both

Definitions

  • "Charlie grasped his rifle in both hands."
    "Charlie grasped his rifle in both hands."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj both (used with count nouns) two considered together; the two "both girls are pretty"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Both under Arms Both under Arms
"'THERE ISN'T A REDDER FOOL THAN ME IN BOTH ATLANTICS.'" "'THERE ISN'T A REDDER FOOL THAN ME IN BOTH ATLANTICS.'"
He Let Both Heels Fly 133 He Let Both Heels Fly 133
Ornamental plaster was used in a few buildings for enhancing the beauty of both the interior and exterior Ornamental plaster was used in a few buildings for enhancing the beauty of both the interior and exterior
Both brass and pottery candlesticks have been found. The candle was the standard lighting device during the 17th century Both brass and pottery candlesticks have been found. The candle was the standard lighting device during the 17th century
Communion silver used in the Jamestown church after 1661. Both the chalice and paten were made in London, and donated to the church by Lt. Gov. Francis Morrison (or Moryson) in 1661. On both pieces is the legend: “Mixe not holy thinges with profane.” Communion silver used in the Jamestown church after 1661. Both the chalice and paten were made in London, and donated...
He cut both the monster's legs just below the garter He cut both the monster's legs just below the garter
Mr. Rivers had summoned both boys to his study Mr. Rivers had summoned both boys to his study

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hitler and Napolean both had only one testical
    • conj Both As well; not only; equally.Both precedes the first of two coördinate words or phrases, and is followed by and before the other, both . . . and . . . ; as well the one as the other; not only this, but also that; equally the former and the latter. It is also sometimes followed by more than two coördinate words, connected by and expressed or understood. "To judge both quick and dead.""A masterpiece both for argument and style.""To whom bothe heven and erthe and see is sene.""Both mongrel, puppy, whelp, and hound.""He prayeth well who loveth well Both man and bird and beast."
    • a. or pron Both The one and the other; the two; the pair, without exception of either.☞ It is generally used adjectively with nouns; as, both horses ran away; but with pronouns, and often with nous, it is used substantively, and followed by of. "She alone is heir to both of us.""Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto Abimelech; and both of them made a covenant.""He will not bear the loss of his rank, because he can bear the loss of his estate; but he will bear both , because he is prepared for both .""Thy weal and woe are both of them extremes.""This said, they both betook them several ways."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew cannabis sativa (marijuana) on their plantations.
    • both The one and the other; the two; the pair or the couple, in reference to two persons or things specially mentioned, and denoting that neither of them is to be excluded, either absolutely or (as with either) as an alternative, from the statement.
    • both [The genitive both's (ME. bothes, bothers, earlier bother, bathre) is now disused; in the earlier period it was joined usually with the genitive plural of the personal pronoun. Subsequently the simple both, equivalent to of both, was used.
    • both Including the two (terms or notions mentioned): an adverb preceding two coördinate terms (words or phrases) joined by and, and standing thus in an apparent conjunctional correlation, both … and, equivalent to not only … but also. Both is thus used sometimes before three or more coördinate terms.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Both Hitler and Napoleon were missing one testicle.
    • adj., pron Both bōth the two: the one and the other
    • conj Both as well: on the one side
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Quotations

  • Titus Livy
    Titus Livy
    “Not many men have both good fortune and good sense.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “When two quarrel, both are in the wrong.”
  • Voltaire
    Voltaire
    “A long dispute means that both parties are wrong”
  • Voltaire
    Voltaire
    “Weakness on both sides is, the motto of all quarrels.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel%20Johnson
    “Sir, you have but two topics, yourself and me. I am sick of both.”
  • Jesse Jackson
    Jesse%20Jackson
    “Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change.”

Idioms

Best of both worlds - If you have the best of both worlds, you benefit from different things that do not normally go together.
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Both ends meet - If you make both ends meet, you live off the money you earn and don't go into debt.
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Burn the candle at both ends - Someone who burns the candle at both ends lives life at a hectic pace, doing things which are likely to affect their health badly.
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Have a foot in both camps - Someone who plays a part or who is involved in two different groups of people, opinions, ways of thinking or living, etc, has a foot in both camps.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bothe, bae, fr. Icel. bāir,; akin to Dan. baade, Sw. båda, Goth. bajs, OHG. beid, bd, G. & D. beide, also AS. begen, , b, Goth. bai, and Gr. , L. ambo, Lith. abà, OSlav. oba, Skr. ubha,. √310. Cf. Amb-

Usage

In literature:

Perhaps both; for if I miss we shall have both the brutes to contend with, to say nothing of the brace of whelps.
"The Tiger Hunter" by Mayne Reid
Or both may be accepted, and then we'll both be blessed.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
Both Henry and Sol looked anxiously at the village, which was of a permanent character, containing both single and communal wigwams.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
He had great self-control, and was both morally and physically courageous.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
Both are obligatory at the same instant of time, and both might possibly be performed in one moment.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham
The best of both kinds is as priceless as is the classical literature for adults.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
Both children and adult players like strength and decision in a teacher or leader.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
The vicuna being of such value, both inside and out, both in flesh and wool, is hunted by the mountain Indians with great assiduity.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
To hold both together, and by pressure haul in both equally.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
They were both young, and both pretty.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
Both are bound together, both pass through the same stages, though in a different order.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
Both reasons seemed preposterous to Charley.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
By this time the fathers of both Hal and Noll had found themselves in somewhat better circumstances.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks" by H. Irving Hancock
Both stood ready to receive the second charge of the enemy.
"The Ocean Waifs" by Mayne Reid
Both together glance across the glade.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
The Girondists, instead of attaining both their ends, failed of both.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
What you have just been saying has suggested a new idea, which I think may be carried out for the benefit of both of us.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
The Riche and the Doree, standing side by side, were both high-priced and noted for their revelries.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
The smallest departure from the earlier version led to both them children pouncing at once.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Both are fine speakers, with most distinct enunciation and musical voices.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
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In poetry:

Man, what's the matter?
My you like to chatter!
Your praise is both capricious
and vicious.
"Table Hymn" by Jonas Hallgrimsson
God touched me for an hour.
And I saw clearly,
I fled because I loved—
Loved both so dearly.
"The Brothers" by Ethel Clifford
I flinched. Both terrified,
We slunk away,
Each in his own way dodging
The cruel darts of the cold.
"To A Blossoming Pear Tree" by James Wright
Not girls-pearls,
fillies fine and gorgeous,
the joy of whoever saw their face
and I loved both of them.
"One, Two" by Hayyim Nahman Bialik
The martyr here is known from him
Who peaceably did die,
Both by the place he sitteth in,
And by his dignity.
"Of Heaven" by John Bunyan
Every toiler in his toil;
Life is Work in Duty's hand,
Art and Nature both demand
Daily labour, midnight oil:
"Beetles (A Few Verses, For Vernon Wollaston)" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

Both teams were on a good run before the game so it was going to be an open game because both teams create so many chances and probably the first-half killed us.
Aren't they both Republicans and weren't they both serving when the Republican Legislature decided to stifle voting in Florida and discourage minorities from voting and thereby help the Republican Party.
Red foxes and coyotes are both wild members of the dog family and you can find them both here in the Susquehanna Valley.
both initiatives sailed through on Election Day despite opposition from the authorities, and both now face legal scr...
Sheryl St Germain is both a poet and director of the graduate writing program at Chatham University and she's having a banner year in both roles.
But they're both members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- that is, they're both Mormons.
The global capitalist system unleashed both wealth and poverty, endured both boom and bust, facilitated both opportunity and exploitation, distributed both commodities and contagions.
Both are part of the local history of high school golf in Greene County as they both participated in the state finals during their careers as Miners.
The day after Thanksgiving a good friend and I were talking about someone we both knew, someone who had disappointed both of us.
As a member of both NMMA and MRAA who's worked with dealers and boat builders for more than two decades, I understand the needs, wants and concerns on both sides of the fence.
Hospital has stated that both Malik Sheppard and his grandfather , Robert Mickens, are both in fair condition.
Both attorney's argued and the judge decided against dismissal so that he could hear both full arguments before making a decision.
As I read Sunday's Citizen Patriot, I was disappointed in both Tim Skubick's and Andrew Heller 's columns, both of which I usually enjoy reading.
Both dogs are tri-color corgis, and both are about the same age.
North Dakota is ranked 8th in both the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey polls UND jumped one spot in both polls after taking three of four WCHA points from league-leading Denver this past weekend.
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In science:

In general a spacetime can contain both black holes and Misner strings, and the total gravitational entropy will receive contributions from both of these ob jects.
Generalized entropy and Noether charge
For states and observables having both analytic extensions to the upper and lower half plane near the real axis, both expressions (105) and (106) can be used to obtain Pt .
Perturbative method for generalized spectral decompositions
Definition 2.2. • A κ−tree is definable in the wide sense if its underlying set T and
On the consistency of the definable tree property on \aleph_1
The following result, which is Theorem 1 of Diaconis and Shahshahani (1981) and was later included in Diaconis (1988) as Theorem 5 in Section D of Chapter 3, establishes an upper bound on both the total variation distance and the ℓ2 distance (both defined in Section 2.6) between P ∗k and U .
Random walks on wreath products of groups
In such a case the random field is induced by both type of dipoles and its distribution function F depends on both order parameters, i.e. F = f (E , L1z , L2z ).
Phase diagram of mixed system of ferroelectric relaxors in the random field theory framework
Via decoupling, the domain of integration in the generalized Schwinger proper-time regulator captures both the UV behavior of both the massless and massive modes.
On the finiteness of N=8 quantum supergravity
From the physical point of view, this property is obvious since a vector belonging both to VU and to VD would be a vector for which we could claim both that “the pointer points at U” and that “the pointer points at D”, a contradictory situation since “U” and “D” correspond to macroscopically different situations.
A General Argument Against the Universal Validity of the Superposition Principle
Using several HDF North sources having both the mid-IR and radio flux, Aussel et al. (2000) find that the two SFR estimators, both largely unaffected by dust extinction, provide consistent results on the SFR.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
For instance, a DLCQ IIA state with a D0- and a (transverse) D4-brane is mapped onto a IIB Wound state which includes both a D1-brane and a D5-brane (with the electric field on both branes becoming critical simultaneously).
IIA/B, Wound and Wrapped
This is equivalent to the statement that the two fields are either both in the Neveu--Schwarz or both in the Ramond sector.
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
Mode I is symmetric under both transformations, mode II is antisymmetric under reflections in the plane but symmetric to reflections perpendicular to the front, and mode III is antisymmetric under both.
Formal Considerations about Fracture: Nucleation and Growth
In order to have a unified model for both convolutions it is now enough to incorporate both coproducts (2.1)-(2.2) into one scheme.
Filtered random variables, bialgebras and convolutions
In the gravity case, generation of the extra dimension may occur both space like and time like dimensions, since both signs are permitted for the generated action ∆SG .
4d Gauge Theory and Gravity Generated from 3d Ones at High Energy
Since the cofinality of I and the coinitiality of N ∗ \ I are both ℵ1 , Tj
Definability of initial segments
Because the difference between the two 4D metrics is a y -dependent prefactor, both gαβ and hαβ transform as 4-tensors on Σy and both satisfy completeness relations.
Null Geodesics in Five Dimensional Manifolds
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