[ɒv;(ə)v] or [əv]
(prep.) In a general sense, from, or out from; proceeding from; belonging to; relating to; concerning; -- used in a variety of applications; as:
(prep.) Denoting that from which anything proceeds; indicating origin, source, descent, and the like; as, he is of a race of kings; he is of noble blood.
(prep.) Denoting possession or ownership, or the relation of subject to attribute; as, the apartment of the consul: the power of the king; a man of courage; the gate of heaven.
(prep.) Denoting the material of which anything is composed, or that which it contains; as, a throne of gold; a sword of steel; a wreath of mist; a cup of water.
(prep.) Denoting part of an aggregate or whole; belonging to a number or quantity mentioned; out of; from amongst; as, of this little he had some to spare; some of the mines were unproductive; most of the company.
(prep.) Denoting that by which a person or thing is actuated or impelled; also, the source of a purpose or action; as, they went of their own will; no body can move of itself; he did it of necessity.
(prep.) Denoting reference to a thing; about; concerning; relating to; as, to boast of one's achievements.
(prep.) Denoting nearness or distance, either in space or time; from; as, within a league of the town; within an hour of the appointed time.
(prep.) Denoting identity or equivalence; -- used with a name or appellation, and equivalent to the relation of apposition; as, the continent of America; the city of Rome; the Island of Cuba.
(prep.) Denoting the agent, or person by whom, or thing by which, anything is, or is done; by.
(prep.) Denoting relation to place or time; belonging to, or connected with; as, men of Athens; the people of the Middle Ages; in the days of Herod.
(prep.) Denoting passage from one state to another; from.
(prep.) During; in the course of.
prep. from or out from: belonging to: out of: among: proceeding from so in the Litany and Nicene Creed: owing to: with: over: concerning: during: (B. and Pr. Bk.) sometimes=by from on or over.—Of purpose (B.) intentionally.
- Investigation of these cases, however, revealed invariably the purely fraudulent nature of all such offers, which were uniformly declined. Frank Lewis Dyer. Edison, His Life and Inventions.
- Will was not quite contented, thinking that he would apparently have been of more importance if he had been disliked. George Eliot. Middlemarch.
- Of the numerous other telegraph instruments that have been invented since 1837, that of Mr. Morse is in most general use, especially on the Continent and in America. Frederick C. Bakewell. Great Facts.
- The tribe was a big family; the nation a group of tribal families; a household often contained hundreds of people. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- On the strength of Darcy's regard, Bingley had the firmest reliance, and of his judgement the highest opinion. Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice.
- Nothing, he said, can be more just than such a description of him. Plato. The Republic.
- His mouth was such a post-office of a mouth that he had a mechanical appearance of smiling. Charles Dickens. Great Expectations.
- The paper was first dipped into a solution of common salt, and then wiped dry, to diffuse the salt uniformly through the substance of the paper. Frederick C. Bakewell. Great Facts.
- Miss Vye's family is a good one on her mother's side; and her father was a romantic wanderer--a sort of Greek Ulysses. Thomas Hardy. The Return of the Native.
- Reason is wholly inactive, and can never be the source of so active a principle as conscience, or a sense of morals. David Hume. A Treatise of Human Nature.
- But when she went away, he relapsed under the misery of his dissolution. D. H. Lawrence. Women in Love .
- Old Steiler was standing at the porch of his hotel. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.
- He thought no more of the matter until he heard in the evening of the tragedy that had occurred. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
- The human watchdogs must be philosophers or lovers of learning which will make them gentle. Plato. The Republic.
- I am also to take it as a matter of fact that the proposal to withdraw from the engagement came, in the first instance, from YOU? Wilkie Collins. The Moonstone.
- It was generally believed that there would be a flurry; that some of the extreme Southern States would go so far as to pass ordinances of secession. Ulysses S. Grant. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.
- The perfect impregnation of the water with gas, however, requires time. Frederick C. Bakewell. Great Facts.
- I wish to express my gratitude also to Miss Florence Bonnet for aid in the correction of the manuscript. Walter Libby. An Introduction to the History of Science.
- Animal and vegetable matter buried in the depth of the earth sometimes undergoes natural distillation, and as a result gas is formed. Bertha M. Clark. General Science.
- Seest thou, Isaac, said Front-de-Boeuf, the range of iron bars above the glowing charcoal? Walter Scott. Ivanhoe.
- The boy's eyes had lighted with pleasure as I spoke, and I saw him glance from his rusty trappings to the magnificence of my own. Edgar Rice Burroughs. The Gods of Mars.
- My, it might be a description of Watson! Arthur Conan Doyle. The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
- The Unquenchables had done their best to be worthy of the name, for like elves they had worked by night and conjured up a comical surprise. Louisa May Alcott. Little Women.
- They have a kind of hard flints, which, by grinding against other stones, they form into instruments, that serve instead of wedges, axes, and hammers. Jonathan Swift. Gulliver's Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World.
- In each bladder was a small quantity of dried peas, or little pebbles, as I was afterwards informed. Jonathan Swift. Gulliver's Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World.
- I am the last court of appeal. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
- I felt it against the back of the chair. Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell To Arms.
- Which of them had a step so quiet, a hand so gentle, but I should have heard or felt her, if she had approached or touched me in a day-sleep? Charlotte Bronte. Villette.
- The table was of the usual European style --cushions dead and twice as high as the balls; the cues in bad repair. Mark Twain. The Innocents Abroad.
- And then commenced a train of thought quite new to me. Edgar Rice Burroughs. A Princess of Mars.