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Definitions

  • Shawl or Toga Pin
    Shawl or Toga Pin
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n OR a room in a hospital equipped for the performance of surgical operations "great care is taken to keep the operating rooms aseptic"
    • n OR a state in northwestern United States on the Pacific
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CANDELABRUM, OR LAMP STANDS CANDELABRUM, OR LAMP STANDS
CANDELABRA, OR LAMP STANDS CANDELABRA, OR LAMP STANDS
MINERVA, OR PALLAS ATHENE MINERVA, OR PALLAS ATHENE
SARCOPHAGUS, OR COFFIN SARCOPHAGUS, OR COFFIN
An apteryx, or kiwi An apteryx, or kiwi
le chien d'or le chien d'or
College Gate—(or Chertsey's Gate) Rochester College Gate—(or Chertsey's Gate) Rochester
RAIN OR SHINE RAIN OR SHINE

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Urophobia is the fear of urine or urinating
    • conj Or ôr A particle that marks an alternative; as, you may read or may write, -- that is, you may do one of the things at your pleasure, but not both. It corresponds to either. You may ride either to London or to Windsor. It often connects a series of words or propositions, presenting a choice of either; as, he may study law, or medicine, or divinity, or he may enter into trade.Or may be used to join as alternatives terms expressing unlike things or ideas (as, is the orange sour or sweet?), or different terms expressing the same thing or idea; as, this is a sphere, or globe. "If man's convenience, health, Or safety interfere, his rights and claims
      Are paramount."
    • prep. & adv Or Ere; before; sooner than. "But natheless, while I have time and space, Or that I forther in this tale pace."
    • n Or (Her) Yellow or gold color, -- represented in drawing or engraving by small dots.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In a year, the average person walks four miles to make his or her bed
    • or Either; else; otherwise; as an alternative or substitute. A disjunctive conjunction coördinating two or more words or clauses each one of which in turn is regarded as excluding consideration of the other or others: as, your money or your life; by skill or by chance; this road or that. The corresponding negative is nor, with neither as introductory correlative.
    • or There may be several alternatives each joined to the preceding one by or, presenting a choice between any two in the series: as, he may study law or medicine or divinity, or he may enter into trade. The correlations are — Either … or (in archaic or poetical use also or … or).
    • or Whether … or (rarely or … or), in indirect questions.
    • or A conjunction coördinating two or more words or clauses each of which in turn is regarded as an equivalent of the other or others. Thus, we say of a particular diagram that it is a square, or a figure with four equal sides and equal angles.
    • or [Or sometimes begins a sentence, in this case expressing an alternative with the foregoing sentence, or merely a transition to some fresh argument or illustration.
    • or Before; previously; already.
    • or Before; ere; sooner than; rather than: as, or this (before this); or long (before long).
    • or Before; ere.
    • or Sooner than; rather than.
    • or Than.
    • or Lest.
    • n or In heraldry, one of the tinctures — the metal gold, often represented by a yellow color, and in engraving conventionally by dots upon a white ground. See tincture, and cuts under counter-changed and counter-compony.
    • or A Middle English form of your.
    • or A Middle English form of her (their).
    • or An apparent suffix, the terminus of the suffix -tor, -sor, of Latin origin, forming nouns of agent from verbs. The verb is often not directly represented in English, as in doctor, rector, lector, orator, victor, monitor, etc., but is commonly existent in -ate, as in demonstrator, illuminator, illustrator, generator, etc., or in -ite, -it, as in depositor, auditor, etc., or without such suffix, as in instructor, actor, corrector, etc., the noun in -or being in such instances actually or optionally interchangeable with a noun in -er, as instructor or instructer, etc., but the form in -or being generally preferred. Compare -or.
    • or A termination (apparent suffix) of Latin origin, contracted through Old French from an original Latin -ator. In English it is merged with -or, as in emperor, ultimately from Latin imperator; governor, ultimately from Latin gubernator, etc.; or with -er, as in laborer, ultimately from Latin laborator; preacher, ultimately from Latin prædicator, ete. It appears as -iour, -ior, usually -iour (from OF. -eour), in savior, saviour, ultimately from Latin salvator.
    • or A suffix of some nouns of Latin origin, either abstract, as in odor, horror, terror, honor, etc., or concrete, as in arbor, a tree, etc. It is not felt or used as an English formative.
    • or A suffix of Latin origin appearing in comparatives, used in English with a distinct comparative use, as in the adjectives major, minor, junior, senior, prior, but also commonly in nouns, as major, minor, prior, junior, senior, etc. It is not felt or used as an English formative.
    • or A prefix of Anglo-Saxon origin, appearing unrecognized as a prefix and with no separate significance in ordeal, ort, and a few other words now obsolete.
    • or An abbreviation of oriental; of Oregon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the U.S., approximately 46% of the chicken that is eaten by people comes from restaurants or other food outlets
    • adv Or or ere, before.
    • conj Or or marking an alternative, and sometimes opposition (short for other, modern Eng. either)
    • prep Or (B.) before
    • n Or or (her.) gold.
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Quotations

  • Henry Ford
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    “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right!”
  • Anne Byrhhe
    Anne Byrhhe
    “Every action we take, everything we do, is either a victory or defeat in the struggle to become what we want to be.”
  • Wallace D. Wattles
    Wallace D. Wattles
    “Every action is either strong or weak, and when every action is strong we are successful.”
  • Paul Gauguin
    Paul Gauguin
    “Art is either plagiarism or revolution.”
  • Amy Lowell
    Amy Lowell
    “All books are either dreams or swords.”
  • Robert H. Schuller
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    “Never underestimate your problem or your ability to deal with it.”

Idioms

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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By hook or by crook - If you are prepared to do something by hook or by crook, you are willing to do anything, good or bad, to reach your goal.
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Come hell or high water - If someone says they'll do something come hell or high water, they mean that nothing will stop them, no matter what happens.
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Come rain or shine - If I say I'll be at a place come rain or shine, I mean that I can be relied on to turn up; nothing, not even the vagaries of British weather, will deter me or stop me from being there.
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Don't know whether to wind a watch or bark at the moon - If you don't know what to do, you don't know whether to wind a watch or bark at the moon.
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Fish or cut bait - (USA) This idiom is used when you want to tell someone that it is time to take action.
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Make or break - A make or break decision, stage, etc, is a crucial one that will determine the success or failure of the whole venture.
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Muck or nettles - 'Muck or nettles' means 'all or nothing'.
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My way or the highway - This idiom is used to say that if people don't do what you say, they will have to leave or quit the project, etc.
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No ifs or buts - Ifs and Buts is a term used to describe the reasons people give for not wanting to do something. To show that you don't wish to accept any excuses, you can tell somebody that you wish to hear no ifs or buts Here IF & BUT have become nouns
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No use to man or beast - If something or someone is no use to man or beast, they it or they are utterly useless.
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Put or get someone's back up - If you put or get someone's back up, you annoy them.
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Put up or shut up - 'Put up or shut up' means you do something you are talking about or not to talk about it any more.
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Rhyme or reason - If something is without rhyme or reason, it is unreasonable. ('Beyond rhyme or reason' is an alternative.)
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Root hog or die poor - (USA) It's a expression used in the Southern USA that means that you must look out for yourself as no one's going to do it for you. (It can be shortened to 'root hog'. A hog is a pig.)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. or, outher, other, auther, either, or, AS. āwðer, contr. from āhwæðer,; ā, aye + hwæðer, whether. See Aye, and Whether, and cf. Either
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. aurum, gold.

Usage

In literature:

They went out, or some one came in, or there was a lecture or concert, or when the sleighing became good a drive by moonlight.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
It is not meant to imply that either sex, or any member of it, is worse than another, or bad at all, or anything but human.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
More or less pain, more or less prostration and general disturbances at these epochs, are universal and inevitable.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
They will not enable us to add to our stock of food, or drink, or clothes, or jewellery.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
Most assuredly I did not intend to create dissension or to give the slightest occasion for personal feeling or recrimination.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
Rose got up from her perch on the armchair and would have followed, but a movement of obstinacy or Quixotic wrath, or both, detained her.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Nowhere does he assert or imply that Ralegh accepted any present from him, or entered into any compact.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
This pen may be a tree or rock or a square or circle drawn on the ground.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
I don't know whether he thinks I grow them, or make them, or produce them by winking, or what.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
The parts affected are covered scantily or more or less abundantly with somewhat greasy, grayish, or brownish-gray scales.
"Essentials of Diseases of the Skin" by Henry Weightman Stelwagon
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In poetry:

To reach you—thought, or touch, or eye,
Body or soul—I 'd die
Again, to make you understand:
My darling! This is I!
"The First Christmas Apart" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
"Oh teach me how, when any world,
Or dark, or bright, or dim,
Containeth thee, to give my first,
My best of love to Him!"
"The Unseen Preacher" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
My God, what is a heart?
Silver, or gold, or precious stone,
Or starre, or rainbow, or a part
Of all these things, or all of them in one?
"Mattens" by George Herbert
"Be thou or truth or dream," he cried,
"Or spirit of the restless tide,
It booteth not to me, God wot!
But I would have thee to my bride."
"Yvytot" by Eugene Field
Grant these requests, I ask no more
But to thy care the rest resign;
Sick or in health, or rich or poor,
All shall be well if thou art mine.
"Ask What I Shall Give Thee (II)" by John Newton
Or if thy color be pink, or blue,
Or white as snow, thou art ever true;
My room is bright with thy smiling eyes,
And thy fragrance rare I also prize.
"My Primrose" by Joseph Horatio Chant

In news:

Thus you need to confirm if your eggs or chicken comes from "true" or "pastured" or "grass-fed" free-range conditions.
Trick-or-treaters who score lots of candy this Halloween -- or those who lack a sweet tooth -- can trade their extra or unwanted treats for cash.
And while Glazer 's Camera Supply is happy to sell you the latest megapixel monster, or Photoshop, or memory cards, or a flatbed scanner, the knowledgeable staff knows how to talk ASA and Tri-X, too.
For more information or to book, please visit the Park Holiday Beach Resort, or call 80011-7275 or email sales.usa@theparkhotels.com.
What is the significance of the Tibetan terms "Rinpoche, or Rinpoche La," "Tulku, or Tulku La," "Khenpo, or Khenpo La".
When you're a parent or a librarian or a teacher or a bookseller who reads a lot of children's books, you sometimes wish for fun.
Virtually every company - large or small, private or public, local or national - is subject to a panoply of privacy laws.
Liz Barry and Bill Wetzel sit on sidewalks around the city, not asking for money, or sociological survey data, or dates, or even a shower, though that would help after weeks of camping in parks and on rooftops.
"If we see a patient before he or she has begun chemotherapy or radiation, or undergone surgery, we can help him or her properly prepare," says Tran.
Okay, local musicians—now's your chance to live out those School of Rock fantasies wherein you inspire a group of loveable kids to take up instruments and rock out (or play jazz, or classical, or other genres).
Questions to Lisa Tolin, 212-621-5408, or ltolin(at)ap.org, or Steve Loeper, 213-952-1250, or sloeper(at)ap.org.
For more information on KIOTI's new snowblower attachments or other KIOTI products, please visit your authorized KIOTI dealer today or call 877-465-4684 or visit www.KIOTI.com.
I 'm happy to be 40 because that means I'm no longer 39 or 38 or 37 or 36 or 35.
Tablespoon snipped fresh sage or rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried sage or rosemary, crushed.
Or perhaps he's on a fixed income due to graduate school or helping out family members or some sort of bad investment.
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In science:

If ≤ is in addition total, i.e. iff ∀x, y ∈ X x ≤ y or y ≤ x, then ≤ is a total preorder. A binary relation < on X is a total order, iff < is transitive, irreflexive, i.e. x 6< x for all x ∈ X, and for all x, y ∈ X x < y or y < x or x = y .
Distance Semantics for Belief Revision
In other words, the Lemma says that, for an appropriate choice of the eα ’s, σ is either ς or ςµ with µ 6= id , or ωJ , or ω , or ωµ,J with µ 6= id ; and that this does not depend on the isomorphism class as Lie bialgebra.
On simple real Lie bialgebras
Consider a general copolymer S in the plane C (or in Z2 ), made of an arbitrary mixture of RW’s or Brownian paths (set B ) , and SAW’s or polymers (set P ), all starting at neighboring points, and diffusing away, i.e., in a star configuration.
Conformal Fractal Geometry and Boundary Quantum Gravity
The issue of whether or not a system (or state) is controllable is a yes-or-no question.
Coarse graining and control theory model reduction
We say that Γ (or G) is of spherical type if W is finite, that Γ (or G) is right-angled if ms t ∈ {2, +∞} for all s, t ∈ S , s 6= t, and that G (or W ) is irreducible if Γ is connected.
Artin groups of spherical type up to isomorphism
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