Or
Or Or ([^o]r), conj. [OE. or, outher, other, auther, either, or, AS. [=a]w[eth]er, contr. from [=a]hw[ae][eth]er; [=a] aye + hw[ae][eth]er whether. See {Aye}, and {Whether}, and cf. {Either}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

If man's convenience, health, Or safety interfere, his rights and claims Are paramount. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

Note: 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. [1913 Webster]

Note: Or sometimes begins a sentence. In this case it expresses an alternative or subjoins a clause differing from the foregoing. ``Or what man is there of you, who, if his son shall ask him for a loaf, will give him a stone?'' --Matt. vii. 9 (Rev. Ver.). [1913 Webster] Or for either is archaic or poetic. [1913 Webster]

Maugre thine heed, thou must for indigence Or steal, or beg, or borrow thy dispence. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]


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  • -or — suff. [L. or: cf. OF. or, ur, our, F. eur.] 1. A noun suffix denoting an act; a state or quality; as in error, fervor, pallor, candor, etc. [1913 Webster] 2. A noun suffix denoting an agent or doer; as in auditor, one who hears; donor, one who… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Or — Or, prep. & adv. [AS. ?r ere, before. [root]204. See {Ere}, prep. & adv.] Ere; before; sooner than. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] But natheless, while I have time and space, Or that I forther in this tale pace. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] {Or ever}, {Or ere} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Or — Or, n. [F., fr. L. aurum gold. Cf. {Aureate}.] (Her.) Yellow or gold color, represented in drawing or engraving by small dots. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • OR — (engl.) steht für oder: Logisches Oder (Disjunktion) Oder Gatter Or (franz. für „Gold“) steht für: Or (Mon trésor), einen israelischen Spielfilm aus dem Jahr 2004 OR steht als Abkürzung für: Alkoxygruppe, in der Chemie Arkefly (IATA Code)… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Or — (engl.) steht für Oder: Logisches Oder (Disjunktion) Oder Gatter Odds ratio (Quotenverhältnis) Or (franz. für „Gold“) steht für: Or (Mon trésor), einen israelischen Spielfilm aus dem Jahr 2004 OR steht als Abkürzung für: Alkoxygruppe, in der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • OR — s. m. Métal d un jaune brillant, très ductile, très pesant, mou, inaltérable à l air, insoluble dans les acides, et dont on fait les monnaies de la plus haute valeur, les ouvrages de bijouterie les plus précieux. Bon or. Vrai or. Faux or. Or pur …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • OR — n. m. Métal d’un jaune brillant, très ductile, très pesant, inaltérable à l’air, à l’eau, dont on fait les monnaies de la plus haute valeur et les ouvrages de bijouterie. Or pur. Or fin. Or au titre. Or à vingt quatre carats. Or vierge. Or de… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • or — I. conjunction Etymology: Middle English, alteration of other, alteration of Old English oththe; akin to Old High German eddo or Date: 13th century 1. used as a function word to indicate an alternative < coffee or tea > < sink or swim >, the… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • OR — Particule dont on se sert pour lier un discours à un autre. Or, pour revenir à ce que nous disions.   Il sert aussi à lier une proposition à une autre, comme la mineure d un argument à la majeure. Le sage est heureux : or Socrate est sage, ou or… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • -or — I. noun suffix Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French ur, our, eour & Latin or; Anglo French ur, our, from Latin or; Anglo French eour, from Latin ator, from a , verb stem + tor, agent suffix; akin to Greek tōr, agent suffix, Sanskrit tā… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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