never

Definitions

  • "How it tasted—well, I've never heard!"
    "How it tasted—well, I've never heard!"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv never not ever; at no time in the past or future "I have never been to China","I shall never forget this day","had never seen a circus","never on Sunday","I will never marry you!"
    • adv never not at all; certainly not; not in any circumstances "never fear","bringing up children is never easy","that will never do","what is morally wrong can never be politically right"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The job that's never ended--Cleaning up for inspection The job that's never ended--Cleaning up for inspection
Never too far gone for a smoke Never too far gone for a smoke
For some of use the War will never end For some of use the War will never end
Homespun clothes were seldom discarded. The many pins, needles, and thimbles found reveal that mending was a never-ending chore for the busy housewife Homespun clothes were seldom discarded. The many pins, needles, and thimbles found reveal that mending was a...
One scene never photographed in football One scene never photographed in football
A watched pot never boils A watched pot never boils
Misfortunes never come singly Misfortunes never come singly
At last she came to a tower which she had never seen before At last she came to a tower which she had never seen before

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ancient Chinese artists would never paint pictures of women's feet.
    • Never In no degree; not in the least; not. "Whosoever has a friend to guide him, may carry his eyes in another man's head, and yet see never the worse.""And he answered him to never a word."
    • Never Not ever; not at any time; at no time, whether past, present, or future. "Death still draws nearer, never seeming near."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Banana oil never saw a banana; it's made from petroleum.
    • never Not ever; not at any time; at no time, whether past, present, or future.
    • never In no degree; not at all; not a whit; not, emphatically.
    • never [Never in this use, with the following indefinite article a, is equivalent to no, or none, and in the contracted form ne'er a is the source of the dialectal or slang adjectivc nary.
    • never [In this idiom there is a suppressed comparison—‘never (at any other time) so (great, good, much, etc.) as in the case supposed or considered.’ Never, becoming merely emphatic, is now usually replaced by ever.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rodents teeth never stop growing.
    • adv Never nev′ėr not ever: at no time: in no degree: not
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you.”
  • Robert H. Schuller
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    “You will suddenly realize that the reason you never changed before was because you didn't want to.”
  • Brigham Young
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    “We should never permit ourselves to do anything that we are not willing to see our children do.”
  • Kahlil Gibran
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    “Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.”
  • Greek Proverb
    Greek Proverb
    “Who ceases to be a friend never was one.”
  • Marie De Rabutin-Chantal
    Marie De Rabutin-Chantal
    “True friendship is never serene.”

Idioms

A slice off a cut loaf is never missed - Used colloquially to describe having sexual intercourse with someone who is not a virgin, especially when they are in a relationship. The analogy refers to a loaf of bread; it is not readily apparent, once the end has been removed, exactly how many slices have been taken.('You never miss a slice from a cut loaf' is also used.)
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A watched pot never boils - Some things work out in their own time, so being impatient and constantly checking will just make things seem longer.
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Always a bridesmaid, never a bride - If someone is always a bridesmaid, never a bride, they never manage to fulfill their ambition- they get close, but never manage the recognition, etc, they crave.
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Better late than never - This idiom suggests that doing something late is better than not doing it at all.
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Faint heart never won fair lady - This means that you will not get the partner of your dreams if you lack the confidence to let them know how you feel.
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It never rains but it pours - 'It never rains but it pours' means that when things go wrong, they go very wrong.
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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.
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Never darken my door again - This is a way of telling someone never to visit you again.
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Never say die - When someone says "Never Say Die", it means that you shouldn't give up hope.
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On the never-never - (UK) If you buy something on the never-never, you buy it on long-term credit.
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Quitters never win; winners never quit - If you quit you will never get what you want, but if you keep trying you will find a way to get what you want. ('Quitters never win, winners never quit, but those who never win and never quit are idiots' is a variation accredited to Larry Kersten)
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Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me - To be resistant to criticism. This is often said to young children upset over the fact that another child called them something that they did not like.
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Will never fly - If an idea or project, etc, will never fly, it has no chance of succeeding.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. nǣfre,; ne, not, no + ǣfre, ever
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. nǽfrene, not, ǽfre, ever.

Usage

In literature:

I ain't never hurry till yet, and I never see a hant.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
The soldier said they could be depended on and never broke a promise.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
Because it is decreed that a man I never have known I never shall know.
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
I never saw a grown slave whupped or in chains and I never saw a slave sold.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
You are ours, and we'll never, never let you go.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
But Hood's brave army never hesitated, never doubted.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
Never, never, never would she drag the man she loved down into her depths of shame.
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
It was never without danger, but it was never a sufficient barrier to give them pause.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
But, so far, never, never, picture that!
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Never love, and never marry, Margaret!
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
This element is never absent from the affairs of men.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
She vowed then she'd never go to church again, and she never has.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
He would never, never listen to any request for help, even if I could bring myself to make it.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
I'll never forgive her, I'll never go back to her, never, never, unless she asks me to.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
I told her I'd never forgive her and I never shall.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
She is never ill, she is never idle, she always knows her own mind.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
For this reason she was never in a bad humour, never bored, never lazy, never tired.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
I say I have never complained of this, never mentioned it once in this contest.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
She never mentioned the incident to any one, and never forgot it; but her only feeling about it was that the pigeon had had a narrow escape.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
As my folks never talked age, it never worried me till jes' here of late.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
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In poetry:

Never a word replies,
Never to all my weeping--
Only a sound of sighs,
And raiment past me sweeping....
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part V" by Madison Julius Cawein
Oh wife, oh wife — I tell you true,
I never loved no one but you.
I never will, it cannot be
another woman is for me.
"Ballad Of The Despairing Husband" by Robert Creeley
I never will forget thee, love!
Though in a prison far I be;
I never will forget thee, love!
And thou wilt still remember me!
"Lines, Addressed To My Wife From The King's Bench Prison, May I5, 1820." by Samuel Bamford
Farewell, ye verdant hills and vales,
Farewell thou rolling river,
Whose waves flow onward to the sea,
Returning, never, never.
"Farewell To Ablemarle" by James Avis Bartley
`Thro' the Heaven and Earth and Hell
Thou shalt never, never quell:
I will fly and thou pursue:
Night and morn the flight renew.'
"My Spectre Around Me Night and Day" by William Blake
And thou dost well — for never sorrow
Sat upon thy golden brow;
And never storm of earthly passion
Gather'd in thy breast of snow.
"To the Fritillary on a Sabbath Morn" by Caroline Fry

In news:

Never listen to those who say "you can't" and never give up.
Never Say Never" & "No Strings Attached ".
Austen Everett never played at Miami, and if the Hurricanes have their way, she'll never be forgotten.
Aside from never talking back, my mother consistently preached one rule above others throughout my childhood: Never ever throw out a National Geographic magazine.
Because if you are interested and curious, you will never be bored and, it follows, you will never be boring .
Their investigation showed he never left the house, was never shot at and was with other people at all times.
A watched pot never boils, and as I've learned this week, an obsessively tracked package never appears.
"If that post office closed , it would never re-open, there would never be another branch in Edgard," Smith said.
The lesson on Monday, obviously, is never say never when it comes to snow in the Mid-Atlantic, even as the onset of spring quickly approaches.
I don't think we'll see Phelps again, but it's always wise to never say never.
I will never be a Hall of Famer and will never lead the league in strikeouts.
One of my guilty pleasures is So You Think You Can Dance , which has introduced me to styles I have never seen, danced by people I would never believe could dance them, and movements I never thought possible by a human being.
It turns out that the reporter had never been to a dog show AND had never done acid.
"And she never had dreams , so they never came true" -J.
Hearing it used unironically, as would-be Missouri Senator Todd Akin did last week, one almost feels as if Amelia Earhart never flew a plane and Sally Ride never rode a space shuttle.
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In science:

It suffices to prove that β + w (β ) is never a root.
Solutions to WDVV from generalized Drinfeld-Sokolov hierarchies
To the best of our knowledge the exact numerical value of this mass exponent has never been reported.
Formation of a New Class of Random Fractals in Fragmentation with Mass Loss
Dioubina’s examples never have any finite presentation.
Problems on the geometry of finitely generated solvable groups
These modules, which never move, are of two types.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
This can easily be seen because in Gk there occurs both the orbit [i.e. the fibre] Z \ G and the orbit pt = G\ G being never isomorphic.
On the Gribov Problem for Generalized Connections
Similar results hold for other parameter values, and we never see ∆ ≪ 1, which would be indicative of a pairing structure.
Spin Structure of Many-Body Systems with Two-Body Random Interactions
This is, in fact never a problem: the Poisson point process has almost surely support on a finite set, and therefore eαx always a.s. integrable.
Fluctuations of the free energy in the REM and the p-spin SK models
These are almost never homotopy equivalences because the fundamental groups are usually different.
Dual 2-complexes in 4-manifolds
For very large temperature q approaches zero but is never exactly equal to zero.
Random Heteropolymer Dynamics
Although in this case ∆ will in general also have many eigenstates of eigenvalue zero, they are not important as they will never occur in any measurement of the two pure states.
Optimal local discrimination of two multipartite pure states
This high score region is going to be scarcely sampled; often this region is almost never represented in a finite sample.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
Hence, in principle a pseudo random number generator can never be tested thoroughly for the randomness of the sequence of random numbers it generates.
Monte Carlo: Basics
It is clear that with the memoryless learner algorithm, the student will never be able to learn the set Rk if Rk ⊂ Rl .
Harmonic mean, random polynomials and stochastic matrices
This is not possible and so one never reaches the stable FP III.
Phase Transition in the Random Anisotropy Model
As a consequence of the constraints A can never vanish.
Applications of the theory of evolution equations to general relativity
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