetry:

There I was, that came of
Folk of mud and name-
I that had my name of
Them without a name.
"The Dark Girl's Rhyme" by Dorothy Parker
Lost was life and all its good,
Gone without avail!
All his labour never would
Find the Holy Grail!
"The Sangreal" by George MacDonald
Again my sweet friend
Embrace me close.
Yes, heaven does bless us,
And now you have won
My love without end.
"He comes" by Yehudah ha-Levi
The fairest ancestry on earth
Without desert is poor;
And every deed of former worth
Is but a claim for more.
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More
He also left a son, who, without care
Or planning how,
Bore the fair letters of a deathless fame
Upon his brow.
"Inheritance" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
For ages I've wandered without a goal, all alone
Without shade I withered, without repose, faded.
Would you welcome this stranger among your emerald leaves,
I know many stories of wonder and wisdom."
"The Leaf" by Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov

In news:

Some of the Southwest Florida candidates running without party affiliation this election season.
Highmark said affiliation agreement 'was history' without bankruptcy.
Who was the last GOP president to win without a Bush or Nixon on the ticket.
No other uses are authorized without securing prior permission from the copyright owner.
The New York Yankees begin life without Derek Jeter on Sunday when they play.
Jordan Marie Shaver was charged Monday in 4th District Court, and is being held in the Ada County Jail without bond.
At least 34 dead, 8.2M without power.
Enjoy Live Plants without the Maintenance.
Without proper equipment adjustment, the benefits of the air door/curtain will be lost.
Everyone wants to get up the grades first without sacrificing mileage.
He saw a future without slavery.
You can hardly change channels without seeing another commercial paid for by a group other than the candidate's campaign.
There's no getting around it: You can't have a parade without these guys.
Celebrating Halloween just wouldn't be the same without gathering at Patten Parkway.
A Super Bowl party without beer is like New Year's Eve without champagne.

In science:

In the sequel, the graphs we shall consider are always transitive, row-finite, without multiple edges and without loops (of length 1).
On the physical relevance of random walks: an example of random walks on a randomly oriented lattice
FIG. 2: Eigenfunctions of map without noise and without holes.
Lifetimes of noisy repellors
Now in the present example, we consider the flow V generated by a closed 1-form ω without any non-degeneracy condition, even without a Bott-type condition.
Conley Index Theory and Novikov-Morse Theory
Note that in Deutsch-Hayden we have a formalism without collapse and without the addition of determinate values.
Nonlocality and information flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden
Thus if one is considering the question of locality in this context, the crucial factor is the assumption of quantum mechanics without a real process of collapse, and without additional variables, rather than anything distinctive about the Deutsch-Hayden approach.
Nonlocality and information flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden
We consider flow without external forces i.e. without gravity.
Solution to two-dimensional Incompressible Navier-Stokes Equations with SIMPLE, SIMPLER and Vorticity-Stream Function Approaches. Driven-Lid Cavity Problem: Solution and Visualization
It gives usual integrability (i.e., without the exponential of the square), without the suprema over T .
On random almost periodic trigonometric polynomials and applications to ergodic theory
Without loss of generality, , we shall assume that all the posets considered are without a minimum or maximum element.
Solving General Equations by Order Completion
Let LN be the generator of the zero-range process without the random environment (that is, taking a(ω ) ≡ 1 in (2.3)), and without the diffusive scaling N 2 .
Scaling limits for gradient systems in random environment
This is also because from 3D to 2D, one undergoes the crossover between two systems with and without the topologic problem respectively, whereas from 2D to 1D, one undergoes the crossover between two systems both without the topologic problem.
Conjectures on exact solution of three - dimensional (3D) simple orthorhombic Ising lattices
From the combinatorial point of view there is a standard way how to approach (and sometimes to solve) a monotone property P : one investigates those structures without the property P which are critical, (or minimal) without P .
Forbidden lists (NP and CSP for combinatorialists)
If V is an orbifold with boundary but without (g-)corners, and (D, J ) is an almost CR structure on V , then ∂ V is an orbifold without boundary, and J |∂V is an almost complex structure on ∂ V , as T (∂ V ) = D|∂V .
Kuranishi homology and Kuranishi cohomology
In the same way, if X is a Kuranishi space with boundary but without (g-)corners and (D , J , K ) is an almost CR structure on X then ∂X is a Kuranishi space without boundary, and (J , K )|∂X is an almost complex structure on ∂X .
Kuranishi homology and Kuranishi cohomology
Graph drawings and maps Let Sg denote the compact oriented surface of genus g without boundary. A graph drawing on Sg is a proper embedding (without edge crossings) of a graph into Sg .
A bijection for rooted maps on orientable surfaces
It is therefore possible that one may be able to enlarge the structure group (preferably without changing its homotopy type, or without changing it too much).
How to Construct a Dirac Operator in Infinite Dimensions