either

Definitions

  • Steps lead up to arch at entrance; towers visible on either side at the front
    Steps lead up to arch at entrance; towers visible on either side at the front
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv either after a negative statement used as an intensive meaning something like `likewise' or `also' "he isn't stupid, but he isn't exactly a genius either","I don't know either","if you don't order dessert I won't either"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

How Abbey could I be with either! How Abbey could I be with either!

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Two objects have struck the earth with enough force to destroy a whole city. Each object, one in 1908 and again in 1947, struck regions of Siberia. Not one human being was hurt either time
    • Either Each of two; the one and the other; both; -- formerly, also, each of any number. "His flowing hair
      In curls on either cheek played."
      "On either side . . . was there the tree of life.""The extreme right and left of either army never engaged."
    • conj Either Either precedes two, or more, coördinate words or phrases, and is introductory to an alternative. It is correlative to or.Either was formerly sometimes used without any correlation, and where we should now use or. "Either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth.""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.""Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs?"
    • Either 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."
      "Scarce a palm of ground could be gotten by either of the three.""There have been three talkers in Great British, either of whom would illustrate what I say about dogmatists."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During a severe windstorm or rainstorm the Empire State Building may sway several feet to either side.
    • either Being one or the other of two, taken indifferently or as the case requires: referring to two units or particulars of a class: as, it can be done in either way; take either apple; the boat will land on either side.
    • either Being one and the other of two; being both of two, or each of two taken together but viewed separately: as, they took seats on either side.
    • either [In this use, each or both, according to construction, is nearly if not quite always to be preferred. Properly, either refers indefinitely to one or the other of two (and often in actual use, though less accurately, to some one of any number); each, definitely to every one of two or any larger number considered individually: a distinctness of signification which ought to be maintained, since interchange of the words (less practised by careful writers now than formerly) offers no advantage, but may create ambiguity. Both, two together, one and the other taken jointly, should be preferred when this is the specific sense; but both and each may often be interchanged. Thus, the camp may be pitched on either side of the stream (on one or the other side indifferently); there were two camps, one on each side; the camp was pitched on both sides (one camp, divided); there are fine buildings on both sides of the street, or on each side, but not on either side.]
    • either One or the other; one of two, taken indifferently.
    • either Each of two; the one and the other.
    • either In one case; according to one choice or supposition (in a series of two or more): a disjunctive conjunction, preceding one of a series of two or more alternative clauses, and correlative with or before the following clause or clauses. Sometimes, as in poetry, or is used before the first clause also.
    • either In any case; at all: used adverbially, for emphasis, after a sentence expressing a negation of one or two alternatives, or of all alternatives: corresponding to too similarly used after affirmative sentences: as, he tried it, and didn't succeed; then I tried it, but I didn't succeed, either. That's mine; no, it isn't, either.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Seven cities claim to be the birthplace of the Greek epic poet Homer. He is also thought to have been born in either 1159 B.C., 1102 B.C., 1044 B.C., 830 B.C., or 685 B.C.
    • adj., pron Either ē′thėr, or ī′thėr the one or the other: one of two: each of two
    • conj Either correlative to or:
    • conj Either (B.) or
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Quotations

  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “Children wish fathers looked but with their eyes; fathers that children with their judgment looked; and either may be wrong.”
  • Eldridge Cleaver
    Eldridge Cleaver
    “You are either part of the solution or part of the problem.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    Henry%20Wadsworth%20Longfellow
    “Trouble is the next best thing to enjoyment. There is no fate in the world so horrible as to have no share in either its joys or sorrows.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.”
  • Francis Bacon
    Francis%20Bacon
    “He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.”
  • John Ruskin
    John%20Ruskin
    “Large fortunes are all founded either on the occupation of land, or lending or the taxation of labor.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. either, aither, AS. ǣgðer, ǣghwæðer,akin to OHG. ēogiwedar, MHG. iegeweder,); ā, + ge, + hwæðer, whether. See Each, and Whether, and cf. Or conj,

Usage

In literature:

We cannot, therefore, attribute either to fortune or to merit what he accomplished without either.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
But there is no time either for further inquiry or reflection.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
He is not much of a hunter either.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Men do not die either from sea-sickness or despair, nor boys either.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
Clyde, a bright spot of anger on either cheek, turned to Nita.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
At least it didn't look like she was going either blind or insane!
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
Else you must lie among us bound, hand and foot, to a warrior on either side.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The condition of a ship having no sails set when out at sea, and either scudding or lying-to by stress of weather.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The barrister, however, was too much a man of the world either to congratulate him or condole with him.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
There was no love lost on either side.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Don't know why, either, unless it is that they're so different.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
But if his experiments prove inconclusive either way, he is quit for his loss of time, no vital harm being done.
"The Will to Believe" by William James
Front:= The space, in width, occupied by an element, either in line or in column.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
I like either a cheerful downpour or else sunshine.
"Reels and Spindles" by Evelyn Raymond
She had not the "cut" of a widow in my eyes, and there was not the semblance of a "weed" either about her dress or her looks.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
It was long after midnight before either awoke: for there was nothing to awake them.
"The Ocean Waifs" by Mayne Reid
True, I anticipated no great benefit from either: for what could either avail me?
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
But certainly no person will accuse Mr. Southey of having promoted or intended to promote either Islamism or Brahminism.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Better not say too much to the parents at present, either way!
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
He must be either indifferent or unwilling.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
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In poetry:

You will not tame this sea
either by humility or rapture.
But you can laugh
in its face.
"The Sea And The Man" by Anna Swirszczynska
Father, I'm listening so
To hear him if I may!
His voice must either be very low,
Or very far away!
"Willie's Question" by George MacDonald
Fair moon, to thee I sing
Bright regent of the heavens;
Say, why is every thing
Either at sixes or at sevens!
"Fragments" by Louisa May Alcott
From my farm, from hèr farm
Furtively we came.
In either home a hearth was warm:
We nursed a hungrier flame.
"Exmoor Verses" by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch
For shame or pity, now incline
To play a loving part;
Either to send me kindly thine,
Or give me back my heart.
"To Oenone" by Robert Herrick
Thro' silence and thro' darkness
We glided down the tide
That wound around the mountains
That rose on either side.
"Lake Como" by Abram Joseph Ryan

In news:

I didn't think so (and you won't catch me on them either).
His numbers on the ground weren't bad either, as he had 10 carries for 96 yards and a score.
Physicians in North Carolina previously faced extremes when the medical board considered disciplining them: Either nothing would happen, or their licenses would be revoked or suspended.
She didn't wear a mask to cover her face either.
No, but I wouldn´t have been happy with either choice.
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A quest for deals finds no throwaway wines—but few great values, either.
Close to one third of the 1.8 million students who this year will go directly from high school to either a 2- or 4-year college have taken calculus in high school.
Most pocket camcorders I've reviewed don't offer auto-focus and many times no macro mode either.
Kimberly Can't Use a Can Opener Either.
Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center is not a puzzle in either the literal or figurative sense.
It's not just shameless political posturing by the grandiloquent council member, either.
Persons with histories of either condition are assigned to the " cardiovascular disease " (CVD) state.
Of course, I'm not voting for either one of these yahoos.
1 our analysis did not show a difference in restenosis rates between procedures at either 2 year or 4 year follow-up.
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In science:

Thus, “thermodynamic depth” may not qualify as either a convex or a monotonic complexity measure, or it may be either depending on the particulars of the system being investigated.
Response to Comments on "Simple Measure for Complexity"
For quasi-transitive graphs, the famous finite-energy argument of Newman and Schulman shows that the number of infinite clusters must (under either FRC or WRC, and for fixed p and q) be an almost sure constant, and either 0, 1 or ∞.
Coupling and Bernoullicity in random-cluster and Potts models
Since M is simple, I x is either M or {0} and from the faithfulness we have that I is either R or {0}.
On simple and semisimple quantales
If the result of either measurement revealed that the system was either at location 0 or location N , then terminate the process, otherwise repeat step 2.
Limit theorems and absorption problems for quantum random walks in one dimension
Now, (g0 , δ), (g′ 0 , δ ′ ) are either both quasitriangular, or both imaginary factorizable; that is, are either both t, t′ are in R>0 , or both in iR>0 .
On simple real Lie bialgebras
For any x ∈ Z3 , write ǫ(x) = (0 Either zero or one component of x is odd. 1 Either two or three components of x are odd.
Random Surfaces
We will choose {|αi} to be either position or momentum states, thereby partitioning the cells either vertically or horizontally.
What is random about a quantum random walk?
Then the path x is either selected or trivial; in either case, it is reduced.
Diagrams with Selection and Method for Constructing Boundedly Generated and Boundedly Simple Groups
Then the path x is either selected or trivial; in either case, it is reduced.
Diagrams with Selection and Method for Constructing Boundedly Generated and Boundedly Simple Groups
Since a simple group of type G2 is either anisotropic or split, therefore the anisotropic kernel of this group over any extension is either the whole group or it is trivial, and hence it is always defined over the base field.
Arithmetic of algebraic groups
If there is a completely suitable cycle in either experiment, the Boolean function takes the value 1, if there is no suitable cycle in either experiment, the Boolean function takes the value 0.
Balanced Boolean functions that can be evaluated so that every input bit is unlikely to be read
Their numerical results show that during preheating the number density in σ is much smaller than in either χ or Φ and its effect on the evolution of either nχ or nΦ is negligible.
Light Scalars and the Generation of Density Perturbations During Preheating or Inflaton Decay
Definition 2.5. A splitting is elementary if the graph Γ(V , E ) is either an edge of groups or a loop of groups so that either G ∼= A ∗C B , or G ∼= A∗C . A splitting is called Abelian if the edge groups are all Abelian.
Isomorphism problem for finitely generated fully residually free groups
In this paper, we shall approximate the Brownian motion either by a scaled random walk, either by a sequence of martingales.
Stability of solutions of BSDEs with random terminal time
Many results extend immediately to M (S ), either by inspecting the proof, or because µn → µ in M (S ) if and only if µn (S ) → µ(S ) and either µ(S ) = 0 or µn/µn (S ) → µ/µ(S ) in P (S ).
The phase transition in inhomogeneous random graphs
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