• WordNet 3.6
    • adj all completely given to or absorbed by "became all attention"
    • adj all quantifier; used with either mass or count nouns to indicate the whole number or amount of or every one of a class "we sat up all night","ate all the food","all men are mortal","all parties are welcome"
    • adv all to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly') "he was wholly convinced","entirely satisfied with the meal","it was completely different from what we expected","was completely at fault","a totally new situation","the directions were all wrong","it was not altogether her fault","an altogether new approach","a whole new idea"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"The peacock took all her play in good part." "The peacock took all her play in good part."
"He hit out with all his force." "He hit out with all his force."
"All three set to work shoulder to shoulder." "All three set to work shoulder to shoulder."
All the Same Family All the Same Family
why not Stop All Night why not Stop All Night
He Began to Dance All Around the Platform 037 He Began to Dance All Around the Platform 037
He Must Bring his Folks, and All His Wives 289 He Must Bring his Folks, and All His Wives 289

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The second best selling game of all time is Jenga. Jenga is a Swahili word, meaning "to build."
    • conj All Although; albeit. "Albe Clarissa were their chiefest founderess.""All they were wondrous loth."
    • All Any. "Without all remedy."
    • All Even; just. (Often a mere intensive adjunct "All as his straying flock he fed.""A damsel lay deploring All on a rock reclined."
    • All Only; alone; nothing but. "I was born to speak all mirth and no matter."
    • n All The whole number, quantity, or amount; the entire thing; everything included or concerned; the aggregate; the whole; totality; everything or every person; as, our all is at stake.All is used with of, like a partitive; as, all of a thing, all of us. "Death, as the Psalmist saith, is certain to all .""All that thou seest is mine."
    • All The whole quantity, extent, duration, amount, quality, or degree of; the whole; the whole number of; any whatever; every; as, all the wheat; all the land; all the year; all the strength; all happiness; all abundance; loss of all power; beyond all doubt; you will see us allor all of us). "Prove all things: hold fast that which is good."
    • All Wholly; completely; altogether; entirely; quite; very; as, all bedewed; my friend is all for amusement. "And cheeks all pale."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Not all polar bears hibernate; only pregnant females polar bears do
    • all The whole quantity of, with reference to substance, extent, duration, amount, or degree: with a noun in the singular, chiefly such nouns (proper names, names of substances, abstract nouns—any whole or any part regarded in itself as a whole) as from their meaning or particular use do not in such use admit of a plural: as, all Europe; all Homer; all flesh; all control; all history.
    • all The whole number of, with reference to individuals or particulars, taken collectively: with a noun in the plural: as, all men; all nations; all metals; all hopes; all sciences; all days. [All in logic is the sign of a distributed term in an affirmative proposition: as, all men are mortal. This use of all, in place of every, is a result of Boëthius's use of omnis as a translation of the πᾶς of Aristotle.]
    • all Every: chiefly with kind, sort, manner, and formerly with thing.
    • all Any; any whatever: after a preposition or verb implying negation or exclusion: as, beyond all controversy; out of all question; he was free from all thought of danger.
    • all Only; alone.
    • all When joined to nouns accompanied by a definitive (the definite article, a possessive or demonstrative pronoun, etc.), all precedes the latter whether with a singular or plural noun, or else follows the noun if it is plural; as, all my labor; all his goods; all this time; all these things; all the men agreed to this, or, the men all agreed to this. In the phrases all day, all night, all summer, all winter, all the year, all the time, etc., the noun is an adverbial accusative. In the first four the article is usually omitted.
    • all When joined to a personal or relative pronoun in the plural, all may precede, but now usually follows, the pronoun.
    • all The alternative construction is all of us, all of them, etc. (see II., 2); or the two constructions may stand together.
    • all The adjective all, with a singular or plural noun, is often separated from its subject, especially by the verb be (expressed, or in the present participle often omitted), and, being thus apparently a part of the predicate, assumes a transitional position, and may equally well be regarded as an adverb, meaning altogether, wholly: as, the house was all dark; he was all ears; the poor horse was all skin and bones; the papers were all in confusion; it was all a mistake; it is all gone.
    • all The whole quantity or amount; the whole; the aggregate; the total: in a singular sense.
    • all The whole number; every individual or particular, taken collectively; especially, all men or all people: in a plural sense.
    • all All, in either of the preceding uses, is often followed by a limiting phrase with of.
    • all Everything: as, is that all? that is all.
    • all Altogether; wholly.
    • all In every way; altogether; wholly.
    • all In any degree; in any degree whatever; in the least degree; for any reason; on any consideration: as, I was surprised at his coming at all.
    • all In any way; to any extent; of any kind or character: in negative, interrogative, or conditional clauses (compare I., 4): as, he was not at all disturbed; did you hear anything at all? if you hear anything at all, let me know; no offense at all.
    • all Notwithstanding; in spite of (the thing or fact mentioned): followed by an object noun or pronoun or an object clause with that, which is often omitted: as, for all that, the fact remains the same; you may do so for all (that) I care, or for all me. See for.
    • all In whole: as, in part or in all.
    • all etc., in certain games, means that all (or merely both) the players or sides have two, three, etc., points.
    • n all A whole; an entirety; a totality of things or qualities. The All is used for the universe.
    • n all One's whole interest, concern, or property: usually with a possessive pronoun: as, she has given her all.
    • all Wholly; entirely; completely; altogether; quite. In this use common with adverbs of degree, especially too: as, he arrived all too late.
    • all [From the frequent Middle English use of all in this sense before verbs with the prefix to- (see to-, to-break, to-cut, to-tear, etc.), that prefix, when no longer felt as such, came to be attached to the adverb, all to or alto being regarded as an adverbial phrase or word, and sometimes improperly used, in later English, with verbs having originally no claim to the prefix.
    • all Even; just: at first emphatic or intensive. With prepositional phrases of place or time, in later use, particularly in ballad poetry, little more than merely expletive or pleonastic: as, all in the month of May; all in the morning tide.
    • all With conjunctions if and though, in conditional and concessive clauses: If all, though all, or reversely, all if, all though, even if, even though. These forms are obsolete, except the last, which is now written as one word, although (which see).
    • all [When the verb in such clauses, according to a common subjunctive construction, was placed before the subject, the conjunction if or though might be omitted, leaving all as an apparent conjunction, in the sense of even if, although; especially in the formula al be, as al be it, al be it that, al be that (now albe, albeit, which see).
    • all With conjunction as: All as. Just when; when; as.
    • all As if.
    • all Only; exclusively.
    • all From end to end; in bookbinding, (sewed) in such a manner that the thread passes from end to end of each section, At full length.
    • all too close to the wind: said of a vessel so brought up into the wind that the sails shake.
    • all entirely; completely; quite.
    • all Used especially with drink (see carouse).
    • all Thoroughly; entirely: as, “Dombey and Son” is Dickens all over.
    • all Indisposed; generally ill; having an all-overish feeling.
    • all All past; entirely ceased: as, that is all over.
    • all to all that extent; so much: as, all the better; all the fitter; all the sooner. See the.
    • all [All, in composition, sometimes forms a true compound, as in almighty, already, always, algates, but usually stands, with or sometimes without a hyphen, in loose combination, retaining a syntactic relation, either as adjective, as in All-hallows, All-saints, allspice; as noun, either in genitive plural, as in all-father, or in accusative as direct object, as in all-giver, all-seer, all-heal, particularly with present participles having all as object (though originally in many cases all was adverbial), as in all-healing, all-seeing, all-pervading, etc.; or as adverb, either with a noun (in the transitional construction mentioned under all, a., I., at end), as in all-bone, all-mouth, all-rail, all-wool, or with almost any adjective that admits of rhetorical sweep, as in all-perfect, all-powerful, all-wise, all-glorious, all-important.]
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pitcher Darold Knowles once pitched all seven games of one World Series
    • adj All awl the whole of: every one of: any whatever
    • adv All wholly: completely: entirely:
    • n All the whole: everything: the totality of things—the universe
    • All (obs.) entirely, altogether, as in 'all to-brake' (Judges, ix. 53). The prefix to- originally belonged to the verb (tó brecan), but as verbs with this prefix were rarely used without all, the fact was forgotten, and the to was erroneously regarded as belonging to the all. Hence came into use all-to = wholly, utterly
    • adv All (Shak.) only, alone
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.”
  • Alphonse De Lamartine
    “There is a woman at the beginning of all great things.”
  • Michael Caine
    Michael Caine
    “First of all, I choose the great [roles], and if none of these come, I choose the mediocre ones, and if they don't come, I choose the ones that pay the rent.”
  • Jane Fonda
    Jane Fonda
    “You spend all your life trying to do something they put people in asylums for.”
  • Bible
    “All rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full.”
  • Robert Collier
    “Begin to free yourself at once by doing all that is possible with the means you have, and as you proceed in this spirit the way will open for you to do more.”


A rising tide lifts all boats - This idiom, coined by John F Kennedy, describes the idea that when an economy is performing well, all people will benefit from it.
All ages and stripes - A shorthand for expressing a diversity of folks in a group
All along - If you have known or suspected something all along, then you have felt this from the beginning.
All and sundry - This idiom is a way of emphasising 'all', like saying 'each and every one'.
All bark and no bite - When someone talks tough but really isn't, they are all bark and no bite.
All bets are off - (USA) If all bets are off, then agreements that have been made no longer apply.
All but - If someone all but does something, they almost do it, but don't manage to.
All cats are grey in the dark - Things are indistinguishable in the dark so appearances don't matter.('All cats are grey at night' is also used.)
All dressed up and nowhere to go - You're prepared for something that isn't going to happen.
All ears - If someone says they're all ears, they are very interested in hearing about something.
All eyes on me - If all eyes are on someone, then everyone is paying attention to them.
All fingers and thumbs - If you're all fingers and thumbs, you are too excited or clumsy to do something properly that requires manual dexterity. 'All thumbs' is an alternative form of the idiom.
All hat, no cattle - (USA) When someone talks big, but cannot back it up, they are all hat, no cattle.('Big hat, no cattle' is also used.)
All heart - Someone who is all heart is very kind and generous.
All hell broke loose - When all hell breaks loose, there is chaos, confusion and trouble.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. al, pl. alle, AS. eal, pl. ealle, Northumbrian alle, akin to D. & OHG. al, Ger. all, Icel. allr,. Dan. al, Sw. all, Goth. alls,; and perh. to Ir. and Gael. uile, W. oll,


In literature:

She shuts herself up in her studio all the next morning, all the afternoon and evening.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
All the States are not represented here, nor have all had an opportunity to be so represented.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
We all suffer, we all sin, we all hunger, we all aspire, hope, and die; and, blessed be God!
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
All was over: life was lived, and all its heavenly capabilities missed for ever.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
He raised all his children and all his stepchildren too.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
All of Daniel's compositions came close to her heart; all his pictures were highly coloured; his figures seemed to be full of blood.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
I'm all right, I'm all right.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
All day long, all the next day, all the third day, if the river was wide, they would strut and cluck along the shore, making up their minds.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
He was all iron outside, but all father within.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
With him all months were, we may say, idle months; but, as a rule, August was of all the most idle.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

Jump over the moon;
Jump all the morning,
And all the noon.
"The Little Jumping Girls" by Kate Greenaway
All night the rain raved overhead,
All night I wept awake in bed,
"Woman’s Portion" by Madison Julius Cawein
Sleep, darksome, deep,
Doth on me fall:
Vain hopes all, sleep,
Sleep, yearnings all!
"Sleep, Darksome, Deep" by Paul Verlaine
I have been witness
Of a strange sweetness,
All fancy surpassing
Past all supposing.
"Has Your Soul Sipped?" by Wilfred Owen
All hail, great Judge!
To your bright rays
We never grudge
Ecstatic praise.
All hail!
"Trial" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Deep in the world-heart
Stand its foundations,
Tangled with all things,
Twin-made with all.
"England My Mother" by William Watson

In news:

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All statistics indicate that light injuries consist of 75 percent of all sports injuries.
Through her travels, Eleanor Adame has met people from all over the world, all from her post operating the 1923 Otis cage elevator at the Kansas Statehouse.
In the best of all worlds, all of your customers and business partners would participate in automated B2B programs.
The writer-director treats this super-hero ensemble as the end-all -be-all of comic book movies.
Rankings aren't the end all, be all.
The be-all end-all in competitive fishing.
The Classic is widely regarded as the be-all end-all in competitive fishing.
The Be All and End All.
Enter the word "Qoraxlow" into Google and all you get are a bunch of barebones listings, all referring to the enigmatic , windowless East African restaurant located at Lake Street and Cedar Avenue.
This same general strategy can help us identify all sorts of enzymes from infant-borne microbes that are active on all sorts of milk glycan-structures (glycoproteins, glycolipids and free glycans).
Also, USC announced it was back last year, and the Trojans now appear all but certain to go all High Noon with the Ducks -- perhaps twice -- to see who will own the conference in 2012.
The executor 's responsibilities include collecting all the assets, paying all obligations and finalizing the estate affairs for ultimate distribution to your heirs.

In science:

Why Do Some Bursts Show Oscillations, But Not All? A puzzle is that oscillations are not seen in bursts from all sources, or in all bursts from a particular source.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
If all the Jij are positive then the state of lowest energy (ground state) has all spins parallel (either all +1 or all −1) and is called a ferromagnet.
Computer Science in Physics
In this walk on the circle, the particles all start at integer positions, or all start at halfinteger positions, and at each step, all particles move simultaneously forwards or backwards by 1 2 .
Random Walk in an Alcove of an Affine Weyl Group, and Non-Colliding Random Walks on an Interval
How many Ising spin configurations are compatible with the graph G? It is clear that all the vertices in a given cluster must hold ‘like ’ spins ( all ‘up’ ↑ or all ‘down’ ↓).
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
Then, since ∂S is C 1 at x0 , for all ε > 0, there exists δ(ε) > 0 such that, for all x ∈ ¯S with |x − x0 | ≤ δ(ε), and all v ∈ Rd , |v | ≤ δ(ε) and hn0 , vi ≥ ε|v | ⇒ x + v ∈ S.
Structure of large random hypergraphs