from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Constituting each and all members of a group without exception.
- adj. Being all possible: had every chance of winning, but lost.
- adj. Being each of a specified succession of objects or intervals: every third seat; every two hours.
- adj. Being the highest degree or expression of: showed us every attention; had every hope of succeeding.
- idiom every bit Informal In all ways; equally: He is every bit as mean as she is.
- idiom then From time to time; occasionally.
- idiom every once in a while From time to time; occasionally.
- idiom every other Each alternate: She went to visit her aunt every other week.
- idiom every so often At intervals; occasionally.
- idiom every which way Informal In every direction.
- idiom every which way Informal In complete disorder.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- All of a countable group, without exception.
- Used with ordinal numbers to denote those items whose position is divisible by the corresponding cardinal number, or a portion of equal size to that set.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. All the parts which compose a whole collection or aggregate number, considered in their individuality, all taken separately one by one, out of an indefinite number.
- adj. Every one. Cf. Each.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Each, considered indefinitely as a unitary part of an aggregate; all, of a collective or aggregate number, taken one by one; any, as representing all of whom or of which the same thing is predicated.
- each one (of the whole number); every person; everybody.
- Each of any number of persons or things; every one.
- n. An obsolete form of ivory. Wright
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. each and all of a series of entities or intervals as specified
- adj. (used of count nouns) each and all of the members of a group considered singly and without exception
Middle English everi, everich, from Old English ǣfre ǣlc : ǣfre, ever; see aiw- in Indo-European roots + ǣlc, each; see līk- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English everich, which is made up of Old English ǣfre ("ever") + ǣlċ ("each"). Furthermore, ǣfre itself comes from ā in feore ("ever in life"), and ǣlċ from ā ġelīċ ("ever alike"). Thus equivalent to ever + each. (Wiktionary)