• WordNet 3.6
    • v except prevent from being included or considered or accepted "The bad results were excluded from the report","Leave off the top piece"
    • v except take exception to "he demurred at my suggestion to work on Saturday"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: All the moons of the Solar System are named after Greek and Roman mythology, except the moons of Uranus, which are named after Shakespearean characters.
    • Except To object to; to protest against.
    • v. i Except To take exception; to object; -- usually followed by to, sometimes by against; as, to except to a witness or his testimony. "Except thou wilt except against my love."
    • Except To take or leave out (anything) from a number or a whole as not belonging to it; to exclude; to omit. "Who never touched
      The excepted tree."
      "Wherein (if we only except the unfitness of the judge) all other things concurred."
    • conj Except ĕk*sĕpt" Unless; if it be not so that.☞ As a conjunction unless has mostly taken the place of except. "And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.""But yesterday you never opened lip, Except , indeed, to drink."
    • prep Except With exclusion of; leaving or left out; excepting. "God and his Son except , Created thing naught valued he nor . . . shunned ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Pet parrots can eat virtually any common "people-food" except for chocolate and avocados. Both of these are highly toxic to the parrot and can be fatal.
    • except To take or leave out of consideration; exclude from a statement or category, as one or more of a number, or some particular or detail; omit or withhold: as, to except a few from a general condemnation.
    • except To object; take exception: now usually followed by to, but formerly sometimes by against: as, to except to a witness or to his testimony.
    • except Being excepted or left out; with the exception of; excepting: usually equivalent to but, but more emphatic.
    • except Excepting; if it be not that; unless.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are around 2,600 different species of frogs. They live on every continent except Antarctica.
    • v.t Except ek-sept′ to take or leave out: to exclude
    • v.i Except to object
    • prep Except leaving out: excluding: but
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  • Charles ''Tremendous'' Jones
    Charles ''Tremendous'' Jones
    “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Mountains cannot be surmounted except by winding paths.”
  • William M. Thackeray
    “Except for the young or very happy, I can't say I am sorry for anyone who dies.”
  • Alfred De Musset
    Alfred De Musset
    “How glorious it is -- and also how painful -- to be an exception.”
  • Alice Walker
    “Never be the only one, except, possibly, in your own home.”
  • Mark Twain
    “I have never taken any exercise except sleeping and resting.”


Exception that proves the rule - This expression is used by many to indicate that an exception in some way confirms a rule. Others say that the exception tests the rule. In its original legal sense, it meant that a rule could sometimes be inferred from an exemption or exception. In general use, the first meaning predominates nowadays, much to the annoyance of some pedants.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. exceptus, p. p. of excipere, to take or draw out, to except; ex, out + capere, to take: cf. F. excepter,. See Capable


In literature:

But have the United States no other great leading interests, except those which are involved in the production of cotton?
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
Except for this, the taking a long journey under a stranger's care would have been a dreadful thing to her.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
This day we should go hungry except for Thy bounty.
"The Dark Star" by Robert W. Chambers
I don't actually know how, except that Anne is such a good manager.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
No one can damn you except yourself; no one can save you except yourself.
"The Soul of a People" by H. Fielding
York Street was literally full of all classes of people, save and except the typical Irish poor.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Mary thought nothing about it, except that her future brother-in-law must be a very strange man.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
When to-day is colourless, where can one live except in the future?
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
The audience voted unanimously in favor, except one man whose "no" called forth much laughter.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
In every detail, too, it had already failed, excepting only in that particular part played by this young man, whose name was Brisson.
"The Crimson Tide" by Robert W. Chambers

In poetry:

What a thrill -
My thumb instead of an onion.
The top quite gone
Except for a sort of hinge
"Cut" by Sylvia Plath
Of nothing can my heart be sure
Except the highest, best
When God I see with vision pure,
That sight will be my rest.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
"Beside the blooming banks of Tay;
My angel's ashes sleep;
And wherefore should her Ardolph stay
Except to watch and weep?
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More
What know we,--except in physics--,
That the ancients did not know?
Are we wiser than the sages
Of two thousand years ago?
"Discouragement" by John Lawson Stoddard
I reckon he might, to this day,
Have kept his sinful ways
And fooled them trustin’ female wives,
Except there come a haze:
"The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan" by Ellis Parker Butler
Yes, you must go, or else it is no use.
They cannot give the money to me, except
My husband go with me. He told me so.
"Within and Without: Part II: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald

In news:

We would be lost without our exceptional make-up artists.
As we remember and honor those Americans who lost their lives in our country's wars, we take note of an exceptional American.
The SEC is no exception.
For most families, the best rewards credit cards have no annual fee, but there are exceptions.
He has few constraints (except those he's internalized).
Free speech takes a pretty good beating each election season and 2012 is no exception.
The Luxul Xen™ Commercial Grade Omni 802.11n Wireless Access Point (XAP-1030) provides exceptional Omnidirectional Wi-Fi performance in a versatile sturdy metal form factor.
Once upon a time, graduate students from the schools of business, law, medicine, and engineering rarely crossed paths on campus except in the cafeteria or gym.
Corasanti NOT GUILTY Except Common Law DWI.
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) James Corasanti has been found NOT GUILTY of all charges except for common law DWI in the death of Alix Rice.
The ' Common Man ' Response to 9/11 Shows American Exceptionalism.
Everyone Loves Mock Drafts Except the Experts Who Compile Them.
In an exceptional move for an Israeli leader, Mr Barak paid Mr Assad a compliment .
Others criticize its lack of an emergency exception.
This weekend's Conservative Political Action Conference will bring together most of the GOP's potential 2012 presidential contenders (with two notable exceptions: Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee).

In science:

This algebra will also fulfill the hypotheses of theorem 2, except (P3), which is replaced by ( ˜P3) which is the same as (P3) except that the Ni are allowed to belong to ˜B instead of B .
Number Operator Algebras
Since except for type D4 , W can be thought as of a subgroup of index 2 in Z (only the graph automorphism makes a difference), exceptionality would force |W : W1 | to have odd index.
Derangements in simple and primitive groups
Sections 4 to 6 express the exceptional set of energies in scattering theoretic terms, show its finiteness, and prove positivity of the Lyapunov exponent away from the exceptional set.
Localization for Discrete One Dimensional Random Word Models
To check that an exceptional divisor E is very exceptional it is sufficient to verify the following property: for any component Ei ⊂ Supp(E ) such that dim α(Ei ) = dim Y − 1 we have Supp(α∗α(Ei )) 6⊂ Supp(E ).
On Zariski decomposition problem
Since all the red chords of T are red chords of S , except for Ck (T ) and its symmetric partner, the same thing is true for T , except in the region(s) which contain Ck (T ) and Ck (T ).
Tamari lattices and noncrossing partitions in type B and beyond