any

Definitions

  • "'No, little lass, I do not want any flowers.'"
    "'No, little lass, I do not want any flowers.'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj any one or some or every or all without specification "give me any peaches you don't want","not any milk is left","any child would know that","pick any card","any day now","cars can be rented at almost any airport","at twilight or any other time","beyond any doubt","need any help we can get","give me whatever peaches you don't want","no milk whatsoever is left"
    • adv any to any degree or extent "it isn't any better"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Glad to Serve Any of the Descendants Of The Heroes 126 Glad to Serve Any of the Descendants Of The Heroes 126
Dad Couldn't Stand It Any Longer 343 Dad Couldn't Stand It Any Longer 343
It is an ill wind that blows nobody any good It is an ill wind that blows nobody any good
We cannot feed our chldren any longer We cannot feed our chldren any longer
Any interesting cases coming on Any interesting cases coming on
I will give any security you like I will give any security you like
"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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Canadians eat more Kraft Dinner (Macaroni and Cheese) per capita than any other country in the world
    • Any One indifferently, out of an indefinite number; one indefinitely, whosoever or whatsoever it may be. "No man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son."
    • Any Some, of whatever kind, quantity, or number; as, are there any witnesses present? are there any other houses like it? "Who will show us any good?""If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, . . . and it shall be given him.""That if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem."
    • adv Any To any extent; in any degree; at all. "You are not to go loose any longer.""Before you go any farther."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola per capita than any other nation
    • any In the singular, one, a or an, some; in the plural, some: indeterminately distributed, implying unlimited choice as to the particular unit, number, or quantity, and hence subordinately as to quality, whichever, of whatever quantity or kind; an indeterminate unit or number of units out of many or all. The indeterminate sense grows out of its use in interrogative and conditional sentences: as, has he any friend to speak for him? is there any proof of that? if you have any witnesses, produce them.
    • any [In affirmative sentences, any, being indeterminate in application, in effect has reference to every unit of the sort mentioned, and thus may be nearly equivalent to every: as, any schoolboy would know that; any attempt to evade the law will be resisted: so in anybody, any one, anything, etc.
    • any When any is preceded by a negative, expressed or implied, the two are together equivalent to an emphatic negative, ‘none at all,’ ‘not even one’: as, there has never been any doubt about that.
    • any In the singular, one, some; in the plural, some: indeterminately distributed in the same uses as the adjective, and used absolutely or followed by of in partitive construction: with reference to persons, any one, anybody; in the plural, any persons.
    • any [In this sense it might formerly have a possessive.
    • any In any degree; to any extent; at all: especially used with comparatives, as any better, any worse, any more, any less, any sooner, any later, any longer, etc.
    • any Also, in negative and interrogative sentences, used absolutely: as, it didn't rain any here; did it hurt him any?
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The majority of cats do not have any eyelashes
    • adj Any en′ni one indefinitely: some: whoever. n. An′ybody, any single individual
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Quotations

  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Any landing you can walk away from is a good one.”
  • Joe E. Lewis
    Joe%20E.%20Lewis
    “I don't drink any more than the man next to me, and the man next to me is Dean Martin.”
  • Booth Tarkington
    Booth Tarkington
    “There are two things that will be believed of any man whatsoever, and one of them is that he has taken to drink.”
  • William Shenstone
    William Shenstone
    “Consider, when you are enraged at any one, what you would probably think if he should die during the dispute.”
  • Jack Kerouac
    Jack Kerouac
    “I don't know, I don't care, and it doesn't make any difference!”
  • Baroness Orczy
    Baroness Orczy
    “An apology? Bah! Disgusting! Cowardly! Beneath the dignity of any gentleman, however wrong he might be.”

Idioms

Any port in a storm - This means that in an emergency any solution will do, even one that would normally be unacceptable.
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Any Tom, Dick or Harry - If something could be done by any Tom, Dick or Harry, it could be done by absolutely anyone.
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Don't take any wooden nickels - (USA) This idiom is used to advise people not to be cheated or ripped off.
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Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink - This is from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and is used to suggest that despite being surrounded by something, you cannot benefit from it.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. æniȝ, æni, eni, ani, oni, AS. ǣnig, fr. ān, one. It is akin to OS. ēnig, OHG. einic, G. einig, D. eenig,. See One
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ænigan, one.

Usage

In literature:

Mrs. Orme never gave lectures to any one on any subject.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
Jupe knows nothing of any Phil Quantrell, or any Richard Darke.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
And besides, he could never cross the sea and leave any of them behind.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
She was not like any other ship; and Captain Anthony was not like any other master to sail with.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
One knows how the servants get hold of anything of this kind and discuss it, if there is any want of dignity or any indecision.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
I regarded him as being quite free from any engagement, and myself as being free from any necessity of obeying him.
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
No; not through any failure; not through any of the accidents which will happen in all medical practice.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
Amongst nature men any man might capture and hold a woman at any time, if he could.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
It is different from any feeling of mere admiration, though he is a man of whom any woman might be justly proud.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
I have no intention of depriving any gentleman or any State of any right.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
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In poetry:

"Black Sheep, Black Sheep,
Have you any wool?"
"That I have, my Master,
Three bags full."
"Black Sheep" by Theodosia Garrison
If any duck in any brook,
Fluttering the water
For your crumb,
Seemed the helpless daughter
"Sonatina To Hans Christian" by Wallace Stevens
I doubt if King John
Was a sine qua non.
I could rather imagine it
Of any other Plantagenet.
"Clerihew - King John" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
“Consider the lilies!”
But, it occurs to me,
Does any one consider
The lily and the bee?
"The Lily and the Bee" by Henry Lawson
Who'll choose him for Knight?
"I," said his Mother,
"Before any other,
"My very own Knight."
"The New Knighthood" by Rudyard Kipling
The fourth speaker said
Fear knives. Fear any sharp
Thing, machine, shears
Scissors, lawnmowers.
"Paper Men To Air Hopes And Fears" by Robert Francis

In news:

Neither vehicle sustained any damage nor were their any injuries.
The US tax code prohibits deducting ''any fine or similar penalty paid to a government for the violation of any law.
That's when a worker at the polling station told Sisson the county election board has a policy to not allow firearms of any kind inside any polling station.
In order to address safety concerns raised Walmart has removed any firearm with a tactical label and has blocked any shipments of that type of gun to the store.
Those who donate blood at any Medic Blood Center location between July 23 and 27 will receive a free voucher for any Tennessee Smokies regular season home game.
If the $1.9 million in the athletics reserve fund isn't enough to cover any operating deficit, the campus should have enough fund balances across other auxiliary accounts — such as parking, dining and the bookstore — to cover any shortages.
1 Poor Best When the police or any other law enforcement entity wants to get some information, they do whatever is necessary to get that information, at any cost.
One of the challenges of being a designer of any discipline is showing what you are thinking to the client, director, producer, or even any other person.
This Punxsutawney Borough Police vehicle, along with three others, will have GPS units installed to assist in locating where any borough police vehicle is located within the borough at any time, 24/7.
It was made clear in court that the HP-Oracle relationship was founded on Oracle porting its software to HP servers--essentially without any written agreements and without any payments between the parties.
It's for any 7th through 12th grader who needs any kind of academic help .
Head coach Kim Barnes Arico and the Red Storm have continuously proven to the world time and time again this season that St John's has the capability of defeating any opponent on any given night.
Current athletes in any sport continuing to smoke marijuana or synthetic marijuana or partaking in any other drug use, better light up their brains with some smarts.
If you have any comments for Steve Lasky regarding this or any other security industry-related issue, please e-mail him at steve.lasky@cygnus.com.
In today's "any given Sunday" NFL, the thinking goes, any team can win — or lose — any game.
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In science:

Notice that, since j ⊳ k implies Xk ≥ Xj and Yk ≥ Yj , we must have any element of U0 ordered above any element of E0 which in turn must be ordered above any element of B0 .
Random orderings of the integers and card shuffling
Given any integer N ≥ 2, consider any stopping time σ ∈ TN and any function g ∈ G0 .
The probability of exceeding a high boundary on a random time interval for a heavy-tailed random walk
Stable embeddedness. A definable subset D of any product of sorts (possibly imaginary) is called stably embedded (in T ) if for any A, any TA -definable subset of Dm is TB -definable for some B ⊂ D.
Integration in valued fields
Then d(b, γ ) = Zu∈B (b,γ ) vol(B (0, γ ′ (u))−1 d(u, γ ′ (u)) (2) Let d1 , d2 be definable distributions on U such that for any x ∈ U , for al l large enough γ ∈ Γ, for any y ∈ B (x, γ ) and any γ ′ > γ , d1 (B (y , γ ′ )) = d2 (B (y , γ ′ )).
Integration in valued fields
Thus theorem 1.1 will be proved if one shows that ˜A(pn )−1 = ˜B (pn ) for any n (or equivalently A(pn )−1 = B (pn ) for any n) , or if ˜A(pn − 1)−1 = ˜B (pn − 1) for any n.
Characters of the irreducible representations with fundamental highest weight for the symplectic group in characteristic p
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