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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Either  \Ei"ther\  (?;  277),  a.  &  pron.  [OE.  either  aither,  AS 
  ?g?er,  ?ghw[ae]?er  (akin  to  OHG.  ?ogiwedar,  MHG.  iegeweder); 
  [=a]  +  ge  +  hw[ae]?er  whether.  See  {Each},  and  {Whether},  and 
  cf  {Or},  conj.] 
  1.  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  --Shak. 
 
  Scarce  a  palm  of  ground  could  be  gotten  by  either  of 
  the  three  --Bacon. 
 
  There  have  been  three  talkers  in  Great  British, 
  either  of  whom  would  illustrate  what  I  say  about 
  dogmatists.  --Holmes. 
 
  2.  Each  of  two  the  one  and  the  other  both  --  formerly, 
  also  each  of  any  number. 
 
  His  flowing  hair  In  curls  on  either  cheek  played. 
  --Milton. 
 
  On  either  side  .  .  .  was  there  the  tree  of  life. 
  --Rev.  xxii. 
  2. 
 
  The  extreme  right  and  left  of  either  army  never 
  engaged.  --Jowett 
  (Thucyd). 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Either  \Ei"ther\,  conj.  Either 
  precedes  two  or  more  co["o]rdinate  words  or  phrases,  and  is 
  introductory  to  an  alternative.  It  is  correlative  to  or 
 
  Either  he  is  talking,  or  he  is  pursuing,  or  he  is  in  a 
  journey,  or  peradventure  he  sleepeth  --1  Kings 
  xviii.  27. 
 
  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.  --Latham. 
 
  Note:  Either  was  formerly  sometimes  used  without  any 
  correlation,  and  where  we  should  now  use  or 
 
  Can  the  fig  tree,  my  brethren,  bear  olive 
  berries?  either  a  vine,  figs??  --James  iii. 
  12. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  either 
  adv  :  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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