Each Each ([=e]ch), a. or a. pron. [OE. eche, [ae]lc, elk, ilk, AS. [ae]lc; [=a] always + gel[=i]c like; akin to OD. iegelik, OHG. [=e]ogil[=i]h, MHG. iegel[=i]ch, G. jeglich. [root]209. See 3d {Aye}, {Like}, and cf. {Either}, {Every}, {Ilk}.] 1. Every one of the two or more individuals composing a number of objects, considered separately from the rest. It is used either with or without a following noun; as, each of you or each one of you. ``Each of the combatants.'' --Fielding. [1913 Webster]

Note: To each corresponds other. ``Let each esteem other better than himself.'' Each other, used elliptically for each the other. It is our duty to assist each other; that is, it is our duty, each to assist the other, each being in the nominative and other in the objective case. [1913 Webster]

It is a bad thing that men should hate each other; but it is far worse that they should contract the habit of cutting one another's throats without hatred. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

Let each His adamantine coat gird well. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

In each cheek appears a pretty dimple. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Then draw we nearer day by day, Each to his brethren, all to God. --Keble. [1913 Webster]

The oak and the elm have each a distinct character. --Gilpin. [1913 Webster]

2. Every; -- sometimes used interchangeably with every. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

I know each lane and every alley green. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

In short each man's happiness depends upon himself. --Sterne. [1913 Webster]

Note: This use of each for every, though common in Scotland and in America, is now un-English. --Fitzed. Hall.

Syn: See {Every}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

(of two), , (archaic and poetical), , , / (of several),

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